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Stranger's Words Gave Mother-to-be Strength [Mom thanks pro-life sidewalk counsellor]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-2-2003 | Brenda Kay

Posted on 03/06/2003 7:26:14 AM PST by Notwithstanding

Stranger's words gave mother-to-be strength

By BRENDA KEY

Last Updated: March 2, 2003

Immediately, the doctor who prescribed the medicine and the manufacturer of the drug wrote, called and pleaded with me to abort the baby, because Accutane was known to cause severe deformation in a fetus. The manufacturers even sent us pictures of babies born to mothers taking Accutane.

After struggling and agonizing, my husband and I decided the doctors were right, so I scheduled an appointment to have an abortion.

The day I went to the clinic in downtown Milwaukee, I remember feeling angry, yet sad, bewildered, unsure, guilty. But I believed my doctors and the manufacturer of the medicine were correct. Surely they could not be wrong . . . The medication can cause severe deformity. At the time it made sense in my mind, but my heart was far from it.

Before I could open the front door of the building where the clinic was, a hand touched my shoulder and a woman's voice simply said, "God loves that baby. Don't do it."

How she knew where I was going in that tall building, I still don't know. Maybe my frightened look and my small paper bag with slippers and house robe in it were dead giveaways. Whatever it was, I'm glad she stopped me.

She said again, "Don't do it. God loves that baby."

I was in total shock, afraid someone I knew had seen me. Slowly I turned around to see a young white female I had never seen in my life, a total stranger saying to me again, "Don't do it. God loves that baby."

Her name was Monica Migliorino. I repeatedly explained to Monica what my doctors had said. I explained to her what the manufacturer of the medicine had sent me and told me. Monica continued to say, "God loves that baby . . . No matter what physical condition that baby may be in, you can make it."

She must have heard the panic in my voice. She began to plead more strongly, "Please, don't do it." I told Monica again what the doctors had said. Surely they could not be wrong; they were the experts.

I went inside the building and took the elevator up to the clinic. But before I could open the office door, fear gripped my soul. I ran down three flights of steps looking for a telephone. Finding one, I called Mother Artie LaValley, now deceased, my state supervisor of the Northwest District of the Church of God in Christ. She was on the phone. I put in an emergency interrupt and she accepted it. I realize now that I was one little member of the Northwest District, which has thousands of members, yet Mother LaValley accepted my emergency call.

I explained to Mother LaValley the situation from start to finish. I remember so clearly exactly what she had said. At first she said, "Brenda, I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you what the testimony of the Lord has done for me."

After we talked for a half-hour, she proclaimed in a powerful tone, "Brenda, don't do it, the Lord loves that little baby. Everything will be all right."

I picked up my paper bag and left the building. On that cold November morning, Monica was still standing outside. She came over to me. Without my saying a word, she knew I had not had the abortion. Tears began to fall down her cheeks, as well as mine. This stranger, this white woman I didn't know, was hugging me and praising God as if she was my best friend.

And so it was on the warm afternoon of June 11, 1984, that our daughter, Shonda Yvette-Rosie Key, was born at St. Joseph's Hospital.

All her toes and fingers, eyes and nose were in the right places. Completely whole, a beautiful baby girl. And now, 18 years later, my heart is flooded with gratitude and appreciation to Monica and Mother LaValley for literally saving our child's life.

Monica made me a promise that day outside the clinic building: "I'll stick by you, through it all." And this she did. For 12 years she was there, helping where she could. Every year, Monica would give Shonda a birthday gift. The last gift she gave to Shonda was a large picture of a brown Jesus. We later moved to Tulsa and lost contact with Monica.

Shonda graduated from Marshall High School and is attending Concordia University in Mequon. Maybe someday Shonda will get married and have a child of her own. I don't know what the future holds for Shonda. We're just so happy that she at least has a future to look forward to. Had it not been for God who was on our side, had it not been for Monica standing on that corner, had it not been for Mother LaValley accepting my emergency call, our baby, a real living beautiful young lady, would be just another statistic.


Brenda Key and her husband, Sherman, of Milwaukee are the parents of five children, including Shonda (left).


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JUST DO IT!

Mom and Dad with the baby who escaped the abortion industry's evil clutches due to PRO-LIFE SIDEWALK ACTIVISM.


1 posted on 03/06/2003 7:26:15 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: AKA Elena; american colleen; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; Aristophanes; ArrogantBustard; Askel5; ...
Amazing "AMEN"! ping
2 posted on 03/06/2003 7:27:45 AM PST by Notwithstanding (What have you done for LIFE lately?)
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To: Notwithstanding
Look at those beautiful smiles!
3 posted on 03/06/2003 7:29:45 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.--Mark Twain)
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To: Notwithstanding
What a great story! I'm not usually sentimental, but this brought tears to my eyes. Thanks.
4 posted on 03/06/2003 7:30:40 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: Notwithstanding
Outstanding! What a beautiful family!!!
5 posted on 03/06/2003 7:33:40 AM PST by Charlie OK (God is Pro-Life)
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To: Notwithstanding
God bless this beautiful family. That young lady will be a great asset to our nation and our faith.
6 posted on 03/06/2003 7:35:13 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
That young lady will be a great asset to our nation and our faith.


