The words came from a Planned Parenthood manager in Iowa who was leaving work at the end of a long day and saw people outside praying.
“Don’t you people ever stop?”
One of the Council Bluffs, Iowa vigil coordinators called it a day of “driving rain and driven moms.” It was cold and wet … with lots of wind. But the prayers were unceasing.
The unspoken response to the Planned Parenthood manager’s question was, “Yes – but only when the killing of the innocent stops.”
Planned Parenthood marks its 100th anniversary tomorrow. If you haven’t yet had a chance … please listen to the 40 Days for Life podcast about the dark history of the organization and its founder, Margaret Sanger.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A 40 Days for Life vigil participant in Ann Arbor was exited – and had to share the good news.
“I just talked with a young woman who came out of Planned Parenthood,” she said. “She is ten weeks pregnant and came for an abortion. When they showed her the ultrasound she decided to keep the baby. Prayer works! May God be praised!”
On this particular morning, a group of students from Father Gabriel Richard High school had joined the vigil – students are there twice a week for a 90-minute visit. They were on hand the day this young woman chose life for her baby.
“No doubt the prayer and witness of these students and the other 40 Days for Life participants had an impact and saved this young mother from pain and regret and the baby from death,” said Sandie in Ann Arbor. “Our God is an awesome God!”
The day got off to a fantastic start with the UNITED rally in downtown Chicago, across from a large Family Planning Associates abortion facility.
The sunshine warmed up the cool autumn air as a crowd of local prayer volunteers celebrated the recent closure of another Chicago-area abortion center, where 40 Days for Life was previously held. Numerous speakers encouraged attendees to keep praying and working … to see even more abortion centers shut down.
We’ve seen abortion supporters resort to some pretty silly tactics in response to the UNITED tour, but it was particularly amusing to see a bald, bearded man in Milwaukee carrying a sign reading “keep your rosaries off my ovaries” and trying to interrupt our speakers.
More than 70 campaign participants heard from 40 Days for Life board member Tibor Baksy and Pro-Life Wisconsin state director Dan Miller, who saw hundreds of lives saved from abortion during his tenure as the 40 Days for Life leader in Milwaukee.
It was an exciting homecoming in Madison, Wisconsin … in front of the Planned Parenthood center where I used to lead the 40 Days for Life campaign.
At 6’7″, Dan Miller is the tallest speaker we’ve had on the tour. Dan was followed by the smallest –- my 9-year-old son Peter, who talked about the importance of holding vigil — even when it’s hard. A long-time friend of 40 Days for Life, Bishop Robert Morlino, closed the evening with powerful remarks on civic engagement.
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.