I stopped by the National Health Care Services abortion mill at 7501 N. University St., Peoria, this morning for a quick prayer for the women and babies in there before coming to work. Two women, one of whom was Sister Mary Jo Yutt of Family Resources Center, holding a large sign, were already out there, trying to reach those heading in for an abortion.
As I walked up, a minivan pulled in and a very angry woman jumped out. She was enraged by the sign that Sister Mary Jo was holding, a very graphic sign of a dismembered fetus, the result of an abortion. As they had driven by a moment earlier, the woman’s granddaughter in her van had spotted the sign and asked her what it was. It infuriated the woman that such a graphic picture would be in public. She vented for about 5 minutes, but Sister Mary Jo and the other lady stood there and took it. The woman offered that she had had an abortion when she was a teen-ager and she regretted it, but that opposition to abortion didn’t justify the use of such graphic signs.
She threatened to call the police, which she apparently did, as a squad car came by a few moments later. The police officer spoke for a few seconds with Sister Mary Jo, then turned around and drove off. (The woman also, for some reason, threatened to call DCFS.)
As the woman herself left, Sister Mary Jo turned to me and said, “She hasn’t gotten over her abortion yet.” Which is probably the sad case.
The question that comes out of this is: Are very graphic signs a good way to witness to the horrors of abortion, or are they counterproductive?