In the first days of a 40 Days for Life campaign, when abortion workers watch your peaceful presence outside their building, they do NOT like what they are seeing. They view us as enemies and a nuisance. Over time, however, they witness your prayers, love and compassion … in the rain, snow or heat. Eventually, some begin to question the work they are doing.
Of the 76 workers who have had a change of heart and left their jobs, many have done so in the last two weeks of the campaign. This time, it’s a first for an international 40 Days for Life campaign.
We’ve just learned that an abortion center worker in Sydney, Australia has quit her job and left for good! This now makes 77 abortion employees who have decided that they cannot continue with their work and walked out during 40 Days for Life campaigns.
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The Sydney team tells the story of a young woman who had moved to Australia from Nigeria two years ago. She was trained as a nurse assistant, and quickly became certified to work in her new home – and this was a good thing, as her family needed money.
She enrolled with an agency and was placed at various healthcare facilities. Recently, however, she was assigned to Preterm Foundation in the Sydney area. This woman did not know that Preterm Foundation was an abortion facility.
At first, she was asked to sterilize instruments. But then she was told to help with “procedures,” guiding an ultrasound wand as abortions were carried out.
That’s when she approached the 40 Days for Life prayer group. “She was desperate to leave. But she had been placed there by the agency and was convinced if she left that would be the last job they would ever find for her,” said Paul Hanrahan, one of the 40 Days for Life leaders.
She said that with only her husband’s factory job, there would not be enough money to pay the rent. However, with the promise of financial help from various pro-life sources, she went to church and prayed … and found the courage to quit her job.
This young woman says that once she finds a new position, she will tell the whole story of what it was like to work at an abortion center.
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
40 Days for Life volunteers in Orange County are becoming even more concerned about what’s going on inside the Planned Parenthood facility where their vigil is taking place.
The people praying on the sidewalk say it’s common to see women leaving in tears. They were watching when one woman was picked up after an abortion, with a sweatshirt over her head to hide her face.
Recently, though, they’ve seen something else – ambulances and emergency medical teams. It’s now happened four times.
The people praying on the sidewalk say an ambulance pulled up, and a woman was wheeled out of the abortion center. One of the volunteers say the woman looked in their direction, so they hope she realizes that they were praying for her – and her baby.
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“Let us pray for these women and all women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy, and bring out to the light the malpractices that take place in our neighborhood under so-called safe, legal abortion,” said Alejandra in Orange County. “Please bring your cameras … and document these incidents if you witness them.”
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion. He is the director of the Coalition for Life.