"Do You Understand This?"
Posted by James P. McGarvey , 09 October 2012 · 1008 views
It was busy Monday at the All Women's Clinic (AWC) during the two and a half hours that I was there to pray. During my vigil I watched as two women, accompanied by individuals who had been waiting for them, exited the clinic after having, to use the words of AWC's website, "the contents of the uterus" removed.
AWC is where Theodor Lehrer, M.D. plies his trade. According to his website (http://www.allwomensclinic.com) he runs a "full service OBG practice" that is "licensed by the State of Florida and is also accredited by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the Women's Emergency Network (WEN) and by other women's networks."
Dr. Lehrer is "...a Board Certified M.D., Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a recognized expert in his field." But that is not all. His impressive credentials include membership in the Florida Medical Association, the Broward County Medical Association, the William Little Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and "other medical organizations." In addition he has "unlimited active hospital privileges in major Obstetrics and Gynecology" at Broward General Medical Center.
Impressive credentials for a professional abortionist, considered by the state and medical community to be well qualified to remove "the contents of the uterus" from those seeking to benefit from his 38 years of medical experience and expertise.
A young African American woman, perhaps still in her teens, walked down the sidewalk approaching the AWC from the west. She walked right by me as I held a sign that read,
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you"- God
Ten stunning words from God, defining a relationship between the Creator and the prophet Jeremiah even before there was any physical manifestation of the prophet in the womb. A bold statement affirming the unique and distinct personhood of the unborn.
She took a few steps past me, and then just before walking through the gate of the clinic, turned and took another look at the ten words on the sign accompanied by a photo of a first trimester fetus (Latin for "young one").
I found myself asking her, "Do you understand this?"
She said yes, and proceeded to enter the AWC.
Ten or fifteen minutes later she left the clinic and walked past me heading west down the sidewalk.
I pray Scripture at the vigil. One appropriate to this encounter is printed on the Prayer Guide I prepared and made available to the prayer vigil volunteers, Hebrews 4:11-12 (NIV)
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
According to their website, the AWC recognizes that it "...has the ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that...patients receive true and accurate information and make their decision voluntarily and without manipulation, coercion or misinformation."
I have yet to find any information on their website that identifies exactly what "the contents of the uterus" is. That is one reason, as the Church, we pray and bear public witness to God's truth regarding life in the womb in front of this facility where human life is routinely eliminated by a well credentialed abortionist.
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." James 5:11 (NIV)