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Abortion staff rejects Christians' kindness
Sidewalk counselors recently hoped to give flowers to
the staff of Bakersfield's abortion chamber as a loving
gesture of kindness. However, their compassionate actions
were spurned by the FPA management.
Carlotta* prepared 15 flowers in vases, attaching cards
with positive messages such as "May God bless you and
your family today." She gave one of the flowers to the
security guard, whose shift was about to end. He thanked
Carlotta and said he would bring the flower home to his
The rest of the flower vases were placed in a box and
the box was given to Judy, an FPA employee who has had
several friendly conversations with LSM team members.
When Judy saw the flowers, she exclaimed "Oh, that's so
sweet of you! How nice!"
"We really do care about you," Terri* explained, "we
just don't like what you do."
"I know," Judy replied as she carried the box of flowers
inside to allow her coworkers to receive flowers.
Within about 10 minutes, Stephanie Verrell (the FPA
administrator) walked out carrying the box of flowers,
placing the box on the sidewalk as she muttered something
about "new life." ("New Life Plants and Flowers," the name
of Carlotta's business, was on the side of the box.)
Later Judy explained that Stephanie would not allow
them to keep the flowers.
"Perhaps the words 'new life' were too convicting, but
we had not intended to be offensive in any way," Terri
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