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 11, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 15: Tough times in Canada
Pray for our friends in Canada. It seems the government in the province of Ontario doesn't care much for free speech.
Legislation was proposed that could create "safe access zones" around
abortion centers – a buffer zone of at least 50 meters "where activities
such as advising a person to refrain from accessing abortion services …
would be prohibited."
As it was written, the measure could have even forbidden sidewalk counselors from handing out critical life-saving information.
Fortunately, the proposal ran into a legislative roadblock that should
keep it locked up in committee. Please pray that it stays there!
40 Days for Life board chair Matt Britton just visited several campaign locations in Ontario (including Oakville, above).
Despite the hostility towards free speech and religious liberty mounting
against Christian witness on the sidewalks … he found 40 Days for Life
participants outside abortion facilities who were fervently praying for
an end to abortion in Canada.
Here's an account of some of Matt’s stops.
The Windsor 40 Days for Life vigil takes place in front of a big hospital on a busy street.
Laurie, the local leader, was especially pleased that the youth group
from the Windsor-Essex County Right to Life Association committed to an
hour of prayer on the eve of the vigil … and at the same hour throughout
She was quite concerned, though, about the buffer zone proposal.
The truth, she said, is that the only "harassment and intimidation" in
front of the hospital comes from abortion supporters who "insult us and
drop coat hangers at our feet."
Coat hangers have also been dropped outside the local right to life office.
Laurie said "it was so great to meet Matt and hear his message of hope and inspiration."
Matt described the 40 Days for Life site in London as a "tough location
on a crazy-busy corner … but about 250 yards from the hospital."
The highlight of this stop was meeting a retired doctor. Years ago, he
had delivered a family's ninth child – a baby with Down syndrome. The
family loved the baby and welcomed him
"But the medical board found out and censured him," Matt said, "and told
him that he should have aborted the baby over the will of the family."
The doctor was ordered to attend a 90-day "re-education" course.
"He told them that he would neither do nor refer for abortions," Matt
learned. "They said that he needed more re-education. He handed in his
An enthusiastic crowd attended the rally … but Matt did spot a counter-protester with a box in front of her head.
"I mentioned that we would be there for 40 days, year after year, and
that she would likely be gone in 40 minutes," he said. "She left about
25 minutes later."
Matt says he had a great meeting with the Mississauga leaders and helped lead a spirited rally at the vigil site.
The 40 Days for Life team tells of a young man who drove up next to prayer vigil participants and started blowing his horn.
"I tried to ignore him because others who have acted this way usually
just wanted to yell something nasty and then drive off," one volunteer
But the guy in the car rolled his window down and shouted, "You saved one today!"
His girlfriend had gone for an abortion … but on her way in, she had
seen the pro-life signs. She phoned him from inside the facility to say
she'd changed her mind.
Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were
in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I
do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?"
Father, help us to embrace the fact that we are our "brother’s keeper."
When, due to selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility
please call to us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our