Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Sometimes, when we’re praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, we might wonder whether we’re having any effect,” said one of the Pittsburgh volunteers. “Well … we had a save today!”

During this vigil participant’s final prayer shift of the campaign, God showed in a real way what that effect is, through His love and grace.

Three volunteers were praying on the sidewalk when a young woman emerged from Planned Parenthood — alone, holding an ultrasound picture.

She walked up and said, “I went in for an abortion today, but decided not to. The people in there are not of God.”

She went on to say that she already had a little one at home. She was crying … and soon the volunteers were tearing up as well. She took information about local pregnancy resources … hugged the vigil participants … and went home.

Not long afterward, a passerby stopped to say, “Because of you being here, I learned the truth.”

“Our presence does make a difference,” the volunteer said, “even if we can’t see it all the time.”

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Written by
David Brandao, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.

  • jamie cullina

    WHEN I view and read the 40 Days for Life campaign I thank God for such caring and dedicated people beginning with the leadership committee, all the behind the scene “grunt” workers, the coverage of all the US States, the accompanying world wide pics that reinforced the solidarity of pro-life I am convinced there is reason for HOPE that abortion on demand will end, maybe not in my lifetime (I am 86)
    but much sooner than I have predicted. THANK YOU & may God Bless ALL of you.