The 5 Most Egregious Things to Happen at City Council Tonight:
Tonight was the "Public Hearing" on 1548-2016. Thanks to everyone who came out. For those who missed it, here were the five most egregious things to happen...
5: Teeny Tiny Room
Seriously, did they look for the smallest room possible? There was room in the hearing, counting standing room, for maybe 60 people.
4: Dozens Locked Out
Because City Council choose such a small location, dozens who wanted to attend were locked out of the building.
3: City Police Officer Lied
Columbus police officer Nicole, who occasionally worked as a private duty police officer at Founder's, told city council members of her experiences with volunteers. One anecdote that she shared was that volunteers would lie to women by telling them that the abortion clinic had employed a known sex offender, when that was not true. Except, it was true. Read all about it here: http://www.gcrtl.org/blog/abortion-provider-indicted-on-child-pornography-charges
Note: updated post includes a link at the bottom of this entry to the full hearing. You can watch Officer Nicole lie about this at the 1:05:27 point.
2: Public Testimony Limited
Although billed as a public hearing which would allow proponents and opponents of the proposal to testify for/against the law in 3-minute, alternating witness statements, City Council filled the time with member statements, a presentation from their attorney, and the statements of one officer mentioned above. In total, only about fifteen minutes of the 5:30-7:00pm hearing were allotted to opponent speakers.
1: It Was All A Farce
It was all a farce anyway, and it was obvious that this was little more than for-show hearing. City Council already showed its hand that it intends to act on this proposal next Monday.
We aren't going to let it happen without trying to stop it, though.
In in less than a week, we have gathered thousands of postcards from opponents of the proposed law, and more than 500 have signed our petition (www.gcrtl.org/city-council). Join us!
Watch the full hearing. To skip to the part where Officer Nicole lies about an abortion doctor being charged as a sex offender, forward to the 1:05:27 mark when Councilwoman Brown asks her about her experiences.
In the darkness
I spent an hour or more in front of 5888 Cleveland Ave…
Our local Abortion Clinic and here are some thoughts
Take a close look at the building…
The only windows are those by the entrance door
All the others have been boarded up… and covered over
To keep out the light
To keep out the truth…
The only light within the building must come from manmade lights
Manmade electricity and manmade fixtures
Natural light is not allowed in…
In essence… it is a building of darkness…
In its darkness…
The most horrible of all tragedies takes place
Babies are killed, not given the chance to live
They are snatched from their mother’s wombs…
Outside, on the sidewalk… 15 decades of the Rosary…
153 times… the words… “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”
Inside the darkness of this building…
That blessedness is seen as a curse…
The joyful mysteries… reminded me of the joys on hearing
That my own children were conceived
In the darkness of this building
That joy is looked upon as terrifying
The sorrowful mysteries… reminded me of the agony in the garden…
Where Jesus, our Lord, contemplated his pending death
In the darkness of this place...
Our infants, too, contemplate
Their own death by unspeakable means…
The Glorious mysteries… encouraged me… that yes,
Jesus was crucified, yes, He died on the cross
And yes, He rose again victorious…
Let us be mindful… that we too, will be victorious
With the Lord at our side..
The Glorious mysteries… during this time a bird perched on
One of the faux window sills
And chirped though out their recitation…
The sun came out… and a new warmth was felt
May God continue to bless all those who come out to openly
Pray for the end of Abortion
May God continue to bless all those who silently
Pray for the end of Abortion
May God continue to bless our efforts.
Luis A Torres
October 3, 2010
Lou is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Westerville, OH. He shares his thoughts after completing his prayer shift at the Complete HealthCare for Women abortion mill in Columbus, OH, where Greater Columbus Right to Life coordinates the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. If you have not yet committed to pray during the 40 Days for Life campaign, we urge you to do so. Visit www.gcrtl.org for more information about 40 Days for Life and other local Pro-Life education and advocacy efforts.
Today was my first time praying in front of an abortion clinic as part of 40 Days for Life.
Everything about the hour was surprising. When I walked up to the front of the building, I couldn’t believe the sign. Complete HealthCare for Women. Abortion is Healthcare? Unbelievable. And beneath those words were the doctors names and the the words: M.D.
I was brokenhearted. I am sure those men and women went to medical school to learn how to save lives. What happened in our society that good intentions could go so wrong?
I prayed fervently for about 20 minutes for the doctors to have a change of heart, to wake up to the fact that every Life Matters, to realize that their God-given gifts could be used for good. I prayed for them to receive God’s grace and for them to know that with true contrition, all sins are forgiven.
I began walking up and down the sidewalk praying the Rosary for the mamas and babies who would enter the clinic. I asked God to take all my selfishness from me for the next 20 minutes so I could give every ounce of my being to prayer.
I think it is really hard to pray with your whole heart and mind -- distractions lurk and muddle. It was cold, rainy and dark in a not-so-nice area on Cleveland Ave., Columbus. The cars, trucks and buses whizzing by were loud and my mind began to race. I prayed that the people in the cars might pray along with me. Please Lord, use my witness to awaken somebody driving by. Hail Mary full of grace ...
Then I noticed something odd. The windows on the abortion clinic weren’t normal. There was no glass; the windows were completely covered with what looked like white wood. Oddly and beautifully, each window had a center frame in the shape of the Cross. HOPE. By your Cross and Resurrection Lord You have set us free, You are the Savior of the world.
I continued praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. It was 8 a.m. and cars began pulling into the parking lot of the abortion clinic. Panic. Are mothers or workers walking into the abortion clinic? I couldn’t tell and I prayed harder. Please, please, please Lord let me be of some use to you this day ...
At the last Sorrowful mystery of the Rosary, Christ dying on the Cross, I grew peaceful with the reminder that He died and rose for us and He is with each of us right now. He created us, He knows us and loves us more than we know. Lord, I know in my heart that You will somehow bring good out of this evil.
I left the abortion clinic praising God for this experience. I am grateful to my friends at Greater Columbus Right to Life (GCRTL), Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC) and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plain City for their encouragement in this prayer ministry. I will be back to pray again. This is just the beginning. Nothing is stronger than prayer, nothing. Won’t you join me?
~ Lori Crock
Child of God, active Catholic, wife and mom, small business owner