I wrote about Buffalo Women's Services a few months ago, after it made headlines for becoming the country's first birthing center/abortion clinic. Now, that oxymoronic facility is in the news once again for refusing to let a 15-year-old girl leave who had started to change her mind about having an abortion.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-lifer, revealed on Facebook how a young woman she was counseling was being pressured by her boyfriend to abort their baby. The young mother, however, had a change of heart and asked the clinic workers to show her her ultrasound. They refused, and that's when she texted Johnson to tell her they had locked her in a room. Here is Johnson's horrifying account of how the young woman was held in the clinic against her will:
She went to the Buffalo Women’s Services tonight for an ultrasound only. As a 15 year old girl, she is very swayed by the opinions of her boyfriend…who does not want her to have anything to do with the pregnancy center in her area. It is not uncommon for private abortion clinics to see patients late at night. In fact, here in Austin, we have a doctor that starts his abortion procedures sometimes at 10pm. She asked to see her ultrasound and the clinic absolutely refused. She decided then that they were obviously not interested in helping her and told them that she wanted to leave. They would not allow her to leave the room she was in and locked the door. Her mom started freaking out in the waiting room demanding to see her daughter. At that point, her mother was removed from the facility.
It was at this point that she started texting me and the prolifer she has been working with. Both of us called the police and they arrived shortly. Cheryl, the local (and amazing) prolifer drove to the clinic and the young girl was released in her custody for the weekend. The clinic where this girl was being held is the same one who is opening a “birth center” inside the abortion facility.
Thankfully, the police intervened and both the young woman and her mother are safe.
Can you imagine a pregnancy resource center acting in the same way? How these abortion clinic workers could bully a scared young woman in this way is shocking. This incident is just one glimpse of how the abortion industry has exploited and pressured women to dispose of their unborn children. Perhaps one of their motives is the fact that abortion is a lucrative business.
Do pro-choice activists still want to classify abortion as "women's health care?" No wonder more and more young people are defining themselves as pro-life.
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