It’s often the conversations with passersby that make a big impression.
Nancy in Plattsburgh shared accounts of two women who recently decided to engage the prayer volunteers.
While a small group was praying outside of Planned Parenthood at the 40 Days for Life vigil, a young woman jogging down the sidewalk stopped to speak with them.
Jogger: “Are you for Planned Parenthood?”
Volunteers: “We are for life.”
Jogger: “Planned Parenthood really helps teens, you know, with preventing pregnancy.”
Volunteers: “Planned Parenthood promotes promiscuity.”
Jogger: “No, I don’t think so. (Pauses a moment to think.) Well, are you going to take all those kids in and take care of them?”
Volunteers: “Yes! Bring them to us!”
Jogger: “Well! I’ve got better things to do than that!”
And with that, off she ran – full steam ahead! The jogger knew all the talking points and didn’t seem to be on the brink of any sudden attitude changes … but who knows? There was a moment when she stopped to think. Maybe a seed was planted!
The volunteers met another woman who got quite upset with the people praying. But later, she came back to apologize.
“With tears in her eyes,” Nancy said, “she said she was forced by her mother to have an abortion at 16. She thinks of that child every day – the child who would be 42 years old this June.
She thanked the vigil participants for being there to pray. Her reaction was because of the pain she has carried for all those years.
“Please rouse yourself and care,” Nancy said. “Women are not empowered by living with the knowledge they killed their child. They are lied to and victimized by Planned Parenthood. There are alternatives.”