Once she began speaking, she said, she was not nervous.
“I had a message, the message was truth and when you're speaking truth, you do feel comfortable,” she said.
Her Catholic faith, she told CNA, informs her work as a sidewalk counselor.
“I believe that everything is the glory of God,” she said, stressing her desire to speak with women — to introduce peace into their hearts and tell them they are not alone — when they are troubled.
Faith, McCullen said, “tells me peace is important.”
“I take a step in faith every morning,” she said. “I take a step in faith and I, in this case, I walk with the women — and then when the babies are born, I walk with the mothers and the babies.”
McCullen appears to do just that: she continues to care for women and their families after their babies are born. She shared one story with CNA, that she said she might have shared with senators if she had had the time.
“I talked to a mother and father, they were considering abortion, and I offered help and we went to see the ultrasound, and they said, yes, they would keep the babies,” she remembered. “They had twins!”
She and her husband also sent the father back to school. While he previously worked as a nurse in Nigeria, she said, his credentials did not transfer when he moved to the United States.
Today, the father is a registered nurse in the U.S. and the twins are juniors in high school.
“Even today, they call for different reasons, because high school has a few expenses, and I'm happy to help them,” Eleanor McCullen told CNA. “I just love the girls.”
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One, she said, is named Oprah. The other, Eleanor.
During her testimony, she shared another story about a call this week from a mother she had helped.
“I was just looking through my baby book of my 3-month-old little girl,” the woman told her over the telephone. Underneath that photo, the woman said, she found McCullen’s card.
“I have to tell you,” she said of her little girl, “Rose is now 18. She’s graduating from high school, she’s on her way to college, and I want to thank you for being there that day in January.”
“Rose,” she told McCullen, “is the joy of our life.”
McCullen told senators that she hands out cards with her contact information to women outside of the abortion clinic. She held one up for them to see, bearing the image of the cross.