On July 18, 2007, a mother named Taffiney entered late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari’s Flint, MI, pole barn abortion mill (pictured right, with 1 of Hodari’s classic cars on display; click to enlarge) to abort her 4th baby, about 6 weeks old. She told me last night, “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”
Taffiney and her husband were having a hard time making ends meet with 3 children and didn’t think they could afford another. Neither had been involved in abortion before but thought there was no other way out of their bind.
On A-Day they began washing clothes at a nearby laundromat, and then Taffiney went ahead of her husband to Hodari’s mill to start the paperwork….
On his way into the mill to join Taffiney after finishing the laundry, hubbie was greeted by pro-life sidewalk counselors including stalwart Karen Mercino.
“He called me inside the clinic on Miss Judy’s cell phone,” Taffiney told me. “We were both crying; we didn’t want to do it. He said, ‘I’ve been out here talking to these ladies, and they’ve been making sense to me. If God didn’t want us to have kids you wouldn’t have gotten pregnant.'”
Taffiney left the mill. “Everyone was crying,” she said. “I’m so glad they were out there that day. I honestly think – I know – we would have done it.”
Taffiney continued, “I swear to this day Miss Judy, Miss Karen, and Miss Daphne have been lifesavers. I hate to say it took abortion for us to meet them, but I’m glad we did.”
I asked Taffiney what she remembered of Hodari’s mill. “There was a lot of grief, not just mine, but you could see grief on other people’s faces. The nurses were not compassionate.”
Pro-lifers helped Taffiney’s family through her pregnancy, giving them money and dinner at Thanksgiving, purchasing Christmas toys for their other 3 children, “checking on me more than my family does,” said Taffiney.
On March 8 Flint Co. Right to Life, lead by president Judy Climer, sponsored a baby shower for Taffiney, also giving gifts to her other 3 children as well as grocery cards, gift cards, and baskets of groceries. So much was given, a car and a van were filled.
Then on March 18, little Aubrey Marie entered the world at 7#, 14 oz., and 20″ long.
Taffiney concluded, “Now that I look at her I think abortion would have been the worst mistake I ever made.”
I speak at several pregnancy care banquets each year. Every one has 1-3 client testimonies, just variations of Taffiney’s.
[Photos courtesy of Judy Paga]