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The KANSAS COALITION FOR LIFE, Project Love, Prayer, and Persistent Political Action
5575 South Mosley Street, Wichita, KS 67216-3631      PHONE: (316) 522-8866      FAX: (316) 522-8833
INCIDENT REPORT:        Margaret Weaver
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Shift Start:Shift End:
1:05 PM2:10 PM
  CONFIRMED SAVE; Margaret Weaver & Margaret Mans:

At about 1:30 pm, a blue / grey Ford Taurus with Kansas Tags, carrying three young black people came into Tiller's parking lot. They did not stop to take material at the gate. Rather, they drove directly to the far (east) side of Tiller's parking lot and parked their car.

It looked to Margaret Weaver like it was a young black couple, with a very young teenaged girl who was pregnant.

Since they were over 100 feet away from the gate where she was standing, and since they had not taken literature at the gate, Margaret Weaver tried to talk to them in a raised voice, yelling; "WE CAN HELP YOU…, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KILL THE BABY…, MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION, WE CAN GIVE YOU A FREE SONOGRAM…, IF YOU KILL THAT BABY YOU WILL REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!... Etc."

In response, all three of them just looked at Margaret Weaver as though she was crazy.

They walked out of sight toward the entrance, with Margaret Weaver continuing to try to communicate with them, yelling to be heard, not yelling to be harsh, (there is a difference!)

Thinking that it was just another killing of an unborn black child, Margaret Weaver continued to pray at the gate, attempting to hand out material to other clients who were coming and going.

Then about 15 minutes later, to Margaret Weaver's complete surprise, the three of them came out of Tiller's and stopped their car at the gate. The driver rolled down his window and asked Margaret for directions, quote: "...to where ever it is that we can get that free sonogram that you told us about!"

Margaret said; "Well that is pretty easy! It is right here, next door.." pointing to the ProLife Choices Medical Clinic.

At 2:00 pm, Margaret Weaver was replaced on-site by Margaret Mans, and Margaret Weaver explained to Margaret Mans what had happened.

When the three young black people, (one guy and two ladies, only one of which was pregnant) came out of Choices Medical Clinic, the pregnant lady told Margaret Mans that she had decided to keep her child, and was happy about her decision. They talked at length with Margaret Mans.

As it turned out, this was not a case of parents with a young pregnant child, but rather just three young black people - no parents involved!

Margaret Mans offered the girl a baby blanket, and she accepted.

Later in the day, we also got confirmation from a Choices Medical Clinic volunteer that things had gone well with them.

This case is of particular interest to many on-site volunteers, because right now there is some general argument as to whether or not one should raise their voice at the gate.

I think that a raised voice, offering loving words, is entirely appropriate when one needs to raise their volume in order to be heard.

On the other hand, a raised voice, with judgmental words of condemnation is counter-productive and should always be avoided. This applies to both clients and staff.

This is our 327th Documented Save on this project.

Please say a prayer for this young mother-to-be. She has made a positive decision, but she has many difficulties that she will have to deal with in the weeks, months and years ahead.

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