Saturday, October 19, 2013

DAY 25: Getting Soaked Didn't Stop Them - 40 Days For Life

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director, picked one of the rainiest weeks of the year for visiting the Mid-Atlantic states. But rain is just part of the 40 Days for Life experience. Here is another report from Steve, who met some very dedicated people — rain or shine!

Lancaster Pennsylvania: I arrived in Lancaster just as the rain was ending. But the lousy weather didn't stop the vigil.  "Those who stood the vigil mid-day were particularly impacted," said Bob, the local coordinator, "as heavy rains overflowed the gutters along South Lime Street and passing cars splashed the three volunteers who prayed as they struggled to control their umbrellas in the gusty winds."  Thankfully, by the time I arrived on the sidewalk outside the abortion center, the rain stopped and the sky began to clear. 

Washington, D.C.: The vigil in Washington is in front of a large Planned Parenthood abortion center that's not too far from the White House. I had a chance to talk with Libby, the local campaign director; Brett, who led previous campaigns in Washington; and three students from Catholic University of America.   While we were there, Libby spoke to a woman who was on her way into Planned Parenthood.  The woman was told she needed an abortion because she was paralyzed from the waist down. Libby has a medical background and said it wasn't true; the birth would actually be less painful due to the paralysis. She made an admirable effort, but it did not succeed. 

Alexandria, Virginia:  In Alexandria, there's a vigil taking place outside an apartment building -- the abortion facility is inside.  One of the residents only became aware of the clinic through the 40 Days for Life effort. She is now a dedicated prayer participant and even lets the local team store vigil supplies at her home. This campaign has seen a lot of support from the community, with many encouraging horn honks and positive gestures. 

Falls Church, Virginia:  Thanks to Laura, the local campaign director, for this photo of the Falls Church vigil. There was a small group there when I arrived, but they were dedicated to praying for an end to abortion and they were eager to find out more about 40 Days for Life around the nation and around the world.  It's very inspiring to meet so many faithful people in all these cities, all joining together to pray for an end to abortion. A powerful experience! 

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