Abortion facilities try their best to nestle into a community and go unnoticed. Sometimes, they look like ordinary buildings in an otherwise good neighborhood. Other times, however, they look like the grotesque places they really are.
Their dark and sterile existence is even more reason for you to be there … for those who feel they have no other choice than to walk inside.
A vigil participant in Chicago sent in a picture of the abortion facility there, along with a note: “If you were a woman going for ‘women’s healthcare,’ would you go into a place with ugly gray plastic sheets hanging on a cyclone fence?”
The sheet-covered fence surrounds the parking lot next to the building. “It’s very scary and very, very sketchy looking,” said the volunteer.
Victor, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Chicago, sent word that several babies have already been saved from abortion during this campaign. “Thank you for all that you do to build a culture of life,” he said.
Just a few days ago, an abortion worker came out to tell the prayer volunteers they had to remove their signs from the sidewalk. Heather, the 40 Days for Life leader in Austin, thinks it’s one sign in particular they don’t like: “Ask me about free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds.”
The volunteers were ready for such a ridiculous claim, so they produced a letter signed by the police chief, stating that signs could legally be used at the vigil. The abortion worker said that didn’t matter, because “the state is overriding the city on this one.” That, of course, wasn’t accurate.
“This tells me two things,” Heather said. “One, the abortion facility is obviously behind this; how would the worker know about this supposed new sign ordinance otherwise? And two, our signs must be turning away a ton of business at the abortion facility for them to go this far!”
She added that their attorney friends are keeping on top of this so the volunteers’ rights are protected.
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
The 40 Days for Life vigil is held outside an abortion center on a busy highway just outside Atlantic City. “We are reaching thousands of cars a day,” said Ethel, the local leader, “which is probably the best free advertising ever … we get so much positive response.”
40 Days for Life is gathering momentum in the Atlantic City area, as more churches get involved. “Our church has amazed me,” she said, “with 8 to 10 people just from my church out there. My pastor at New Life Assembly said it’s about time we are joining the ranks!”
As the growth continues, Ethel said she knows in time there will be even more “of the Light of God to expose the darkness.”