Letter: We simply pray
Re “Boundary lines” (Sunday Monitor front page, June 2):
I have participated in the prayer vigil outside the Concord Feminist Health Center not only on Wednesdays and Fridays but also at the “40 Days for Life” campaign two years ago. We were on the sidewalk, off to the side of the steps and not blocking the entrance or those passing by.
The sidewalk is public property. We do not block the parking meters. They are there every few feet and the clients have options. We have held signs that say “Pray to end abortion” and sometimes, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” from the Bible. Sometimes we have no signs at all.
There were times when the center staff would come down to intimidate us and initiate discussions with us. We simply held our ground and prayed. We have had clients from the center spit on us and call us names as have people passing by in cars, sometimes making obscene gestures. It is sad for us as we are simply praying for all involved in this tragedy – the babies, the mothers, fathers, friends and family of the mothers, the center staff and all of society.
You may be able to put a barrier around abortion centers, but you cannot box our God in. He will change hearts – that is what we pray.
KATHLEEN A. HEDSTROM