There is no other way to say it — abortion is an ugly business.
That’s why abortion advocates attempt to justify it by dehumanizing the baby or giving vague arguments about “choice.” This makes abortion less personal.
The abortion industry wants you to think that the termination of a human being’s life is a “simple medical procedure.”
They can’t let you know the truth — that abortion is always deadly for the baby (in fact, if the abortion doesn’t end the baby’s life, it is considered unsuccessful), and risky for the mother.
One thing you come to understand if you spend time in prayer outside of an abortion facility is that these are simply places of death.
This is a grim reality — but one that points us to recognize the need for prayer and God’s mercy.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
As people prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil outside the abortion center in Charlotte, an ambulance drove up. There were no sirens, giving the impression there wasn’t an actual emergency. Abortion facilities usually instruct ambulance drivers to keep the sirens off. But there was in fact an emergency — a woman was brought out of the building on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
A similar scenario played out at Charlotte’s other 40 Days for Life location during the last campaign. In that situation, “An ambulance took a woman to the hospital after being wheeled out of the back door of the abortion clinic curled up in a fetal position on a stretcher,” said one of the prayer volunteers.
The abortion centers try to keep these things quiet, but the 40 Days for Life team in Charlotte says it’s important to spread the word.
“We do this so more people can be aware that abortion is not safe,” said Gretchen in Charlotte. “Making abortion legal does not make abortion safe.”
ITHACA, NEW YORK
Mary Anne prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil and watched as a truck arrived. A man got out and made two trips inside the abortion center. He returned to his truck with five boxes.
The truck belongs to a hazardous waste disposal firm that serves medical facilities.
I don’t know how else to put this. The boxes the man brought to his truck most likely contained the remains of aborted babies.
“I could not shake that image of babies made in the image of God being hauled away like that off my mind,” Mary Anne said. “It gives me all the more reason to be out here praying and asking God to have mercy on us all. It was a serene day of prayer.”
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
There are, of course, signs of hope.
Two pastors helped lead prayer outside the abortion center on a Thursday — a day when normally, about 25 abortions are done. “However,” said Julie, “on this day the number was much closer to 15 or 16.”
The day before, Julie and another volunteer were just ending their prayer time when a young woman approached the building. She said she had come for a pregnancy test.
“She came out soon after and told us they wouldn’t give her one,” Julie said. “She said she would never have an abortion, although her boyfriend was abortion-minded.” The young woman was given information about pro-life pregnancy help centers.
She told the two volunteers, “I’m so glad you were here!” and gave them a hug. It made Julie realize how important it is for Christians to be outside the abortion center every day of the week, not just on abortion days.
“We must persevere in prayer,” she said, “and trust God completely.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
40 Days for Life
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