COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
A tall man and a visibly pregnant woman walked up to the abortion center, only to find the door was locked.
“It’s closed,” said a 40 Days for Life vigil participant, “but I have information on free pregnancy help.”
The woman took information on fetal development, but the couple walked around to the back of the building to try another door. It, too, was locked. So they sat on the steps and looked through the brochure they were given.
Eventually, the building opened, and the couple went in.
Two hours later, they came out — to get more information. “Can I ask you a personal question?” the volunteer said to the woman. “Were you thinking about getting an abortion?”
“Yes, I was thinking about it. But now I’m not going to get one,” she answered.
What changed her mind? “That booklet,” she said. “I didn’t know the baby looked like that and was that size.”
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
There are many, many situations where your prayers are still needed.
40 Days for Life volunteers were able to speak to a woman who had arrived for an RU-486 abortion.
“She sat in her car quite a while, counting money,” said Betty in Manchester, “but it was obvious she was reluctant to go in.”
After speaking to her for a while, Betty invited her to visit a pregnancy resource center for an ultrasound. This woman is eight weeks pregnant and she has two children. Her husband is insisting on an abortion that she does not want.
“She cried all night and begged God to give her a sign,” Betty said. “When she saw pro-lifers praying, she knew that was His reply. Please pray that her husband has a change of heart.”
DAY 10: “We didn’t give up”
GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS
A young woman got out of a car that had a Christian fish pin on it … determined to keep her abortion appointment at the facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place.
A counselor tried to talk to her, but she just offered a crude gesture, hissed at the prayer volunteers and walked in.
“We didn’t give up,” said Angela, the local 40 Days for life coordinator. “We kept praying.”
An hour later, she came out to smoke a cigarette and saw members of a Bound 4 Life youth group who were praying at the vigil.
“What are they doing?” the young woman asked.
Angela answered, “They are praying for your baby.” The young woman flipped her cigarette towards Angela and went back inside.
Another hour passed — another hour of constant prayer, particularly for this young women.
She then came out again and literally ran — weeping — into the arms of the youth group members.
“Thank you for being here!” she cried.
“I didn’t do it!”
Then the full story came out. Her father was pressuring her to abort — even though, she said, he claimed to be a Christian. Her mother said she would not help raise another baby as she already had a 3-year-old at home.
The young woman feared her father would put her and her child out on the streets for not going through with the abortion.
“We told her of our resources and how we could help her to find shelter and get back on her feet,” Angela said. “She hugged us again and thanked the group for being there.”
NORTH SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Two people were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil when they were politely interrupted by a woman who wanted to give them cookies — cookies that her daughter was selling for her scout group.
“I know you probably think you can’t make a difference, just standing on a street corner praying about abortion,” she said, “but I’m here to tell you, you can!”
Ten years ago, the woman had an abortion scheduled. But when she arrived, “two people just like you were praying quietly on the street corner outside. Because of them, I didn’t go through with it. Today I have a beautiful daughter who’s alive because of those people who chose to pray.”
DAY 6: 35 saved already!
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Orange County were caught by surprise as the doors of the abortion center flew open and a frightened young woman literally ran out as fast as she could — barefoot!
A young man came out looking for her. The barefoot runner was his girlfriend, and she was there for an abortion.
Eventually, she was found nearby, and vigil participants offered to get her something to eat. When they sat down to their meal, the young woman told her story.
She was six months pregnant and was already on the table at the abortion center. She had an IV and was in the process of being sedated. But she was still alert enough to realize …
.. she simply couldn’t go through with it.
“God’s grace poured into her heart,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers. The young woman found the strength and courage to remove the needle from her arm, to quickly get dressed (except for her shoes!) and run out to safety.
Keep up the great work, 40 Days for Life!