And hopefully, if this story continues to circulate, an asset to those who have wavering faith.
7 posted on 03/06/2003 7:41:14 AM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray & fast for our troops this lent-Peace through strength)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Monica, the sidewalk counsellor, is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Please send her an email of good wishes and prayers. truthproject@htdconnect.com
8 posted on 03/06/2003 7:42:42 AM PST by Notwithstanding (What have you done for LIFE lately?)
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To: Notwithstanding
What a wonderful story!! (full tears in my cubicle)

GOD BLESS THEM!!

9 posted on 03/06/2003 7:45:31 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: nickcarraway
ping
10 posted on 03/06/2003 7:59:46 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Notwithstanding
Message sent. Photos of this brave woman anyone?
11 posted on 03/06/2003 8:12:01 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: WaveThatFlag
Photos of this brave woman anyone?

I believe this link, www.monicamiller.org, should redirect you to her picture.

12 posted on 03/06/2003 8:22:53 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Notwithstanding
Thank you for this post - people need to hear of the Pro-Life victories, (although few and far between).
Standing out on the sidewalk every Saturday morning (killing day) at the Abortion mill, reading my bible and praying.
"Good morning mother, Jesus loves that baby, and He loves you, too. We can help..."
And when one actually changes her mind and walks back out - WOW, praise God !!
Then it is time for the other end of the ministry, Crisis Pregnancy Cente, to help with the logistics that makes her change of heart become a reality as a new-born baby !!
13 posted on 03/06/2003 8:30:12 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
Nope. The site is under construction. But a search on the net reveals a very interesting woman. Monica Miller is my kind of feminist.
14 posted on 03/06/2003 8:39:29 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: mhking
A black PRO-LIFE ping for you...
15 posted on 03/06/2003 8:39:29 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Where liberals lead, misery follows.)
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To: SpookBrat
A great read!
16 posted on 03/06/2003 8:44:38 AM PST by Johnny Gage (God Bless President George W. Bush, God Bless our Military and God Bless America!)
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To: Notwithstanding
Wonderful post - thank you. bttt
17 posted on 03/06/2003 9:02:23 AM PST by lodwick
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To: Notwithstanding
stories like this warm the cockles of my heart. The goo goo family adopted a baby whose birth mother chose life. This was 20 years ago. Our family has similar smiles...
18 posted on 03/06/2003 9:03:08 AM PST by goo goo g'joob
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To: Guenevere
Prolife ping.
19 posted on 03/06/2003 9:04:44 AM PST by kassie (God is merciful and hears our prayers.)
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To: Notwithstanding
Oh wow ... what a wonderful story

God Bless this family

20 posted on 03/06/2003 9:10:31 AM PST by Mo1 (Free Miguel Estrada !!!)
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To: Notwithstanding
What a beautiful story! Thank you for posting this!
21 posted on 03/06/2003 9:19:31 AM PST by livius
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To: Notwithstanding
I'll stick by you, through it all."

Matthew 28:20 - I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

22 posted on 03/06/2003 9:22:10 AM PST by Dr. Eckleburg
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To: kassie
Thanks kassie......a beautiful story....Thanks!
23 posted on 03/06/2003 9:36:12 AM PST by Guenevere (...)
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To: Notwithstanding; Mr. Silverback
Major Pro-Life ping!!
24 posted on 03/06/2003 9:39:39 AM PST by NYer (Kyrie Eleison)
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To: RooRoobird14
RooRoo, are you net surfing at work? Naughty Naughty
25 posted on 03/06/2003 9:43:16 AM PST by BabsC
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To: Notwithstanding
I trust that Palpatine is on your "ping" list.

He'll be ecstatic over this one.

26 posted on 03/06/2003 9:45:11 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
i have pinged the menace from time to time, but this is such good news that I am not sure he should hear about it
27 posted on 03/06/2003 9:58:41 AM PST by Notwithstanding (What have you done for LIFE lately?)
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To: shhrubbery!
Brought tears to my eyes as well. A very heartwarming story. Side walk counselors have an effect, one life at a time.

Small connection for me here...I was also born at St. Joseph's in Milwaukee.
28 posted on 03/06/2003 10:01:22 AM PST by valleygal
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To: Notwithstanding
BUMP
29 posted on 03/06/2003 10:07:08 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Notwithstanding; Artist
She touched her, huh?

I bet that could have gotten her jail time, for starters.

Praise God for how it turned out. (And I hope "Mother" whoever has learned her Bible a bit better, since.)

Dan

30 posted on 03/06/2003 10:08:54 AM PST by BibChr ("Reprove a wise man and he will love you" [Proverbs 9:8b; good litmus test])
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To: nickcarraway
Somebody save this post for siohban who will be away for the next 40 days.
31 posted on 03/06/2003 10:19:40 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: Notwithstanding
The doctor was not concerned that the baby might be born with a lot of problems. He was only concerned that if the baby was born with deformities, he might be sued for not suggesting she get an abortion.
32 posted on 03/06/2003 10:42:28 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: Siobhan
Bump for when you get back.
33 posted on 03/06/2003 10:45:33 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: Notwithstanding
Teary-eyed *wow*. Thank you!
34 posted on 03/06/2003 11:02:26 AM PST by GOPrincess
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To: Notwithstanding
THANK YOU for posting this.

