Lawndale, California

It was raining when 40 Days for Life volunteers noticed a woman walking slowly towards the entrance of the building.

They asked if she had an appointment for an abortion. She said “yes” … and burst into tears.

She was pregnant with her fifth child and felt overwhelmed. She said she didn’t believe in abortion and didn’t want to do it … yet there she was. Her husband said it was solely her decision – and her burden.

The volunteer said she also had five children … and number 5 was there with her! She showered the woman with words of encouragement … gave her helpful information … and told her it was okay to get back in her car and go home.

“The woman was relieved and smiled as she reached her car,” said Laura in Lawndale. “She just needed someone to tell her that it was okay to keep the child … and that she could do it!”

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.