The 40 Days for Life vigil takes place outside Wellington Hospital, which performs more than 2,000 abortions every year.
“The hospital advises its clients to avoid us, so our sidewalk counselling efforts are thwarted before we begin,” said Clare, the local campaign leader, “so it is the public we get to share with, offering the pro-life view for consideration.”
She is amazed at the number of new people joining the vigil this year. Over a third of the participants are new to 40 Days for Life.
One woman offered encouraging words. “She related the story of her past abortions and the anger she felt at having being told her babies were nothing but a bit of mucus,” Clare said. “She hopes we get to meet and help young women in similar situations to hers.”