I will always remember Nov. 23, 2013. It was Mahtomedi High School’s pro-life group’s first time praying for life at a place where abortions take place, the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.
Since it was our first time doing this, we decided to stay back, watch, learn how it all works and, most important, pray as hard as we possibly could for the innocent lives and the ones taking them in there.
So, we prayed. We watched cars pull in and cars pull out. We had an intense hope that they had not killed a baby. The praying continued, and we were joined by two young men.
After about a half hour we were joined by another man, someone I consider a true gift from God — an experienced sidewalk counselor. With eyes wide open we watched his demeanor in awe.
At one point we decided to stay just 15 more minutes — one last chance to pray with every bit of strength we had left.
With five minutes left, one more car pulled in with two young women. Once they parked and got out of the car, we told them they didn’t have to do this, that we were there for them. We could tell that the young pregnant woman knew what she was about to do was wrong, because as soon as she heard those words, she stopped walking in and looked at us.
As soon as she was on public property, we were right by her side, and the counselor gave her information on women’s shelters and crisis pregnancy clinics.
Our group and the other two young men gathered around our new friend who was counseling her. We stood there to support him but, more important, to support her.
After he spoke to her, she went straight back to her car. Before she sat down, I heard her yell out the most moving words: “I’m not having an abortion.”
The echo of those words still replays in my head. I know we changed her life that day, although little does she know she actually changed mine. This is the day three young men and six young women, through the grace of God, saved a baby.
Schulte is a senior at Mahtomedi High School, where she is a student ambassador, tutor, hockey manager, and president of the school’s pro-life group, Students for Life. She serves as a pro-life ambassador for her parish, St. Jude of the Lake in Mahtomedi.
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