As I’ve traveled during this 40 Days for Life campaign, there is one constant factor: unity.
Just two nights ago, I spoke at an event in New Jersey and an Evangelical pastor came up afterwards, smiling. “I’m sure glad the Reformation has not stopped us from working together to end abortion,” he said.
This event had Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals in attendance, and his comment reflected the unity that the pro-life movement should be proud of.
This unity is a gift — and the abortion industry sees it as a threat. We’re seeing the evidence at 258 vigil locations. Here are just a few examples.
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
Linda in Fort Collins says a class from Holy Family Church comes to pray at the vigil every Saturday morning. As they were concluding their prayer hour, a couple came in from Greeley, a town about 30 miles away. The couple only spoke Spanish, but a few of the kids were able to talk to them.
The woman was told to visit Planned Parenthood because there was some sort of complication with her pregnancy and that she could die if she had the baby.
One of the student’s parents arrived and picked up the conversation, telling the couple that Planned Parenthood does abortions — and it would be much better for them if they scheduled an ultrasound through the pro-life pregnancy resource center, where there would be no pressure to abort the baby.
A prayer volunteer gave them additional information about all the help that’s available locally.
“The couple left,” Linda said. “Praise God!”
JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Speaking of youth groups at 40 Days for Life vigils … Elizabeth in Jacksonville sent a photo of the girls’ soccer team from Jacksonville Christian Academy in prayer outside the abortion center. That’s just excellent — young people sending a message of hope to other young people — so we’re really glad to see that.
“They came out to the vigil Thursday afternoon in place of their practice time,” Elizabeth said. Their coach “reported very positive responses from those who passed by.” The team spent over an hour praying in the public right-of-way.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
The Planned Parenthood facility in Cedar Rapids does not currently do surgical or RU-486 abortions. But the 40 Days for Life volunteers praying on the sidewalk outside know they’re making a difference.
“The response from people driving by has been very positive lately,” said Jim in Cedar Rapids, “and we’ve seen some success.”
When volunteers talk to clients about the things Planned Parenthood does in other places, they start to think about getting routine health services from somewhere other than America’s leading abortion chain.
They’re also able to give information about local pro-life resources to women who go there for pregnancy tests.
They also heard from a teenager who had an appointment to remove a contraceptive implant. “She said she would rather be abstinent and not return as a client,” Jim said. “How often do you hear that from a teen that’s used Planned Parenthood’s services for several years?”
Jim said with continued prayer, “we hope webcam (RU-486 distributed via the internet) and surgical abortions never make it to Cedar Rapids — or your community.”
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.