as Pro-Abort Mantra Crumbles under Scrutiny
I had to smile when I read a California blogger's post that described
40 Days for Life as a "babies-saving, moms-helping, 'round-the-clock
prayer-and-fasting- outside-abortion-businesses effort that's been
saving thousands of babies' lives."
I really loved that breath of fresh air! Far too often lately, I've see
strings of other adjectives connected to 40 Days for Life that are --
to put it mildly -- inaccurate.
Just this week, I saw 40 Days for Life described as "a nasty campaign
of anti-women harassers" who "get their jollies at this time of the
year by swarming women's reproductive health centers and abortion
clinics for 40 days."
Unfortunately, others can often be taken in by these inaccurate
representations. One 40 Days for Life vigil participant saw first hand
how such misstatements can have an impact.
A young woman drove up to the abortion center and sat in her car. She
seemed to be waiting for someone. Finally, the person she was waiting
for arrived -- a policeman. The woman wanted to be escorted into the
building because people were outside praying.
A 40 Days for Life vigil participant said the officer was aware that
"there had never been any complaints about us and how we conduct
ourselves." But he also didn't seem to understand why people were
The volunteer saw an opportunity to do a bit of educating, and
explained that two dozen lawsuits were pending against the abortion
center and there had been reports of three abortion-related deaths. "He
didn't know any of that."
The officer said, "The woman was scared to get out of the car with you
here." The volunteer responded, "She should have been scared to go
Other people have fallen for the common "pro-choice" mantra that a
woman's abortion decision should be "honored and respected."
A 40 Days for Life participant in Lake County, Indiana was shocked to
see a pro-life bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot at Planned
Parenthood. The driver explained that she didn't like abortion, but it
was her friend's choice to have one.
She was told that such an argument wouldn't wash if her friend were to
rob a bank; the driver of the getaway car is considered an accomplice.
With that, the woman went inside the building to tell her friend she
was about to make a terrible mistake.
It wasn't easy. Voices were raised. It was quite emotional. At one
point, the driver came out crying, saying she had failed.
But the vigil participants encouraged her to try again. They kept
praying and "decided to let the Holy Spirit work."
The driver went back into the abortion center.
Later, her friend came out in tears, saying she had changed her mind:
"I couldn't do it."
Thank you for your faithfulness and your commitment. And thank you,
Contact: David Bereit
40 Days for Life
to a friend.
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been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the
human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that
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