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.
Friday, October 6, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 10: “40 Days for Life saved my baby”
Stories like today's are why you pray!
Those words – "40 Days for Life saved my baby" – are at the top of a
Facebook post … written by a young woman who had gone to Planned
Parenthood in Waco, Texas for an abortion.
"When I got there," she wrote, "I saw people standing and praying." When
she went inside, "I was told I had to pay for an ultrasound and I
didn't have any money."
With that, the young woman left Planned Parenthood – in tears.
"That's when a man on the sidewalk asked me to come talk to him and to
pray," she said. "He was so nice and introduced me to a nurse from
CareNet. I didn't have a ride and the nurse offered to take me to
CareNet to get an ultrasound and to talk about my decision."
That ultrasound was literally a life-saver. "When they did my ultrasound, my baby was dancing!" she said.
"I am so happy that I get to have my baby and build a life for us," the
young woman added. "Thank you to the people on the sidewalk in the 40
Days for Life shirts and signs. You saved my baby!"
Jummai and the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Riyom are conducting their
campaign in one of the more challenging environments faced by a local
Pro-life activities are totally new in Riyom. Abortion is illegal, but
nonetheless available. Pregnancy outside of marriage is seen as an
abomination, Jummai said, "and the stigma – the shame faced by parents –
has left them with no choice than to encourage their daughters to go
The opening rally in Riyom featured testimony from young women who
rejected abortion – and were then rejected by their parents. Still, they
did not regret choosing life for their babies.
This 40 Days for Life campaign has a particular focus on young people.
"The youth are worst hit by the crisis," Jummai said, but there is hope
in the churches. "It is my fervent prayer that at least five churches
will set up committees to address pro-life issues."
Spring Valley, New York
"All throughout the day, people come and go, praying, fasting and
witnessing with love so that God's message is heard," said Eileen in
The volunteers often hear that message reflected back to them through the people they meet on the sidewalk.
A woman stopped by the 40 Days for Life vigil to share her story with
the people praying. "She was told to abort her baby because the child
would be born with Down syndrome," Eileen said.
But she rejected abortion, telling the volunteers, "This child is the light of my life! Thank you for what you are doing!"
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
— Psalm 82:4
Father, may you empower the hundreds today who are serving in our
pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls, providing
ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love and