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.
Monday, March 27, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 27: No emotional attachments, please
So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we’ve learned of …
… 251 babies (that we know of) whose mothers turned around at the last minute and chose life!
We have a story today about a Planned Parenthood location that would not tell a mother who was 17 weeks along whether she was having a boy or a girl.
They’ll do anything they can to dehumanize the child in the womb. Any
suggestion that there’s a real person there is to be avoided at all
Here’s an example.
Manhattan, New York
The 40 Days for Life volunteers in Manhattan learned that a couple had scheduled an abortion at Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood staff told this young woman she was 17 weeks
pregnant – but they wouldn’t tell her the baby’s gender. “They said it
may make her emotionally attached to the baby,” said Ingrid, the 40 Days
for Life coordinator. “Unbelievable.”
One of the sidewalk counselors was able to speak to the couple, and they
agreed to go see the Sisters of Life. “They weren’t sure what to
expect,” Ingrid said, “but she was happy to see them and told them that
she was choosing life.”
Bishop Peter Byrne and members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
took time to pray at the vigil. They were especially encouraged by a man
who passed by and called out, “Stay strong!”
Another man stopped on his bike to tell vigil participants that his dad
was a drug dealer and his mother wanted to have an abortion, but she
chose life. “Thank you!” he said. “You are fighting for me!”
Altamonte Springs, Florida
“Thanks be to God!” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members in
Altamonte Springs, one of three vigil sites in the Orlando area.
When they arrived at the abortion center, a young couple seemed
determined to have an abortion. Nevertheless, they accepted an offer of a
free ultrasound at Life Choices, the life-affirming pregnancy help
center right next door.
“They were still sure abortion was the right step,” the 40 Days for Life
volunteer said. “But when they saw their sweet baby’s image, though,
they couldn't go through with it. God is good – and your prayers are
There are two 40 Days for Life vigils in Philadelphia … and each site
got some encouraging news about abortion center clients who were
redirected to life-affirming resources.
A prayer volunteer spoke with a young woman at one of the abortion
facilities. She had gone there to set up a pregnancy test. But when she
went inside to talk to the abortion center’s staff, she was told they
only help people who would want an abortion if the test is positive.
“When I called the pregnancy help center,” the team member said, “they
were thrilled to contact her and set her up with an appointment.”
At the other Philadelphia vigil, one of the volunteers was able to speak
to a young woman and direct her away from the abortion facility. She,
too, ended up at the pregnancy help center. Both the help center’s staff
and the young woman have confirmed that she has chosen life for her
this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the
form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made
Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming
in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He
humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the
death of the cross.
— Philippians 2:5-8
O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us humbly and
diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the
disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose
lives are threatened. Let us remember the old adage that “He can never
lead who has not first learned to obey.” And, Lord, grant us a peaceful
heart as we labor in your name.