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Volume 3, Number 8
March 24, 2003
Baby survives in spite of irresponsible men
For the first time this year, no abortions were
committed in Bakersfield last Monday! Abortionist
Kenneth Wright returned to the FPA abortion
chamber on Tuesday. At least two babies were saved
from abortion, as God touched women's hearts
through the pregnancy evangelism ministry at the
LifeHouse pregnancy help center and on the streets
outside the FPA killing center.
After struggling for years to find a reliable man to
be a father for her children, "Orthella," 27, was
overwhelmed with frustration. In despair, she
almost allowed herself to become an accomplice to the
destruction of her own child last week.
The father of Orthella's three young boys lives in
another country, and hasn't been a part of her life for several
years. He has not provided any financial support for his
children, so Orthella found it necessary to apply for welfare.
Understanding the importance of male role models,
Orthella looked for another man to fill the role of father in
her sons' lives. Four years ago, she became involved with a
new boyfriend. Although he did not get along very well
with her sons, she kept hoping that in time things would
change. But instead of getting better, things got worse.
When Orthella found out she was pregnant, her boyfriend
As a Catholic, Orthella knew that abortion was a sin.
She had chosen not to abort her sons, in spite of the fact
that the circumstances of her previous pregnancies were also
difficult. But this time her problems were more than she
could bear. She made an appointment to abort her baby.
Orthella drove herself to the abortion chamber and
walked past the Christians on the sidewalk without delay.
She nervously filled out the paperwork and had her blood
drawn. As she waited for her name to be called, she could
hear the pleas from the pro-lifers outside the clinic. She
began to wonder if she could really go through with
aborting her child. After an ultrasound examination
indicated that Orthella was 8 1/2 weeks pregnant, she decided
to reschedule the abortion for the following week.
As Orthella walked to her car, Terri* asked "is there
anything we can do to help?"
"Yes!" Orthella quickly responded. Terri invited her
across the street to the LifeHouse so that she could watch a
video which shows what happens to a woman and her child
during an abortion. After seeing the video, Orthella told
Terri that she would no longer consider aborting the child.
Terri gave Orthella a gift box filled with baby items, along
with some informative literature.
A few days later, Terri called Orthella to tell her about
an employment opportunity. Orthella thanked Terri, and
said that all of her thoughts of abortion are now gone.
"Kelsie," a young Mormon girl who recently turned
14, has been having a serious relationship with a 22-
year-old man. Kelsie's mother has allowed the
young man to sleep in Kelsie's room numerous times, but
when she heard that Kelsie could be pregnant, she was
shocked and upset, threatening to have him arrested.
"Vera," a good friend of Kelsie's family, decided to
help Kelsie get a pregnancy test, and if necessary, an
abortion. "She's too young to handle a baby," Vera said.
Driving down H Street toward the FPA abortion chamber,
Vera noticed the banner outside the LifeHouse which says
"free pregnancy test - walk-ins welcome."
At the LifeHouse, Vera told Terri that she had
experienced abortion over 20 years ago after she was raped
at the age of 16. "There was no way I could have kept the
baby," Vera insisted.
"I have my work cut out for me," Terri thought. She
knew that the abortion video would be her best tool to reach
Kelsie and Vera. Terri invited them to watch the video
while they waited for the test results. As they watched,
Terri explained how the abortionist must force the cervix
open in order to get the baby out. Kelsie and Vera could
see from the video how much force the abortionist uses as
he shoves metal rods inside the woman's cervix. "The risk
of cervical cancer and breast cancer increases after
abortion," Terri explained.
"I have cervical cancer, and I've wondered if it could
have been caused by the abortion," Vera interjected.
"If I had been there when you went in for your
abortion, I would have tried to explain the risks for your
own life," Terri said. "If someone like you had been there
to help me, I probably wouldn't have done it," Vera said.
When Kelsie saw the test results, tears filled her eyes as
she realized that she is pregnant. "We'll make it through,"
Vera said as she hugged Kelsie. "You're not alone. You've
got help, so you can do it!"
A few days later Vera told Terri that she broke the
news to Kelsie's mom, and she handled the situation better
than they thought she would. They are glad that they have
* LSM team member
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war
according to the flesh. For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling
every high thing
that exalts itself
knowledge of God,
captivity to the
obedience of Christ,
and being ready to punish all disobedience when your
obedience is fulfilled."
"A stronghold is a mind
set impregnated with
hopelessness that causes
the believer to accept as
that he/she knows is
contrary to the will of God."
- Ed Silvoso
(as quoted in
Possessing the Gates of the Enemy
by Cindy Jacobs)
Please agree with us in prayer, asking God to
break down the spiritual strongholds which stand in
the way of expanding God's glory in Bakersfield.
Father, open the eyes of everyone who is
involved in this ministry, so that we can see this
battle through your eyes. Give us wisdom so that we
will respond to every situation in a manner which
pleases the Holy Spirit.
Help "Orthella" to depend
upon You, and bring godly men into her life who will
provide a positive role model for her sons.
Continue to soften the heart of FPA security
guard Teresa Avlos. Help her to see her need to
surrender to you so that she can fulfill your plan for
Over two hundred people from St. Francis Church joined together last Tuesday
to pray against abortion outside the FPA abortion chamber.
This week we will focus our ministry efforts on the
abortion days, Monday and Tuesday from approximately 7
am to 5 pm.
The LifeHouse: Praising God for five years of miracles
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