05 Oct One Life Saved, Two Lives Changed
It was Tuesday—the day the Planned Parenthood clinic across the street from our office performs abortions. There were several prayer warriors on the sidewalk in front of the clinic, part of the Right to Life League’s 40 Days for Life campaign.
But when the young woman burst out of the clinic and approached one of those prayer warriors, it was unexpected.
Many Planned Parenthood clients had paused to speak with the 40 Days volunteers, and accepted a card bearing a pregnancy help-line number, on their way in to their appointments. But this client was on her way out—and as she neared our volunteer, she burst into tears.
“I want to keep my baby,” she cried.
“There is so much help available for you,” our volunteer promptly responded. “What do you need? Could you use baby clothes, or do you need help with your rent?”
“No,” the young woman said thoughtfully, tears still streaming down her face. “I’m good. Everything’s going to be okay.”
The pair conversed a short while longer, and as she was leaving, the expectant mother said to our volunteer, “You must be an angel.”
Our volunteer nearly laughed, thinking to herself, “I’m not the angel!”
It was, in fact, the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. And it was Michael that our volunteer had turned to in prayer as she stood in the scorching Pasadena sun outside the clinic.
This isn’t the first 40 Days for Life campaign the Right to Life League has participated in, but it is the first one our new Program Director, Paula Grimm, has spearheaded.
“Enthusiasm for this campaign is really strong. Volunteers from previous campaigns have approached me to cover daily 2 hour time slots! Some have been praying here since 1990. They’re grateful to the League for organizing a strong campaign,” Paula says.
“But, of course, we always welcome new volunteers!”
The schedule for prayer vigil is particularly open weekends and weekday afternoons, she points out. So if you have an hour to spare, you are invited to join us the League’s prayer warriors.
Amid the pandemic, volunteers are being conscientious about wearing masks and social distancing. A group of Knights of Columbus even broadcasts their sidewalk rosary to fellow Knights who are unable, due to age and health, to join them in person.
“I’m inspired by the passion and dedication of our volunteers,” Paula says. “They are at their posts at all hours of the day, planting those seeds.
“Their presence alone provides a lifeline, a reassurance, to women who are afraid of what the future might hold. We know this particular young woman chose life for her baby—but we don’t know how far the ripples of our volunteers’ prayerful presence will carry, and how many more lives they will impact for the good!”
Become a Sidewalk Counselor
Would you like to learn how to peacefully and effectively help women and men in unplanned/crisis pregnancies choose life at your local abortion facility?
On Oct. 8 and 9, Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy program that teaches you how to reach a woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life!
- 5-hour training DVD + training workbook
- In-person training with Catherine Contreras
Seating is limited due to COVID restrictions. Additional trainings will be scheduled according to demand. Click here for more information and to register.