Wednesday, February 28, 2018

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 15: "How come I don't have a say?"


Dear Deacon John,
Far too often, when women need real men ... they only get cowards.
Some men will try to wash their hands from responsibility, once they hear a baby is in the mix. That was heard loud and clear from an unborn child's father, in the midst of a rant outside an abortion facility:
"How come I don't have a say in this?"
The only "choice" he wanted to hear about was abortion.
The abortion industry claims to be all about "choice," but the reality is that many women are pressured into having an abortion ... and often go through with it because they feel they had no choice.
But thankfully, mothers in this situation find can the courage – often with the support of the volunteers at 40 Days for Life vigils outside the abortion centers – to reject abortion.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

As 40 Days for Life volunteers in Ann Arbor prayed, a man and woman walked into Planned Parenthood.
They came out a short time later ... and began to yell angrily at each other. "We prayed for them even more," said one vigil participant, as the couple ended their argument and went back inside.
After 30 minutes or so, the man came back out. "He was on the phone screaming and swearing at the top of his lungs, kicking the air, jumping."
"How come I don't have a say in this?" he screamed. "I'm only 18! I can't believe she's keeping it! She shouldn't get to make that choice for me too!"
A volunteer offered to help, but the young man got into his car and began crying and pounding the steering wheel before driving away.
Almost lost in this display was the news that the young woman who had gone to Planned Parenthood wants to spare her child from abortion. Please keep her – and her situation – in your prayers.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of three 40 Days for Life vigils in Philadelphia is at a Planned Parenthood facility in the northeastern section of the metro area.
Volunteers there met a young woman who accepted their pro-life literature as she was driving away.
She was nine weeks pregnant, she explained, and had come to Planned Parenthood for an ultrasound. But they would not offer her one.
"She does not want to go through with the abortion," a vigil participant reported, "but feels pressured because of the guy she is with right now."
She promised to contact a pregnancy help center the volunteer suggested. "Please pray for this sweet woman that she chooses life."
Now 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?"
Genesis 4:8-9
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 "brother."

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For life,
Shawn Carney
President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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