The Great Testimony of: Bobby Conner An Abortion Survivor
Before Bobby Conner was ever born he had an encounter with the Lord. He says the encounter took place inside his mother’s womb. When Bobby’s mom was pregnant, his father was in a mental institution dying of a venereal disease. The doctors warned his mother that the baby she was carrying would also be affected by the same illness that his father was dying of in the hospital. So, she decided to abort the baby (Bobby) that was in her womb with a coat hanger. But, God’s hand intervened and protected Bobby. As his mom inserted the coat hanger inside her body and attempted to pull Bobby’s life out, the Lord’s hand came and pushed Bobby aside in his mother’s womb.
Although some have said that nobody can know what happened to them when they were a fetus, Bobby disagrees, “Me and John the Baptist do.”
Bobby grew up in East Texas in extreme poverty. His mom made family clothes out of feed sacks. Since the family did not have a car, they would hitch a ride to church. At the age of eight, Bobby began to feel self conscious about his impoverished conditions. In an effort to escape, Bobby began to drink alcohol, shoe polish, shaving lotion and even gasoline.
“I could be whoever I wanted to be when I was high,” Bobby said.
He would even break into hospitals and steal pills to support his addiction. In 1968, after a history of drug abuse and jail time as a young adult, Bobby decided to get a “normal life.” He married, had a child, and even lived in a house with a white picket fence. But Bobby still felt empty.
In frustration he cried out, “If this is all there is to living, I’m through with it.”
One night, after he dropped his wife and son off at church, Bobby drove away from the church with a double barrel shotgun under his seat. Parking the car, he pulled out the gun, placed the barrel in his mouth, and took the safety off. With his thumb on the trigger, Bobby began to cry and shake uncontrollably, but he just couldn’t kill himself. Instead, he put the gun away and drove back to the church.
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