This story, along with the pictures, reminds me why it is important to focus peoples' attention on human life at its most vulnerable stage.

This story brought tears to my eyes and a lu mp to my throat.

Thanks again for posting it.

35 posted on 03/06/2003 11:12:58 AM PST by chs68
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To: chs68

Now the sad news:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/858433/posts
36 posted on 03/06/2003 11:42:22 AM PST by Notwithstanding (What have you done for LIFE lately?)
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To: CCWoody
This should make you happy ping!
37 posted on 03/06/2003 1:50:06 PM PST by jjm2111 ("Stop trying to hit me and hit me." - Morpheus from "The Matrix")
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To: Notwithstanding
BTTT
38 posted on 03/06/2003 2:03:08 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: WaveThatFlag
Nope. The site is under construction.

The site works just fine. I'll try to make this as easy as possible for you. As I stated in my post to you (and as is also stated on the linked site itself) the link will redirect you to a page that has a picture of the courageous Mrs. Monica Migliorino Miller.


39 posted on 03/06/2003 2:08:57 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Notwithstanding
**Monica made me a promise that day outside the clinic building: "I'll stick by you, through it all." And this she did. For 12 years she was there, helping where she could. Every year, Monica would give Shonda a birthday gift. The last gift she gave to Shonda was a large picture of a brown Jesus. We later moved to Tulsa and lost contact with Monica.**

What a saint this person was to keep in touch with the mother and family. She will receive her rewards in heaven.
40 posted on 03/06/2003 7:14:46 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
Given the nature of this thread, do you think perhaps manner is just a bit out of place?
41 posted on 03/07/2003 5:38:49 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: WaveThatFlag
Given the nature of this thread, do you think perhaps manner is just a bit out of place?

I hope that this is my misunderstanding, but it sounds as though you are questioning my good manners. Please allow me to explain the chain of events from my perspective. You made a request of the group in your post #11 for a picture of this individual and I took the time in post #12 to give you a hyperlink to her web page that would automatically redirect you to her picture. If you had bothered to fully read the page (it was only 42 words long) or my message, you would have known that it would automatically redirect you. Rather than ask for clarification off-line, you publicly responded in post #14 that I was in error. If there was a ever a negative tone in our correspondence in this thread, it began with your terse use of the word "Nope" to illustrate the error you erroneously perceived. Assuming the best about your motives and imagining that these web issues might be challenging for you, I responded in post #39 with hyperlinks to all of the relevant pages and a direct posting of the picture so as to make this all as easy as possible for you. Rather than thank me for taking this time to respond to your original request, you now appear to be questioning my behavior. I hope that my interpretation is in error, but if not, I will no longer respond to your posts or requests and will encourage others to do the same.

42 posted on 03/07/2003 8:29:38 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
. Rather than thank me for taking this time to respond to your original request, you now appear to be questioning my behavior. I hope that my interpretation is in error, but if not, I will no longer respond to your posts or requests and will encourage others to do the same.

Do whatever you think you must. Your demeanor only makes me feel more blessed that there are people like Monica Miller in the world who show patience and understanding when people are confused, rather than condescention and sarcasm. And to be honest with you, I really have no interest in conversing with anyone who would go along with your boycott. So begin your campaign immediately.

43 posted on 03/07/2003 8:45:49 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: Notwithstanding
What an outstanding witness!!
44 posted on 03/07/2003 9:25:40 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Notwithstanding
Tears are streaming down my face! What a powerful story -- and now this young lady goes to college right in the town where I live (Mequon).
45 posted on 03/07/2003 9:58:35 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
bttt
46 posted on 03/07/2003 10:10:49 AM PST by f.Christian (( + God =Truth + love courage // LIBERTY logic + SANITY + Awakening + ))
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To: Notwithstanding
Thanks for a very uplifting story. God answers our prayers every day, if we ask him.
47 posted on 03/07/2003 10:31:45 AM PST by Carpet Kitten
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To: Notwithstanding
Patricia Ireland must be howling and shrieking in indignation!

(I accidently clicked the wrong button and sent this post as a complaint - I'm sorry, I didn't mean to!)
48 posted on 03/07/2003 11:26:25 AM PST by wontbackdown
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To: BibChr
Wow. Great article. Thanks very much for the ping!
49 posted on 03/07/2003 6:33:45 PM PST by Artist
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To: Salvation
You wrote: "What a saint this person was to keep in touch with the mother and family. She will receive her rewards in heaven."

All over this great country there are saints in waiting -- standing outside the abortion mills -- they are ridiculed, harrassed, monitored by the police and FBI, and called extremists and terrorists. Sometimes they even have false chages pressed against them by the abortionists if they are too successful.

God bless them all -- and may God find more saints in waiting willing to do the same.

The life you save might be your own grandchild!!!
50 posted on 03/07/2003 7:16:59 PM PST by victim soul
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