The Heartline Women’s Clinic is a pregnancy resource center in Lubbock that is operated by our church. Last night I attended the 15th anniversary celebration banquet and fund raiser. Let me state the obvious, and say that I am a pro-life advocate (however I have never protested outside an abortion clinic.) Last night at the dinner I listened to special guests, and father and daughter, Candy Gibbs and Jerry Little. They shared an absolutely devastating story of abortion that happened to them over 15 years ago. More specifically the story of Jerry, a youth minister, taking his then 16-year old girl to an abortion clinic in Lubbock to terminate her unplanned pregnancy. It’s a sad story of how they have dealt with the effects of this decision on their lives, and how God healed their hearts and have given them a platform to encourage others to reach out to those around them affected by an act of abortion.
One of the things I really love about our church is that they spend the time, energy, and money supporting causes like this in our community. Heartline Women’s clinic is a licensed medical facility, with Dr.’s and RN’s on staff; providing medical care to mothers during this difficult time in their lives. I also admire that Heartline care doesn’t just end after the birth of the kids, but they continue to invest in the mothers-to-be with parent training. They also provide support for women who are dealing with the emotional effects of having aborted their babies. I feel like these things go so far beyond protesting outside an abortion clinic, and really are making an effort to minister to the women in our city in a very real way.