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.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 14: You're bad for business
There is no other way to say it — your prayerful presence at a 40 Days for Life vigil is bad for the abortion business.
Abortion is, after all, a business. A dirty and shady business.
No doctor grows up wanting to be the best abortionist in the country.
It’s never the plan. Something went wrong ... and many times, due to
medical malpractice or personal misconduct, abortionists need cash.
Former Planned Parenthood workers say as many as 75 percent of their
clients don't show up for abortion appointments when people are outside
Fewer paying customers will mean more abortion centers going out of
business ... and that's the topic of this week’s 40 Days for Life
podcast -- abortion center closures:
It's because 40 Days for Life vigils cost them money that abortion
workers sometimes react in anger to the mere presence of people praying
on the sidewalk.
Here's what I mean.
Santa Maria, California
When about 100 people attended a 40 Days for Life rally at the vigil
site, they had their event interrupted when the abortion center director
arrived in a big SUV – and wanted to park along the street next to the
very spot the rally was taking place.
The local team calmly cleared an area so the SUV could pull in. But a
man who was traveling with the director jumped out angrily and
confronted a priest who’d come to lead prayer at the rally.
The priest kept his cool and let the man have his say. When he was
finished, the man then followed the director into the building.
When it came to the priest's turn to speak, he asked the crowd to pray
for the angry man, the director – and anyone else who would ride in that
Later, the man and the director left the building – and the 40 Days for
Life team noted a very different attitude, with the formerly angry man
even thanking one of the volunteers for clearing the way.
Little Rock, Arkansas
At the 40 Days for Life vigil in Little Rock, the abortion center staff
has been known to turn the sprinklers on – trying to soak participants.
The idea is to keep the prayer volunteers away from the sidewalk.
One day during the campaign, a landscaper had parked across the street
to do some work. He approached the security guard and asked him to turn
off the sprinklers. Not only was his truck getting wet, but he also said
it was a traffic hazard.
The guard became hostile and started cursing, so the landscaper called
the police. It’s worth noting that the landscaper is a former police
Five officers in three patrol cars soon arrived to take a report … and
one of the prayer volunteers added information about the sprinklers.
"We have not had any luck getting them stopped," said Mary in Little
Rock. But maybe with a former office filing a complaint, "we will see!"
all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be
put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has
— Ephesians 4:31-32
Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked
lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of
those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out