What My Son Said About Planned Parenthood Totally Shocked Me

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Dec 18, 2017   |   1:57PM   |   Washington, DC

As this semester wraps up, there is so much I need you to update you on…stories of babies saved, women in crisis served by your Students for Life groups, and students’ minds changed after seeing our displays and talking with trained students.

But this morning, I want to tell you about a conversation I had with my oldest son, Gunner, yesterday.

As you may know, Gunner has cystic fibrosis (CF), a deadly genetic disease that thankfully is now seeing half of its victims survive to 30 and beyond. From time to time, those with CF have to be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics to improve lung function and fight dangerous infections.

On Friday morning, I arrived home after being delayed at the DC airport several hours on Thursday night and took Gunner to his scheduled CF clinic appointment. There we learned his lung function had dropped and were admitted to the hospital. We’ve been here since. (Please pray that we get to go home today or by mid week…we don’t want to spend Christmas here!)

Well, yesterday when Gunner’s doctor was visiting his room, he said something I’ll never forget. He told her that he had to get better because he is going to be Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare. I couldn’t have been prouder, even though his doctor clearly wasn’t too excited about his career plans.

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After his doctor left, I told him that he might want to stop talking about putting Planned Parenthood out of business in front of his doctor, as she doesn’t believe the same things we do. And that started a thirty minute discussion of how someone I previously said was smart and one of the top doctors in the country could not understand science. 😉

But Gunner quickly shifted gears and asked me how many Planned Parenthoods there are and how many staffers I had. I told him 600 and 43. At first he was discouraged but then said he knew what to do…that we needed to go one by one and shut each Planned Parenthood down. He told me that if we kept doing it, pretty soon they would all be gone.

He actually said this. He even started drawing out a battle plan. I truly wish I had filmed it.

A few minutes later, his nurse walked in and the conversation ended.

Steven, I’m sitting next to Gunner waiting for him to wake up, so I apologize in any spelling errors I may have in this letter, but I just had to write you about this conversation.

With kids like Gunner and the tens of thousands of middle, high school, and college pro-life students who are coming up in the ranks of our movement, I have no doubt that this generation will see the end of Planned Parenthood and abortion in our lifetime.

The only question for me is how long will it take.

Please pray for Gunner. We’ve got a little Christmas tree here in the room, but it’s not the same as being home with his brothers and sister preparing for the “big day.”

Please pray for our pro-life generation as we courageously battle the culture of death right where they target, on our college campuses and in our schools.

Please pray about how you can step up to serve this movement and join with our team at Students for Life as we implement plans just like Gunner laid out, one by one. One transformed student at a time. One campus at a time. One Planned Parenthood facility at a time.