When a 40 Days for Life vigil is just getting started, abortion workers first consider you a religious zealot, then a radical. As time goes on, you’re seen as someone who simply has nothing better to do with your time.
But toward the end of the campaign, you become a question for them. The stereotypes wear off and the abortion center staffers see you as a human being … and they ask themselves the question, “What good do I really do here?”
We are now at that point.
During this campaign, we’ve had reports of three abortion center employees who have left their jobs — and a few others are thinking about it. In the majority of these cases, the stories will remain confidential.
When former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson experienced a conversion, quit her job and walked into my office at the Coalition for Life next door, she lost not just an income but close personal friends. These workers will experience the same. So please keep them in your prayers as they transition out of the abortion business and find hope and healing.
THE VISITOR’S WIFE
At one 40 Days for Life vigil, a man walked up to the prayer volunteers with a request. “My wife works in there,” he said, pointing towards the abortion center.
“I am against abortion and I’m trying hard to convince her to quit,” he said. “Would you pray with me to get her out of there?” Of course, the vigil participants did just that.
Another volunteer reports that an abortion center employee stopped on her way in and struck up a conversation, asking — very sincerely — why there were people outside praying. She listened intently, took some pro-life information from the volunteer, and promised to study it.
The leaders at one 40 Days for Life location have been watching as employees come and go, and the turnover has been noteworthy. Over the past few years, more than 20 people have quit and been replaced. The local 40 Days for Life team is not sure if all of these people have changed their minds about abortion, but it’s certainly clear that this facility has a hard time retaining staff.
THE ABORTION CENTER EMPLOYEE
At another 40 Days for Life location, there’s been a very clear change of heart. There was an employee who would come out of the office — and criticize prayer volunteers for harassing women entering the building.
One day, however, there seemed to be something different. The employee appeared upset, and said they really didn’t want to be there, but needed the job.
A volunteer briefly told of how Abby Johnson had left Planned Parenthood — and wrote about her experiences in a book called “Unplanned.” The worker grabbed a smart phone. Volunteers think it may have been to Google “Abby Johnson” right there on the spot.
Several days later, one of the vigil participants saw this employee while out shopping – and the employee said the people praying were not really harassing women. This worker hasn’t been seen at the abortion center since then.
THE ABORTIONIST’S WIFE
The wife of the abortionist will speak to vigil participants from time to time outside the abortion center. One day recently, she stopped at the end of the driveway to tell two volunteers there would not be any abortions that day.
As she began to pull into the street, she stopped again and said, “Thank you for your prayers!”
“We both just stood there for a moment as she drove away and said to each other, ‘Did she just thank us for our prayers?’” said one volunteer. “Needless to say, we will continue to pray even harder.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
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