“You’re free now.”
Scott Hord — a pastor from Smyrna, Tennessee — said these words to a young African-American woman in front of Planned Parenthood Nashville after he and four others circled around her in prayer. She entered the abortion clinic’s parking lot with the burdens of a relationship full of abuse; after speaking to the Christians and changing her mind, she departed for a nearby pregnancy center — but not before she received hugs, encouragement, and contact information so that they could meet any needs she might have in the future.
Hord is among a handful of Christians across the United States who minister in front of abortion facilities. Enduring physical, emotional, and spiritual assault, these believers say they desire that no mother enters the doors of an abortion clinic without knowing three realities: that she is already a mother, that there is help available to her, and that Jesus Christ died for them and loves them. Many sidewalk ministers