Abortion promises relief … that for around $500, your worries and fears will go away with a 15-minute surgery. It is sold and encouraged by many as the “responsible” solution.
That may be the promise before an abortion. But afterwards, a woman’s face tells a very different story. That’s why it is so important that we stand vigil — before the abortion, to be a sign of hope … and after the abortion, to represent our Lord’s mercy.
Your prayerful presence outside the abortion facility before the abortion helps save lives. Your presence there after the abortion can lead women to a path of healing.
As we get ready for the last week of the campaign, here are two examples from the 40 Days for Life blog that will encourage you to be there for the women in your community … before and after their abortion.
This business is in a three-story office building located between two busy streets. Prayer volunteers are not allowed on the property, he said, “so we stand on the sidewalks outside with our signs and pray — day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year.”
Since there are many offices in the building, it’s not easy to tell who’s there for an abortion. “We almost never get to counsel anyone,” he said.
“You’d think we might give up,” he noted. “But we had a similar situation at another abortion facility down the road. It closed. Prayer works. We’ve seen it. So we aren’t quitting.”
It can get discouraging if you can’t see the fruits of your labor. “Imagine then, the joy a few of us felt when a lady came up to us a week ago to thank us for saving her from an abortion four years ago.”
He said the woman explained that she was seriously considering an abortion until she saw the prayer volunteers and their signs. That’s what stopped her. Her daughter is now 4 years old … and the light of her life.
“She said she will join our prayer,” he said. “God is good. Prayer works. And we won’t quit.”
“In Peoria, Illinois,” another volunteer told us, “my husband and I travel the hour to pray on our Monday hour.”
The first day they prayed, they saw a woman holding a hand-painted sign that said, “I made a mistake.”
Another prayer volunteer explained that this young woman made that sign after watching the people on the sidewalk praying in silent vigil.
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“The love of the volunteers reached this wounded young woman,” she wrote.
She wondered how many other young wounded women see faithful volunteers at prayer in front of abortion centers around the country and around the world.
“They may never paint a sign; but maybe, just maybe, healing begins,” she said. “Thanks for all you do for life.”
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.