UPDATE 5/21, 9:40a: Pro-life activist John Barros (via Jay Rogers on Facebook) is reporting Scott Spagnolo-Hye has not been seen at the abortion mill since Barros videotaped him announcing he was leaving the industry as of June 2. Barros reported a worker has told him Spagnolo-Hye has quit, and “they are now having to shuffle schedules and will not be open on Sundays for the foreseeable future.” Those praying for Spagnolo-Hye’s immediate departure from the abortion industry may have had their prayers answered.
5/9, 2:29p: Pro-lifers have interesting relationships with abortionists and abortion mill staff.
On one hand pro-lifers must condemn their work and use all legal tools necessary – such as picketing homes, as in the picture, right – to try to persuade not only a change of occupation but also a change of heart, for the sake of their souls.
On the other hand pro-lifers try to reach out to abortion workers on a personal level to let them know they are there for them should they decide to leave the trade, and are praying for them as well.
So, while relationships between the two sides may be understandably strained, I just as often hear almost unimaginable stories, except by the grace of God, of relationships built – of the pro-lifer going for coffee with the abortionist, etc.
Abby Johnson is an example of an abortion clinic worker whose first thought was to go to the very people who had been picketing her Planned Parenthood for years when she decided to make her escape. And during this spring’s 40 Days for Life prayer campaign, eight workers quit, for a total of 69 over the last 10 campaigns since 2007.
This brings us to yesterday, when Florida abortionist Scott Spagnolo-Hye announced on camera to the pro-life world that as of June 2 he is quitting the baby-killing business…
Spagnolo-Hye aborts at four clinics. Pro-lifers have picketed his home on more than one occasion, for instance, in July 2011…
Because of all this you’d think Spagnolo-Hye would hate pro-lifers. But he doesn’t. The ecstatic pro-lifer who filmed Scott’s announcement wrote on YouTube:
I have been speaking to Scott for about two years… I have prayed with him shared God’s word with him, stood in front of his house and have continued to pray for and talk to him… He said he hated this but after so long you just wonder… Well he has Quit and is going to meet with me to discuss where he stands with God and Repentance….
It’s a strange world Christians must navigate, isn’t it? Let’s all pray for Spagnolo-Hye, that he indeed leaves the terrible world he’s a part of and turns to God. He certainly seemed happy in the video with his decision.