“Thank-you” and “F*#@ you!”

By Tom Quiner

Planned ParenthoodA small contingent just finished up our Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood  on this chilly afternoon praying on behalf of the unborn during 40 Days for Life.

Many people drove by giving us a thumbs up and a thank-you. We always get a few folks express their sentiments by extending a middle finger, sometimes even on both hands (hopefully not the driver!).

I noticed a couple drive by the busy street by which we prayed. They were especially demonstrative in expressing their disapproval of our pro-life position. A few minutes later, the couple pulled into the parking lot behind us, rolled down the window, and a ‘conversation’ began, going something like this:

Him: You can’t tell a woman what to do with her body!

Her: “F*#@ you!”

Him: “F*#@ you!”

Her: Stop shaming women!

Both: “F*#@ you!” “F*#@ you!” “F*#@ you!” “F*#@ you!”

I should interject that their voices, especially hers, were not ‘inside’ voices. It was a full-throated screech. She was enraged.

I said,

“Thank-you for stopping, we will pray for you.”

Not what they wanted to hear.

Her: “F*#@ you!” “F*#@ you!” “F*#@ you!”

Perhaps to mimic her voice, the tires screeched as they peeled triumphantly out of the parking lot with four hands thrust out of the windows of the car displaying four “you’re #1!” finger gestures. (I’m not sure how she managed to steer.)

As the exhaust cleared, it hit me that they were the reason we were there. Clearly, nothing we could say would make a difference to them, because they were too busy yelling at us to hear anything. Clearly, she had had an abortion.

But we knew God would hear our prayer offered up for this misguided couple, who may not have a whole lot of people praying for them.

Here is what we prayed:

The St. Michael the Archangel prayer

St. Michael the ArchangelSt. Michael the Archangel,

defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,

and do thou,

O Prince of the heavenly hosts,

by the power of God,

thrust into hell Satan,

and all the evil spirits,

who prowl about the world

seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

This prayer extends to all women and men who have been victims of abortion, as well as all the people trapped in jobs in abortion factories that kill our unborn brothers and sisters.

They need our prayers as much as the unborn, probably more, because abortion separates us from Christ, who is the source of our life.

Do you see why 40 Days for Life and the Rosary we pray are so important? The unpleasant people who screamed at us today are desperate for our prayers. They just don’t know it.

[Tom Quiner is board president for Pulse Life Advocates. Be sure to subscribe to our blog. Donations always appreciated.]


  1. Brook Doheny on February 27, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Keep up the great work!

    • iowansforlife on February 28, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      Thank-you! Keep reading our blogs and sharing them. That really helps.

  2. Jackie Carey on March 1, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this and for praying for these people. They are unaware of how miserable they are living with anger and fear. May God help them to wake up and realize the beauty of life and the blessings of every person born and unborn!

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