Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DAY 35: Does Your Hospital Do Abortions? 40 Days for Life, 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: It’s a hard question to ask ... and it can be even harder to answer.

While it’s true that most abortions in the United States take place at freestanding facilities, there are also hospitals where abortions are done.

In the newest episode of the 40 Days for Life podcast, I welcome two men who’ve successfully opposed hospitals involved with abortion – Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries and Steve Karlen, our 40 Days for Life North American campaign director.

Our discussion covers finding out if your hospital does abortions ... what difference you can make if it does ... and what convinces hospitals to stop.

In other countries, many abortions take place in hospitals. But that has not deterred the prayers – or the success – of faithful Christians in those nations.

Here are two examples:
  
Wellington, New Zealand
 
 
“Abortions are done in our public hospital,” said Clare, the 40 Days for Life leader in Wellington.
 
The women are told to use an entrance that is away from the vigil. “We have never had the opportunity to sidewalk counsel,” she said. “We do get interactions with the public though.” 
 
Volunteers held a large sign with a picture of the preborn baby and the words “I am 13 weeks.” Several passersby had comments such as “that’s wrong” and “that’s a fake picture.”
 
But one young woman approached and showed them an ultrasound image. Her baby was at 12 weeks, Clare said, “and she couldn’t get over the similarity with the one on our sign.”
 
She had been told her baby resembled a pea at this stage of pregnancy and she was toying with the idea of abortion, mainly to please her parents. But after seeing the scan, she decided to keep her baby.
 
“It seemed as if God had us there with that particular picture to confirm her decision,” Clare said. 
 
Zagreb, Croatia
 
 
The 40 Days for Life vigils in Croatia typically take place near hospitals, as that’s where most of the abortions are done.
 
Petra, one of the leaders, says there has been some negative reaction to the vigils, “but we must be in front of hospitals for women in need.” They’re aware of women who were planning to have abortions who are now having second thoughts.
 
The team is most encouraged by one group of high school girls who’ve been praying weekly at the 40 Days for Life vigils in each of the Zagreb campaigns. “They are young, nice and beautiful, and they are the pro-life generation.”
 
Petra also noted the growth of other Croatian campaigns. In Sisak, the vigil has expanded. “They are really devoted, and they raised number of people praying in front of the hospital.”
 

In Slavonski Brod, the team has added nighttime vigils. Petra is particularly impressed with Lucija, “one of our youngest volunteers, who is leading prayers when she is in front of hospitals with her parents. And she is just 10 years old!

Tags: DAY 35, Does Your Hospital Do Abortions? 40 Days for Life, 2016, Wellington, New Zealand, Zagreb, Croatia
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