Today is Wednesday, which means that an average of twenty-five boys and girls will die today at the Red River Women’s Clinic located at 512 First Avenue North in Fargo, North Dakota. That is, of course, an entire kindergarten class of students every Wednesday. Oddly, if twenty-five boys and girls showed up for kindergarten class, but somehow died as a group during the day, it would be national news and everyone would be beside themselves with shock and grief. But when they show up at the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, their demise is perfectly acceptable.
The purple quotes stylized in italics on the Red River Women’s Clinic website staff page [click here to see these] imply that the environment and experience is warm and friendly. What it does not mention, however, is the overwhelming sense of loss, guilt, fear, and shame that suddenly engulfs the mommy as she experiences the death of the child in her womb. I suppose that wouldn’t be a pleasant selling point for the Red River Women’s Clinic. However, as a pastor I’ve talked to too many women in our community who have been gripped with that shock of fear and shame at that moment on the table, and, sadly, when it is too late, it is then that the nightmare intensifies.
I have stopped by there to pray. Last night, for example, I sat in my truck right by the front door quietly praying and crying. Today as I stood on the 16th floor of the Radisson preparing to enter the banquet room where my Rotary Club meets, I stared down from a window and prayed. The clinic is situated just below; very obvious. I wonder if the people eating lunch with me have any idea a kindergarten class will disappear today just below them on the street level.
Can I invite you to pray that this clinic would shut down? I’m praying that it goes away safely and peacefully, and in such a way that the employees portrayed in the photograph on the Red River Women’s Clinic website staff page will recognize that there is a much better living to be had than contributing to the culture of death, and that is extending precious life.
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