QUESTION: When can you tell Planned Parenthood is getting desperate?
ANSWER: When you see them launch a “pledge-a-picket” campaign.
This is one of the abortion chain’s typical reactions to your dedication and faith throughout the campaign. It often shows up towards the end of the 40 days.
It has one goal — to discourage YOU.
They start putting up signs and sending out e-mails, asking supporters to pledge a donation for each “picketer” or “protester” who shows up (that’s what they call the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers).
They then say the pro-lifers are HELPING Planned Parenthood raise money — but that’s just to convince you to go home.
The bottom line is that it’s confirmation from them that business is off. In many cases, these attempts only last a few days, as they don’t have the grassroots dedication to match your peaceful presence.
If this has happened in your community, take it as a compliment … and continue to pray.
Planned Parenthood in Missouri sent out one of the e-mail messages I just mentioned. “You have seen them out in front of Planned Parenthood,” reads the e-mail.
“Protesters harassing and intimidating patients. Protesters trying to keep patients from accessing the health care services they need and deserve… But, Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere!”
The e-mail went on to talk about volunteer escorts who “provide a safe passage for patients and protect them from the verbal insults.”
“For the record,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Columbia, “we are being very nice to the clients, workers and escorts. This is propaganda! I cannot figure out who Planned Parenthood is talking about.”
It seems they only put the sign out when the weather is nice. “It has been windy and rainy the last couple of days. However our signs are out no matter the weather.”
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
It was warm when the 40 Days for Life team in Sioux Falls took these pictures — but it didn’t stay that way long.
Karen wrote, “It was so cold at Planned Parenthood this morning at 9:00. It was about 28 degrees. There was no one there but me, so I was feeling a little alone.”
There wasn’t a single car in the parking lot. “I was thinking that I could have just stayed home and stayed warm. Then the sun shone on my face.”
It was as if God had said, “I will warm you up.”
“As I was wishing someone from my church would show up to pray with me, my pastor called to thank me for being there, even though he had a meeting and couldn’t come today. That also warmed me up.”
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Joanne brought a friend to the 40 Days for Life vigil who was attending for the first time. She stood by the abortion center’s driveway with a sign that said, “Change your mind — adoption.”
Near the other end of the building, Cathy had brought her daughter for the first time.
A young woman drove up, got out of her car and walked up to Joanne. “Five years ago, I changed my mind,” she said, “because of people standing here.” She then showed Joanne a photo of her daughter.
“I remember the woman who talked with me that morning,” she said — and then she noticed Cathy, who was praying nearby.
“That’s her!” the young woman exclaimed, and ran over to Cathy and her daughter. And she showed her child’s picture to the woman whom God had sent to help her, just when she needed it the most.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional:
40 Days for Life
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