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Long wait–half a century– for opponents of abortion

COLOMBIA, NC ( Associated Press) — For the millions of Americans who oppose abortion, the past half century has brought nothing but despair. While one woman decided not to have an abortion, dozens went ahead. One clinic closed and desperate patients looked for others. One law against abortion was approved, another repealed it.

A movement born in the baby steps and setback after setback is now set to take a big leap, if as many expected, the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Lowered.

“People are more helpful now than ever before,” says Mark Baumgartner, 53, the founder of A Moment of Hope, an anti-abortion organization whose staff and volunteers stand outside abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood as long as they’re open They try to start conversations with women and convince them not to have abortions if they consider doing so. They provide support if they decide to have a child.

Most of the population is in favor of abortion rights and one of the clinic’s staff, Allison Teracio, 45, believes that in her rallies in front of the clinic, this anti-abortion organization appeals to deceit, false promises and manipulation. Is. , disguised as kindness, to talk to women about doing something they’ve given a lot of thought to. She says women taking the pill to induce abortion or undergoing minor interventions have looked into the matter and that Baumgartner and his men can’t say anything is going to change things.

“I’m not in the business of explaining anything to anyone,” says Teracio.

On this particular day, the first bunch of moments of hope arrive before sunrise and fail to distract anyone for hours. Suddenly, a patient walks out of the clinic and goes straight to a counselor from an anti-abortion group who, shortly after, tells her not to do what she had planned to do.

The woman leaves with the counselor and everyone follows her blindly. Catholics who form a congregation and pray, the ever-present Evangelical and even a lone defender, Steven Lefemin, are all shocked by the woman’s change of heart.

“Something great is happening here,” said Lefemin, who is 66.

Talk to someone who has long been opposed to abortion and they’ll tell you about their nervousness when they learned about the 1973 Roe regime. They will also tell you about their certainty that the decision will be reversed in a couple of years. He would boast against politicians who sought his vote and never complied, and against judges who were perceived as collaborators and betrayed him. They’ll tell you that they’ve lost friends, that they were handcuffed and that they’ve suffered one blow after another.

Still they are here after so many years of fighting. So much so that some have their grandchildren.

Throughout this time, the image of abortion opponents became popular as irritable, quick-witted people who hold signs with blood, capable of doing anything to promote their cause.

Baumgartner knows about caricatures of many people. He shrugs when noisy protesters appear. He meets a woman who has just arrived and believes that everyone in his group is the same, but he is sure that if he listens to her for a moment, he will change his mind.

“They think they’re going to go to hell,” says Baumgartner, who quit his job as a pilot to found the organization. “we are different”.

When his organization was born in 2012, the first woman he approached changed his mind and gave birth to a baby girl, whose photo hangs on the wall of her office. She was the first woman to “rescue” the organization, which thus describes the situations in which it persuades a woman not to have an abortion.

They estimate that about 1,600 women had abortions at the clinic last year. And that 66 were saved.

The woman, who left the clinic and went to A Moment of Hope to speak with a counselor, says she had a difficult childhood with foster parents and an abusive partner, causing her to become estranged. That she had a three-year-old daughter, financial problems, and that everything seemed impossible before she noticed she didn’t have a period and was suffering from morning sickness. All these factors made her decide to have an abortion.

Eventually, after some hesitation, she miscarried.

Those who have fought for years against abortion have lived days marked by disillusionment and setbacks. But they will be back when the clinic opens the next day. Even if the right to abortion is not abolished. They are determined to fight to the death.

However, he never got so much hope. They are sure that a big change is about to come.

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Sedensky to msedensky@ap.org and https://twitter.com/sedensky . can be reached

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