Confronts 2,000 Abortionists!
Quiver Mission joined a group of pro-lifers from all over the country,
organized by Dr.
Patrick Johnston, a family doctor and street preacher from Zanesville,
OH. We were set up outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in
Philadelphia for the annual conference of the American
College of Ob/Gyns (ACOG).
about 20 percent of all Ob/Gyns kill babies as part of their practice,
and there were over 10,000 registered participants, thus the approximately
2,000 figure of thoose who perform abortions that were present at
has taken the official position that it supports abortion-on-demand,
and is opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth
abortion. They recently released a statement condemning the FDA's
refusal to release the "morning-after pill", an abortifacient
now only available by prescription, as an over-the-counter drug
that anyone could buy at will. In their statement, they called the
FDA's decision "morally
among our group were members of the California youth group Survivors,
as well as Troy Newman and crew of Operation
Rescue West, who brought two of their Truth Trucks and their
huge 7-feet-high by 12-feet-long panel photos of aborted babies.
Ron Brock came from California with his camper-turned-Truth-Truck
as well. Several street preachers were present among the group,
including three of the Murch Sons, as you will see later in the
report. Also present was local street preacher and friend of the
Murches, Michael Marcavage of Repent
Dr. Patrick Johnston and his 4-year-old daughter Anna witness for
the babies across the street from the entrance to the Convention
Center. Little Anna also handed out literature to passing pedestrians.
At RIGHT, the typical scene over the course of the 5-day event as
we interacted with a huge volume of pedestrian traffic, both conventioneers
and local citizens.
folks were headed into the Convention Center they were greeted with
the Murch family and the others at the front door.
Angry woman goes up the line for two blocks cursing out those in
our group. RIGHT: Angry man blasphemes and curses God (and Jonathan
O'Toole of the Survivors). According to him, we are "Nazis"
for showing these pictures.
Beverly Murch hands out literature to cars stopped at the light
in front of the Convention Center. RIGHT: Beverly and Lauren (17)
debate with a doctor who says that abstinence "doesn't work"
(and therefore abortion is necessary). The answer of course is that
"abstinence works every time it is tried!"
Convention Center security guard complains to Civil Affairs officers,
claiming that they "own" the public sidewalk in front
of the Center. The Philadelphia Police were terrific at this event,
and quickly disabused the security guard of his notions. RIGHT:
Jesse (13) takes his turn at the Truth Horn at a busy intersection
one block up from the Center. Jesse got his start preaching right
here in Philadelphia almost 4 years ago. It was his 10th birthday,
July 4th, 2000 when he first preached in front of the Liberty Bell.
Evan (10) preaches to the crowd of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Evan has been preaching since he was seven. RIGHT: Elijah (7) takes
his very first turn on the truth horn at this event. He has been
around preaching so long, his start was very confident and had a
simply but excellent message: God will not bless a nation that kills
babies. We need to repent from our sin as a nation.
Bruce Murch holds up a banner near the entrance. The other side
of the banner had a photo of a late-term aborted baby. CENTER: The
Murch Women stand firm as a witness to the doctors at the doors
of the Center. Hannah (12), Beverly and Lauren (17) RIGHT:
Dr. Johnston preaches using a banner he had made up especially for
Murch Boys Sam (15), Evan (10) and Jesse (13) debate with another
doctor who claims there are no "abortionists" in the conference.
He explains that there are only "licensed doctors doing legal
medical procedures". These guys will do all kinds of semantic
gymnastics to avoid the truth of what they do: KILL BABIES. RIGHT:
This conferee debates with Lauren (17), telling her that she is
"self-indulgent" (???) for being out there. She went on
that children should not be "bothered with this, when there
are so many important things they have to worry about, like the
war on terrorism". She couldn't seem to see that what we are
doing IS a war on terrorism!
were faced with this as they left for their lunch break and other
breaks in the program (Lauren (17), Hannah (12), Beverly, Elijah
(7) and Josiah (6).
taking place in the City was a homosexual pride event, with their
rainbow flag flying from telephone poles all over the city. They
had a "block party" all day Sunday, and the Survivors
and several of the preachers went to minister there. Some of them
came across us at the Convention Center as they wandered around
the city. At LEFT: Aaron (21) and Jesse (13) had started a discussion
with this group of young people, which grew to include most of our
family. At right, John, who travelled here from Ohio with his pastor,
challenged people as they walked by, saying, "Do you think
this is OK?" and "What do you think about this?"
He had a LOT of conversations all week with that approach!
These folks offered their advice that we were going about this "all
wrong". Of course, people that criticize in this way are not
doing anything to stop the slaughter themselves, and do not realize
that they are talking to folks that have tried just about every
method that has been thought of to stop the slaughter. RIGHT: The
rain did not deter us. We donned our handy-dandy ponchos and kept
up the witness.
was an excellent event event that saw much fruit in opportunities
to witness Christ and oppose wickedness. Several doctros approached
various members of our group and thanked us for being there, and
one of them said he was emboldened to speak up for what is right
in the Conference. We encouraged the doctors especially to speak
up during the Medical Ethics Workshop.
events are ALWAYS successful though, no matter what kind of confirmation
we might get. Because even if nobody's mind is changed, God always
accomplishes His purpose, even if the purpose of a witness like
this is to seal the condemnation of those to whom the witness is
God get all the Praise & Glory!
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God Bless You.