The 40 Days for Life spring campaign is going on nationally and internationally, and in our Toledo Diocese at the Lima abortion clinic.
Medical abortions are performed at this clinic, which means that women are given medication that causes an end to their pregnancy. Doesn’t that sound so simple and almost painless? Even pro-life people sometimes refer to these abortion sites as “only” doing medical abortions. Make no mistake, children are still dying and women are still suffering from the loss of their children as well as physical pain from the procedure.
You may wonder what your experience may be like at an abortion site. Here is one perspective shared with the 40 Days for Life Lima facilitator:
“I was at the abortion clinic last Thursday and the ladies next door (Heartbeat of Lima) said they believe the clinic has very few hours. If it is possible for you to encourage someone to be there on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they may be there at the time they are working. This was their guess for working hours.
“May I say it was horrible how many people went in during the one hour we were there (4-5 p.m.), maybe more through the back door. I told my daughter about it and she said it was not as bad as she has seen while praying at several clinics in Pennsylvania. I just thought for Lima we may not see anyone go in and I was wrong. It was a horrible experience. Very intense and very stressful!
“I am happy to say there was a gentleman already on the sidewalk when we arrived, with his rosary hanging down. We weren't sure where to go and it helped to see someone else already there. He did leave before we parked and got out, so he did not know we were there.
“Several people walked by and said hello. One gentleman asked why we were there and when we told him he just said, “How can anyone think they have the right to take a life?”
Thank you for what you are doing to help 40 Days for Life. My sister-in-law grew up close to the hospital and did not know until I told her on Saturday that Lima had an abortion clinic. The Heartbeat of Lima women said four vehicles had Indiana license plates.
If you can step forward and become part of 40 Days for Life Lima, please do so by going to www.40daysforlife.com/lima or by calling Michele at 419-532-2084.
Jan Kahle is the Respect Life coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.