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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 40 Days for Life volunteers want to provide help

By Kathy Forck
November 7, 2013 | 2:14 p.m. CST

As the campaign director of the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil, I wish to respond to Ms. Dina van der Zalm's editorial piece. We are on the sidewalk to offer any help we can to provide other options to a woman contemplating abortion. If there are any women out there who feel trapped and feel they have no other choice, please talk to us before you enter the Planned Parenthood. We can help, and many mothers are holding their babies today who thought it impossible.

I personally have offered to adopt a baby in danger of abortion and would do so again in a heartbeat.  I know six couples who are willing to adopt. I know a couple who have adopted 15 children of special needs, all races and creeds. I could go on and on.  We have a lawyer who will assist with the adoption proceedings free of charge for a baby who would otherwise be aborted.  And all of these individuals have prayed on the sidewalk.

And yes, we are praying for the end of abortion. Abortion hurts. It not only hurts the baby physically, but it hurts the mother and father and all who are involved.  Abortion is not a solution to a problem; it is the beginning of a new reality of physical and emotional damage. We who stand outside on the sidewalk are eager to help women truly deal with whatever issues lead them to contemplate abortion.   

And so, Ms. van der Zalm, we will continue to speak to women in a Christlike manner and advise them of the help that is available for moms who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and feel they have no choice. We will never judge these women for we know that no woman really wants to have an abortion; many feel they have no other choice. We stand outside of the Planned Parenthood in Columbia to truly provide these women with another choice.

Kathy Forck is the campaign director 40 Days for Life Columbia.