The pro-life movement catches a lot of unfair criticism from the left about not caring for children once they’ve been born. There is a heinous rumor being circulated that pro-life activists are only “pro-birth,” and once the child is born, they are on their own. While most of the people saying this know it’s lie created for no other purpose than to soothe their own consciences, ‘Unplanned’ muse and former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson decided to put her money where her mouth was.
With the help of Destiny Herdon-De La Rosa and her group “New Wave Feminists,” Johnson created the Bottles2TheBorder campaign, which sought to provide basic necessities to women and children in an immigration respite facility in McAllen, Texas. After creating not one but two registries, Johnson managed to deliver a whopping $120,000 in donated items to the inhabitants of the facility. Moving that much product was no easy feat, but the most difficult task would be unloading it.
One would think that with the amount of blubbering from the United States Congress about the conditions at these facilities, at least one of our elected officials would be more than happy to roll up their sleeves and help out. But according to Johnson’s record of events, that is not so.
She recalls seeing the “starched suits and pressed dresses, pants, high heels, and polished shoes” worn by the “distraught” members of Congress. She also recalls the shock on their faces when she introduces herself and asks for their help unloading the donated care items.
“I introduced myself and said we had an 18-wheeler arriving at the respite center in the next 20 minutes full of supplies for these poor people, who had nothing and needed help unloading it,” Johnson details in her op-ed for Fox News. “I told them their cheap toys and photo op wasn’t helping these people.”
“If they truly wanted to help, they could lend a hand in unloading the semi-truck in the 102-degree heat with all of us women who came from all over Texas to help,” she continued.
“They looked stunned that someone had the gall to ask them to actually do something, as in not just for the cameras. They told me they couldn’t help because they only had 10 more minutes, which they used to move to the other side of the room and continue their press conference — for another 30 minutes. They told me they “would help,” but they had another press opportunity to get to.”
She even noted the way that Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, D-Texas brushed her off when she asked for his help a second time.
“With a dismissive wave of his hand, he smugly said ‘I’ll send someone’ and then walked to his air-conditioned car and left,” Johnson wrote. “No one from his office came to help.”
Despite the lack of help from bloviating bureaucrats, Abby and her crew were able to amass donations of “119,608 diapers, 13,230 bottles of water, 6,660 pull-ups, 30,000 pairs of shoelaces, 16,172 ounces of formula, 420 canisters of Nido powdered milk, 8,100 maxi pads, 3,100 drawstring backpacks, and thousands of deodorant, baby wipes, bottles, nursing supplies, Lysol, Germ-X, hair ties, baby blankets, Dramamine, Tylenol, Advil, DayQuil, and chapstick.”
It would appear that physically helping at the border, and taking real, tangible action to alleviate the burdens placed on the women and children there is too much for our members of Congress. They’d rather sit in their air conditioned offices in DC and sign a piece of paper mandating someone else clean up their mess.
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