Pro-Life Group Launches Prayer Campaign to Convert Abortion Practitioners
by Steven Ertelt
September 29, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A top pro-life group has launched a new prayer campaign to encourage pro-life advocates to pray for abortion practitioners. Human Life International hopes getting them to convert to Christianity will be one way to protect women and children from the tragedy of abortion.
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, the head of HLI, tells LifeNews.com the international campaign involves getting Catholics to promote praying the St. Michael prayer after every Mass.
"The fight against the culture of death is primarily a spiritual battle," Euteneuer said.
He cites Biblical writings to make his case: "Nowhere are the words of St. Paul that ‘our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens’ (Ephesians 6:12), more evident or obvious than in the abortion battle."
With the conversion prayers, Euteneuer strongly believes "abortionists around the world will convert from their cooperation with evil."
He also believes the prayer campaign fits in with the pro-life and Christian approach HLI takes.
"As a pro-life organization we are naturally concerned with the babies killed by abortion and their mothers who are ravaged by it," he tells LifeNews.com. "But we are also concerned with the eternal souls of those caught up in this evil, the abortionists, and others who promote it. We want to see them in Heaven, and as a priest that is of ultimate concern to me."
HLI is asking people to sign a pledge of support for the campaign to pray daily for abortion practitioners and has produced prayer cards in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
The pro-life movement is filled with former abortion practitioners who became pro-life and now strongly advocate an end to abortion.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson was the founder of NARAL and did more than 50,000 abortions before his viewing ultrasounds of unborn children convinced him that babies are worthy of protection before birth.
Dr. Anthony Levatino did abortions for eight years and quit in 1985 to open a private practice as an obstetrician gynecologist.
"My experiences are perhaps a bit more universal in terms of obstetricians and gynecologists in the country who were trained to do abortions during their residencies and then continued doing so as part of their private practice, but not even the major part. Certainly it was never a major part of our private practice," he’s said.
He, too, cited the use of ultrasounds as a reason why he came around to the pro-life side.
"As a doctor, you know that these are children; you know that these are human beings with arms and legs and heads and they move around and they are very active. But you get reminded — every time you put that scanner down on somebody’s uterus — you are reminded. Because you see the children in there — hearts beating, arms flinging," he has said.
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