Bonnie Lee (left), a Missouri Baptist pro-life advocate, helps the sanctity of human life and the betterment of women throughout a pro-life rally on the state capitol in Jefferson City.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) — The belly bleeding would not cease and he or she was operating a fever of 104. The landlord knew the ordeal her younger tenant had been by way of at Planned Parenthood, so she referred to as someone who knew extra about post-abortion well being issues than she did.
After a couple of cellphone calls, the scared younger girl was linked with Bonnie Lee.
“Am I dying?” she requested Lee.
The girl had referred to as the nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood and was advised she could have the flu and was suggested to not come in or else she would possibly expose everybody.
“They don’t want to admit and document complications,” Lee stated. “Her situation was life-threatening and after we obtained her the care she wanted, they found she nonetheless had some fetal tissue, which implies she had not had an entire abortion and was experiencing a raging an infection.
“She advised me, ‘I do know I deserve this as a result of I killed my child.’ Her ache was rather more than bodily.”
A retired registered nurse, Lee serves because the Mid-Missouri Baptist Association’s discipleship ministry and non secular liberty and ethics specialist. She is a sidewalk advocate with 40 Days for Life and is a part of the legislative arm for Team P.L.A.Y. (Prayer, Legislation, Activity and You, a collaboration of organizations and people devoted to limiting abortion in Missouri). She is also a member of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board and of Open Heart Baptist Church in Columbia.
The younger girl did not have household in the world so she requested Lee to accompany her to the OBGYN to verify all of the an infection was gone.
“As we waited for her appointment, she pulled out her cellphone and confirmed me an image of the cutest little fairy backyard beneath a tree,” Lee recounted. “She stated, ‘That’s the place I buried him. I buried my youngster in the yard.’
“I can’t imagine the pain these women go through for years and years. How are these women going to heal if they don’t feel free to share their stories?” Lee mirrored.
“The aborted babies have no voice and the exploited women in crisis situations have no voice,” she stated. “That’s the reason why I do what I do. We are to give voice to the voiceless.”
While Lee’s calling to combat on the entrance strains of Missouri’s pro-life motion started in 2010, she sees how God laid the groundwork for her ministry. Her work as a surgical nurse educated her in sanitary necessities and her work in scientific drug trials gave her expertise in affected person consent legalities — what knowledgeable consent is and what it’s not. The final 4 years earlier than retiring, Lee labored as a authorized nurse marketing consultant, which gave her expertise in sifting details, discovering fact and uncovering negligence.
“Twice in my career I’ve actually been terminated for standing on the truth,” Lee stated. “It was not a pleasant time in my life, but those experiences are the only reason why I understand what power can do to people. Through all of that, I saw God’s affirmation that He is in control, He will provide and He has a better plan — a plan that I could never have imagined.”
That plan unfolded for Lee at some point throughout an errand for her mom.
“It was providence,” she stated. “I went to pick up some dressing needed for my mother’s knee and I saw two ladies standing on the sidewalk. I could tell they were praying. My eyes wandered up to the sign on the building behind them and it said, ‘Planned Parenthood.’ I had lived in Columbia since 1984 and I didn’t know we had a Planned Parenthood clinic. I had always been pro-life, but I’ve since learned that 800 babies had been killed in my own city and I had no idea.”
“Once God awakened me to the reality of what was happening, I could be silent no more,” besides: “It took me a year before I considered becoming a sidewalk advocate, which is someone who reaches out to the women who come to Planned Parenthood and offers personal prayer, information and alternatives,” Lee stated. Having skilled a miscarriage at 5 months between the births of her two sons, it was robust to wrap her thoughts round a lady selecting to finish a being pregnant.
“I had so much anger in my heart that I didn’t feel compassionate and I knew my words to them wouldn’t be either.”
Over time God broke her coronary heart for exploited women in disaster conditions. And now she is aware of her combat shouldn’t be in opposition to flesh and blood, however in opposition to the rulers, authorities and evil powers that wish to proceed to deal with abortion as a enterprise.
“Even those who are militant to defend their pro-abortion stand are often trying to bury the truth,” Lee stated. “The light of that truth comes through and it’s too painful to acknowledge. The guilt and shame preys upon people.”
Lee stated Baptist church buildings might and will do so much to assist. They might provide post-abortion therapeutic ministries; help Baptist kids’s houses, such because the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, by way of the Cooperative Program; and do all they will to help their native disaster being pregnant facilities. Churches should make a declaration to combat for all human life, put ft to the bottom, in addition to be the sturdy voice of hope and forgiveness, she stated.
Proverbs 31:Eight-9 says: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
“And we dare say that’s political? And are silent?” Lee stated. “Women sit in the pews unhealed and afraid to speak out. … That’s got to change. Abortion will not stop until there is a heart change across the board.”
For extra details about 40 Days for Life go to 40daysforlife.com and for extra details about Team P.L.A.Y. go to womenmustbesafe.com.