Twelth and Delaware


This past week HBO, the American cable network, aired a documentary titled 12th and Delaware.  The documentary was  about a pregnancy help center and an abortion clinic on opposing corners in a residential area of Ft. Pierce, Florida.  I watched the documentary with great trepidation, expecting that it would be one-sided for the abortion view.  I was surprised that it was fairly balanced, although the makers, I feel,  were more sympathetic to the abortion side.   The scene starts at around 5:30 AM, in the dark of the early morning in front of the abortion clinic which looked like a home turned into a clinic by a woman and her husband.  An abortion opponent is walking in front with a sign “Thou Shall not Kill.”  Later in the morning, the garage door of the abortion clinic opens and a bright yellow Ford Mustang pulls out.  This same car returns later with a passenger covered by a white sheet.  The car pulls into the garage and the door closes.  It is well understood that the passenger in the covered sheet is the abortion doctor that the owner of the clinic just picked up.  The car later pulls out with the same passenger covered by a sheet and disappears.   The following scenes involve a middle-aged man in shorts who walks in front of the abortion clinic exhorting clients going in why they should not go there.  Later the film crew follows him in his car as he is trying to find out who the abortion doctor is.  They arrive in front of a Wal Mart parking lot where he waits.  A few moments later he sees what he came there for:  the yellow Mustang pulls up and drops off a man whose face is masked by the film makers and gets in to a Lexus – obviously, this is the abortionist.

The film then follows the events that go on as a young woman visits the Pregnancy Care Center at 12th & Delaware.  The first young woman looked to be a teenager, around 18 or 19 years old and fairly attractive.  The counselor talks to her about her pregnancy, including showing her an ultra sound view of her baby, and shows her a plastic form of what the baby looks like in the womb at eight weeks of pregnancy, which was where she was.  This young lady seemed totally unimpressed at what she was looking.  You could tell by her non verbal reactions that she was not leaning to keeping the baby.  She mentions that she’s had an earlier abortion.   A few moments later her boyfriend walks in.  He is tattooed and is wearing a baseball cap askew on his head, as is customary in some teenage circles of his age.  He also looked totally unimpressed by what the fetus looked like.  Later on the Pregnancy Care Center counselor  calls her on the phone to check up on her and is told that she went through with the abortion.

The second part of the documentary chronicles the events at the abortion clinic.  The woman who runs the clinic interviews a woman who came in for an abortion.  None of the abortion clients show their face.    this young women who is being interviewed is greatly troubled by her predicament; she tells her interviewer that she feels like a murderer.  The abortion clinic person reassures her that she is not and that this is no big deal.

In later scenes at the abortion clinic the woman owner is discussing her disgust for the Pregnancy Care Center across the street.  She laments that they are doing so much damage to women.  She claims that the Pregnancy Care Center lies to the women and tells them that they are much later on their pregnancy than they really are so they will not be able to get an abortion.  She makes the statement:  “I’d like to shoot them,” referring to those that work at the Pregnancy Care Center.

There are two very moving scenes in the documentary:  One is of a group of Hispanic people pleading with a Hispanic woman going in to the abortion clinic;  they all speak to her in Spanish.  The woman states that she already has six children and can’t afford another one.  One of the women pleading with her not to go through with it is emotionally moved and make a great case to try to convince her not to do it; she has tears in her eyes as she pleads her case.  She tells her that since she has six kids she loves children and she should not kill this one that she has in her.  The woman is convinced and is seen going across the street to the Pregnancy Care Center.  The scene shifts to the abortion clinic and the rage that the woman owner feels for those trying to convince her potential clients.  The other moving scene is that of a woman being interviewed by the abortion clinic.  She speaks with desperation that she feels like a murderer for wanting to abort.  Her interviewer assures her that she is not.  The scene is reminiscent of a sales pitch where it is just you and an assertive salesman and you have no way out and give in just to get out of the situation.

What is clear from this documentary is how stark and different the two sides are:  To the abortion clinic owners, what they do is strictly a business to make money and what they see as “helping women.”  To those opposed, it is a matter of life and death.  The abortion clinic owner states that she wants to shoot the people in the Pregnancy Care Center.  How more stark can you be.  One believes that killing unborn children is helping women and those opposed believe that saving an unborn life is the right course.  How can we be so different?  How can people be so different in dealing with life and death?

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3 thoughts on “Twelth and Delaware

  1. I’m sure folks watching the program were shocked to hear an abortionist talking about shooting someone from the other side, after things like the Tiller murder. While I don’t condone killing doctors, the shooters at least believe what they’re doing is a life-and-death issue. She want to shoot people because she’s losing business to them.

    Don’t put that woman in charge of a retail store!

  2. I was very impressed with this film. I thought the counselor was very professional and handled things so well. I wish I lived closer as I would like to protest that abortion clinic .
    See I had an unplanned pregnancy in “86”, I was divorced with two girls and my ex was planned on trying to take them from me if I went through with the pregnancy. I had thought of abortion to ease everyone on my case. The birthfather was going to commit suicide, my mom was angry and I had others commenting. I was 28 at the time.
    I had called a abortion clinic some miles away and I believe it was God interviening as the clinic would not give me total on what an abortion would cost. She acted kind of dippy lol. I then had a dream of a bunch of us women sitting in a line of chairs we were sitting on and waiting for our numbers to be called to be slaughtered like cows. I could see blood and women coming out crying and distraught. This changed my mind.
    All through the pregnancy God kept telling me this child was not mine to keep he had someone else who would be wiating for this child, also this would be the last I would have. I knew it was a boy and asked how he could take my son.
    The whole pregnancy went great! My girls did great in school and the best they had ever the teacher said. The neighbors also commented on how good the girls were and how great I was raising them in this time of stress. I gained the right amount of weight, still my job as a maid until last month. I had a perfect son and the delivery went great. It was as if God was helping in this time. I had a great counselor during all of this she never pressured me. I did talkes to couples who were undecided about open adotion and many told me they hoped to get a women as nice as me. One couple did get a set of twins and thanked me because of me they got the twins.
    My son to this day thanks me for not choosing abortion and he is just what I prayed for in a son.
    We need more clinics like you guys, more women to do what you do. I thought the documentary was great and we do need to pray as yes we are fightiing against evil in our world. Our president thinks this is okay and we are headed for a dark time in our world. Evil is to prevelant and I want women to know adoption is painful but it goes from hurt to joy when you hear from the parents on how happy you made them. Abortion brings pain all through your life and one day in heaven you will have to answer to that child on why you did what you did and stand in front of God and answer to him. There will be no twilight drug when he shows the step by step procedure of the abortion in front of you during judging. I would rather see the joy of the couple I gave my son to.
    God Bless your clinic you will be so rewarded for what you do and I will pray for you . I so admire you for the documentary and how well you handle things in your clinic.
    God Bless you All!!!!!!!!!

  3. Reading your post, I can’t help wondering if we watched two different documentaries. I guess people’s take on it depends greatly on how they perceive the issue even before they watch the documentary.

    I do not remember the woman from the abortion clinic ever saying she’d like to shoot anyone. I remember her saying “shake”, maybe you misunderstood? Something along the lines of, “I just want to shake them, what do you think you’re doing playing with these women’s lives?” I remember that bit well because it stuck a cord with me, but I honestly don’t remember anything about shooting anyone.

    You’re welcome to read my post on it if you’d like. http://anafelixpires.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/abortion-in-portugal-12th-and-delaware-documentary/

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