National 40 Days for Life Campaign Sees Abortion Centers Temporarily Closing
by Steven Ertelt
March 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — For abortion center staff who don’t want to face the prospect of going to work with dozens of pro-life advocates outside their facility, temporarily closing is the next best thing. That’s what two abortion centers in Austin, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida have done in the face of community opposition.
"I’ve heard from numerous 40 Days for Life vigil coordinators that on certain days, every one of the abortion center’s patients left without having an abortion," 40 Days director Shawn Carney told LifeNews.com.
How does he know the abortions didn’t take place?
"Because the clinic was closed. Locked tight — nobody home," he said.
A pro-life advocate named Pat reports that as many as 50 people are praying and educating people outside a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Jacksonville. When they see the pro-life advocates at the center, women considering an abortion decide otherwise.
"Many cars will drive in, make a U-turn — and keep going out," she said.
Carney comments: "Because of the pro-life presence at Planned Parenthood, these women went someplace else — a pro-life pregnancy center — where they saw ultrasound images of their children and chose life for their babies instead of abortion."
Another group of women came for their appointments for abortions the next Saturday, but, this time, Planned Parenthood shut down for the day due to the lack of customers the week prior.
"Many of these people don’t know Jacksonville so they didn’t know to drive two miles to the next abortionist, they just went home," Pat said.
Pat says the results are prompting pro-life advocates to make a commitment to be present outside the abortion center to deter even more abortions.
"We already know we will return to honor Planned Parenthood with our presence in the fall," she said. "They are definitely unhappy. I think their profits may be down. I know our spirits are up."
Shawn also informs LifeNews.com of a pro-life advocate named Elizabeth in Austin, Texas who has worked with others and has seen an abortion center there close down two Sundays in a row when abortions were scheduled thanks to the 40 Days campaign.
"With the clinic not opening its gates for clients at all last Sunday that makes two Sundays that the clinic did not harm women and abort children," she said. "Even though we do not need to see the fruits of our labor to know we are doing what God wants, it sure is unbelievably encouraging."
Elizabeth says 450 pro-life people are participating in the Spring campaign and that has resulted in lives saved.
Carney says the results show that a peaceful, prayerful presence at abortion centers is effective in saving unborn children from abortion and helping women avoid a decision they will regret the rest of their lives.
"I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again and again: being there makes a difference," he said. "Being there on a regular basis makes a bigger difference. Being there on a regular basis in large numbers makes an incredible difference."
Related web sites:
40 Days for Life – https://40daysforlife.com
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