Sunday, February 14, 2016

DAY 5: Ignoring Science - and God - 40 Days for Life - 2016


Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: To honestly defend abortion, you must both deny science ... and ignore God.

This is why the abortion industry uses vague talking points and generic slogans.

In an effort to justify the unjustifiable, abortion advocates will often cite God – or try to use religion to justify their actions.

It’s happening on opposite sides of the earth – in England and Australia. But the message is anything but original. It’s just the familiar talking points of Planned Parenthood in the US.

In England, “Christians for Choice” was founded “in response to anti-choice 40 Days for Life tactics of harassment and intimidation.” They went on to call the peaceful prayer vigils “a campaign of coercion.”

In Australia, “40 Days of Love” said it was present outside the abortion center in Perth because “women should not be made to feel ashamed of their choices and everyone had a right to privacy.”

Thankfully, a campaign volunteer told reporters what’s really happening at a 40 Days for Life vigil. “We are just praying for the conversion of hearts and spirits that people might change their mind about having an abortion.”

That is a great response, because scientific facts alone are no good ... unless we are willing to pray to the God of Love, who can change any heart in an often confused world.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
 
 
The message to local 40 Days for Life participants was a somber one: “Tuscaloosa is the abortion capital of Alabama.”
 
That, in a single sentence, is why the prayerful vigil is so desperately needed in this city, which is also the home of the University of Alabama.
 
The local leaders did their homework, consulting state records to learn the extent of the challenge they face. The Tuscaloosa abortion facility, West Alabama Women’s Center, did more than half of all abortions in Alabama in 2014. They learned that each year, more babies are aborted in Tuscaloosa County than are born alive.
 
“Last week,” said one of the Tuscaloosa volunteers, “the West Alabama Women's Center was so busy that there was standing room only inside. I spoke to some of the people who drove the clients to the clinic. Some of them were visibly upset because there were so many women inside.”
 
And so they pray.
 
Pensacola, Florida
 
 
As a couple arrived at the abortion center, a 40 Days for Life volunteer engaged them in conversation.
 
The husband said they were from outside the area, and his wife’s ob/gyn recommended abortion. She has a chronic condition that becomes difficult to manage when she is pregnant – and she’d just had a very difficult pregnancy.
 
The volunteer listened … and suggested a second opinion. And he knew just the doctor to refer them to. The man said they had the best doctors in the world, so that was that.
 
As they continued to talk, the vigil participant began to grasp the emotion of the situation. This man was afraid of losing his wife. But, the volunteer said, “Just give me 24 hours.”
 
The husband said he could not take another day away from his work and that they had to just do it – that he’d prayed about it and it seemed the right thing to do. The conversation ended, and they left.
 
About 15 minutes later, the vigil participant received a phone call – it was the husband. “I cannot do it,” he said. “I knew it was the wrong thing to do ... we need your help.” The man asked the volunteer to call him later, which he promised to do.
 
“Please pray for this couple as we connect them with the help they need,” he said.

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