Wednesday, March 18, 2015

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 29: Ambulances ... part 2

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
Abortion is not safe for the baby ... or the woman. We saw that earlier in the campaign when we told you about an ambulance that was called to the abortion facility in Pensacola, Florida. Since then, the list of ambulance calls has continued to grow.

I can’t remember this many ambulance reports during a 40 Days for Life campaign. Vigil participants have seen ambulances arrive at Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Pomona, California; St. Louis, Missouri and Houston, Texas ... and there have been two ambulances seen at the abortion facility in Adelaide, Australia.
In Houston, 40 Days for Life volunteers say this is the sixth ambulance visit since January at the Planned Parenthood mega-center. In St. Louis, 28 ambulances have been seen at Planned Parenthood since 2009.

“Despite Planned Parenthood’s very vocal and public assertion that in-clinic abortion procedures are very safe, we continue to witness and receive reports of ambulance sightings,” said Brian Westbrook, the director of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, which conducts the 40 Days for Life vigil there.

“Two ambulances in four business days,” said Alan in Adelaide. “My gosh! And they say abortion is safe for women.”

Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses don’t want you to know about this. When they place an emergency call, the abortion center staff will often ask the medical team to arrive at a back door ... and to keep their lights and sirens off.
Back door or not, ambulances are hard to hide. And they seem to be coming more often. Please pray for the women who were injured by abortion.

Helena, Montana
The Helena team “enjoyed uncommonly warm weather” for their recent 40 Days for Life rally – an opportunity for the local team to thank volunteers … and listen to stories about the ways people have been blessed.
One couple, for instance, shared their story of how their daughter introduced them to the peaceful, prayerful 40 Days for Life campaigns. Another man told of a woman who was encouraged to abort her eighth child because of complications … in 1932. The woman was his mom … and he was that baby!
Chester County, Pennsylvania
“This is our 16th 40 Days for Life Campaign,” said Paulette, the local leader in Chester County, “and we never know when a change of heart will take place.”
They have experienced the blessing of women rejecting abortion and choosing life, and have been able to help women who’ve had abortion seek healing.
There was even a woman who was arriving at Planned Parenthood for a job interview … but she walked away after seeing the volunteers’ “pray to end abortion” sign.
“God continually works in mysterious ways,” Paulette said.
Today’s devotional is from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Day 29 intention

We pray for the grace to be strong when others ridicule or oppose us.


Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

—Luke 14:27

Reflection by Fr. Frank Pavone

To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

We experience this, in particular, when we are out on the streets, where people are not expecting the pro-life message and where they did not go to hear it. We must remember to never take the opposition personally.

When people ridicule or yell at us, we might get a guilty feeling or be tempted to think we did something wrong. We did not.

The insults are not being hurled at us personally, but rather at the truth of what we are standing for, and at the demands of the moral law.

There are many who are trying to run away from those demands, or who have managed to tuck the abortion problem away into a distant corner of their minds where it can no longer disturb them.

By standing publicly for the cause of life, we have short-circuited that denial and frustrated those efforts to ignore the issue. Therefore, some will be angry, perhaps not fully realizing why.


Lord, thank you for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me.

During this 40-day campaign, may your peace fill my soul, especially when I may endure the opposition of others, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son. Amen.

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For life,
 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life