Are you ready for another serving of Monday morning good news? Here it is! So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we now know of 417 babies whose mothers decided to reject abortion!
Here are some of the stories we’ve received from local 40 Days for Life teams.
The very next day, said Ernie in Pensacola, three more women changed their minds about abortion. “That’s four witnessed turnarounds! Praise be to God!”
Ernie also reports that a former worker at the abortion facility has now found a new job as a medical assistant. ”Thank you for all your prayers for her,” he said.
“We were with her last evening and she expressed how seeing our peaceful, prayerful presence made all the difference in her life. It is truly beautiful how God uses this simple act to draw hearts and minds to him.”
POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
Maureen in Poughkeepsie tells the story of two women who changed their minds.
In one instance, a woman walked into Planned Parenthood, followed a few minutes later by a man. The man had accepted some pro-life information from prayer volunteers. A short time later, he left the building and got in his car.
A few minutes later, the woman also left the building and got into the car with him. They hugged, then drove away with relieved looks on their faces.
Later, two women drove past Planned Parenthood twice — slowly. The younger woman in the passenger’s seat was crying.
They pulled over and talked briefly, then left. Ten minutes later, they came back. This time, they stopped and went inside. As they walked towards the building, the volunteers offered information and help.
They were inside for only ten minutes before they came back out. They waved to the volunteers, got into their car and left — for good.
A young couple walked out of the abortion center with a handful of paperwork. “They had just found out she was farther than they thought — 17 weeks,” said a 40 Days for Life volunteer. “And after paying $150 for the ultrasound, they didn’t have the $775 to complete the abortion.”
The volunteers mentioned a pro-life center that would do another ultrasound – free – to see if they were told the truth. The couple accepted the offer.
“There’s NO WAY we’re having the abortion now,” the father said, after seeing the ultrasound. “I thought the baby was the size of a quarter from the picture they gave us.”
“We are so joyful to see God’s blessings for our prayerful presence on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility,” said Mike in Southfield. “This is such a simple plan. We show up and pray in public. God changes hearts, mothers and babies are saved from abortion. What could be easier?”
With 133 of the 301 local 40 Days for Life campaigns holding their vigils outside Planned Parenthood facilities, it’s no surprise that I get a lot of e-mail about Planned Parenthood.
Here are a few stories about how America’s largest abortion chain conducts its business — including a report from Houston, home of the biggest abortion facility in North America — the 76,000 square foot Planned Parenthood complex.
Eileen tells the story of a Barbara and her husband, who had recently moved to Indianapolis and called the pro-life pregnancy center for an appointment.
“During the moving process Barbara, realized that she was pregnant for the first time,” Eileen said. “She wanted an ultrasound to be sure the pregnancy was progressing normally.”
Barbara said she was on her way to the pro-life center from Planned Parenthood. “I told Barbara that I was glad she had decided against having an abortion,” Eileen said. “But Barbara said she had not gone there for an abortion.”
Barbara thought she knew what Planned Parenthood was about. She believed they cared about women. But when she went there and asked for an ultrasound, she was told that she could only have an ultrasound if she was going to have an abortion.
Eileen said, “Thank God for 40 Days for Life, for prayer partners and for sidewalk counselors who really do care about women. “
ITHACA, NEW YORK
“A minister saw us praying,” said Mary Anne in Ithaca, “and stopped to introduced himself. He wanted to pray over us for protection.”
Right after that, a Planned Parenthood employee jumped into the midst of the people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil, claiming they had no right to be there.
“One of the prayer volunteers proclaimed that she did have a right to be there,” said Mary Anne, “as she’d had an abortion and regrets it every day.”
She also mentioned a man who was delivering bottled water to Planned Parenthood. He told the volunteers his girlfriend had been scheduled to have an abortion — until he saw people praying on the sidewalk outside.
After seeing the pro-lifers praying that day, he ran into the abortion center and found his girlfriend — and the two of them left. They’re now the parents of a 17-month-old child.
A woman walked into the mobile pro-life pregnancy center across from Planned Parenthood with a coupon for a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. She was given the coupon in February – but did not use it. She had gone through with an abortion.
As she pointed towards Houston’s Planned Parenthood abortion megaplex, she told volunteers, “I never want to go into that building again.” She said the abortion was a terrible experience and that she would never have another one.
The volunteers have seen other women who had been given these coupons — by friends who had gone to Planned Parenthood.
One woman’s friend told her that she really regretted her abortion and that before the friend had one, she should go see “the people in the blue bus.”
“Even if you think your day in prayer at Planned Parenthood was unproductive, think again,” said one volunteer. “You never know how God will use the sacrifice you make to be there and the time you spend in prayer.”
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.