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Sixteen and Pregnant
WHILE I was a patrolman I really enjoyed cruising the unincorporated subdivisions of McHenry County, especially stopping and talking to the young people. I became friends ...

SIXTEEN AND PREGNANT

Herbert Cropp (Ret.)

McHenry County, IL, Sheriff’s Department

WHILE I was a patrolman I really enjoyed cruising the unincorporated subdivisions of McHenry County, especially stopping and talking to the young people. I became friends with many, and when they would see me patrolling they would come running up to me—all ages, from children through teenagers. We would talk about a lot of different things, such as what was happening in their lives, at school, etc. Trying not to be too bold or overpowering, I would give them friendly advice about working hard in school, not dropping out, listening to their parents and teachers, being truthful, and never being afraid to ask for help or advice.

One day a 16-year-old girl I’d talked with several times came up to me in tears. She said she was pregnant and did not know what to do. She had not yet told her parents. We had a long talk and I told her that God loves her, we would pray together, and she should tell her parents. When she asked about an abortion, I responded, “No. God loves all children including the unborn. Tell your parents and seek help from your friends and church. After the baby is born try to finish high school.

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Thank God it all worked out. She kept the baby, and we talked several times after that. Over the years and with promotions that moved me into other areas I am sorry to say we lost track of each other. But I will always be thankful God gave me words to say that saved the life of an unborn child and put a pregnant teen on the right track.

In today’s environment of so-called “separation of church and state” many jurisdictions tend to frown on conversations between officers and civilians where God or Jesus is mentioned. While such “gag orders” are unconstitutional, many officers feel too intimidated to say what needs to be said. I am so thankful that, when this took place 35 years ago, that feeling wasn’t so prevalent.


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