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.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
40 Days For Life: DAY 16: Abortion chops down a family tree
Dear Deacon John,
We have many, many stories of saved babies to report ... but can't get them all in one email!
So we've just recorded an episode of the 40 Days for Life podcast to share some of the beautiful reports of saved babies. Listen here:
Meanwhile ... a man who visited the 40 Days for Life vigil in San Luis Obispo, California gave the team there something to think about.
San Luis Obispo, California
A man stopped at the vigil in front of Planned Parenthood and shared his story with the volunteers. He was adopted as a baby ... all he knew was that for some reason, his birth mother was not able to raise him.
The man is now the father of 5 ... and grandfather of 16.
"He was happy to pray with us," said Teresa in San Luis Obispo, "thanking God for his bountiful family tree, made possible because a woman in crisis found the help she needed in a community of love."
Abortion's impact is not just the child who's aborted, but "the generations that were to come that will never be ... abortion chops down a family tree."
Teresa added that "two more family trees sprouted" later that same day ... two mothers rejected abortion and chose life for their babies.
"For the times we have been outside the Marie Stopes headquarters," said Japeth in Nairobi, "their operations have stalled."
As the local 40 Days for Life coordinator, Japeth is encouraged by the growth of the Nairobi campaign.
"The number of people attending the prayers has been increasing consistently. The mood and the support we are getting from the residents of the city is really amazing."
Their objective is a bold one: to instill a pro-life mentality in the entire city.
Japeth tells of a young couple that was about to enter Marie Stopes ... but they turned around and left "after noticing the crowd and the intensity of our prayers."
Guatemala City, Guatemala
"Two babies saved so far!" said one of the 40 Days for Life team members in Guatemala City.
In addition, six women who'd had abortions have approached the volunteers seeking information about post-abortion healing. So already, this first 40 Days for Life effort in Guatemala's capital city is having a positive impact.
The vigil has the support of Bishop Victor Hugo Palma of the Catholic Diocese of Escuintla, who has endorsed 40 Days for Life and encouraged people in his diocese to participate.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Father, hear our prayer! Snatch desperate mothers from the fire. Bring them out of our abortion businesses and into our pregnancy help centers. Deliver them from evil. Use us to help them chose life and see your hand of provision.