Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 36: Fresh from Wisconsin
Dear Deacon John,
Steve Karlen, our 40 Days for Life North American outreach director,
continues to add to his “road warrior” status through five weeks of
Steve led multiple campaigns in Wisconsin, including one that helped prevent late-term abortions from happening in Madison.
I've heard Steve speak many times and know why so many have been
inspired at every one of his stops. For his part, Steve is seeing how God is using you as we sprint towards Day 40.
Here’s the latest from Steve ... starting out with a video update!
Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa
visited several locations ... including one of the most notorious
abortion centers in the United States. Click the image below to see the
When I arrived in Bloomington, I was told that the 40 Days for Life vigil sometimes has its critics. Sure enough, I experienced that firsthand as I spoke to the volunteers.
A man drove into the parking lot blaring heavy-metal music, trying to
disrupt the event. We ignored him, though, and he went away.
Earlier that day, vigil participants had spent quite a bit of time with
a client outside the abortion center. They suggested that she should
insist on seeing an ultrasound. But she said it wouldn’t make any difference – she was having an abortion.
When she went in, however, she was told she was too far along in her pregnancy to have the abortion.
She went back outside to talk with the volunteers … and ended up
hugging one of them. They are now working with her to help her get
through her pregnancy and beyond.
It was a moving and emotional scene, and one man who
had been talking with this client for several hours was crying toward
the end of my visit. It goes to show how much 40 Days for Life
participants really care about these women … and their babies!
Tom has led a great campaign in front of a Planned Parenthood referral site in Muncie. Over the last three campaigns they have not missed a single hour of vigil coverage.
The event was an exciting candlelight vigil with tea lights and lanterns … and there were 40 Days for Life signs everywhere.
One of the volunteers said a woman was coming for an abortion referral
appointment. However, after talking with the volunteers, she did not go
into Planned Parenthood. The work of Tom and his crew are proof positive
that vigils make a difference, not only at surgical abortion centers, but also at referral sites!
Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s report!
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.
Day 36 intention
We are the defenders of true freedom. May our witness unveil the deception of the “pro-choice” slogan.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
— 2 Corinthians 3:17
Norma McCorvey (the former Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade) used to work at an abortion mill named “A Choice for Women.” She now realizes what a cruel irony that title was.
She saw first hand, just as pregnancy resource center counselors see,
that women don’t get abortions because of freedom of choice, but rather
because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.
They feel trapped, abandoned, desperate and afraid, and have been led to believe that abortion is their only option.
As Frederica Mathewes-Green has written, no want wants an abortion like
she wants a Porsche or an ice cream; rather, she wants it like an
animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” That doesn’t mean
that the Spirit allows us to do whatever we want or to decide for
ourselves what’s right and wrong.
Rather, it means that the Spirit gives us the freedom to do what is
right, the power to choose what is good, when we see it before us and
yet feel pulled in the opposite direction. Liberty means that we no
longer have to feel doomed to do what we know is wrong.
We are the people of the Spirit of the Lord, and when we take action on
behalf of life, especially by being present at abortion mills, we are
acting on behalf of true freedom, and imparting to those who are in
bondage the power to do what is right.
Come, Holy Spirit. You are the Spirit of freedom, the source of all
that is good, the power to do what is right. Fill us, and fill those who
are in bondage today, feeling doomed to do what is wrong. Set them
free, and help us to hasten them on the road to freedom, where your
grace overcomes every temptation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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