Mother Pre-Pays $1,575 for 21-Week Abortion, Pro-Life Prayer Warriors Change Her Mind

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2013   |   10:26AM   |   Washington, DC

Late-term abortion received a fair amount of US media attention earlier this year — coverage centered around the brutal practices and murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell was convicted of murder. But the ugly practice of late-term abortion continues. And one Texas mom is very thankful for the volunteers who were outside praying when she recently went in for her $1,575 late-term abortion.

Praise God for happy endings like this one.


The 40 Days for Life team in Dallas reported hopeful news from their vigil.

Counselors talked to a woman at the abortion center who was 21 weeks pregnant. On her way out of the building, she told the volunteers, “Your prayers saved my baby. I saw you all praying and it touched my heart.”

A bit later, she came back to pick up her $1,575 refund – the cost of an abortion at 21 weeks.

Earlier that day, another woman had arrived for an abortion. But after being inside the abortion center for a while — and basically ignored by the staff — she left and spoke to prayer volunteers.

She said the employees left her in a room, alone. She told one staff member she was sick, but no one came to help. So she just walked out.

Volunteers gave her information about the pro-life pregnancy center. She didn’t go there right away, as was hoped, but she did leave without having an abortion.


Glen Ellyn is about 25 miles from downtown Chicago. “We pray in front of a privately owned abortion facility which is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays,” said Ava, the Glen Ellyn coordinator. “But since we’ve been praying out there, it has been closed on Saturdays!”



Members of more than 30 faith communities are joining in the prayer vigil. Ava said people walking by often pause and offer a word of encouragement – some even remain for a while and pray.

“Vehicles stopped by with people traveling from North Carolina and Pennsylvania who were curious to know what we’re doing,” Ava said. Once they found out, they said they would look for ways to take part when they returned home. “God’s grace is definitely evident in this prayer campaign!” Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.