Abortion Services at 200 East Eckerson Road in New City, N.Y., was one of more than 50 clinics across the nation where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils were conducted this spring. "My family and I visited that particular clinic vigil on a snowy night earlier this year," said Bereit. "My wife and children were photographed alongside a young man who carried a sign reading, 'Nothing is impossible with God.' That is certainly the case here. The prayerful efforts of many pro-lifers over the years have won this victory. We are humbled to know that people participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign may have played a role in the peaceful closure of this abortion center."
Bereit said there are also reports that two Planned Parenthood locations where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils were held have stopped performing abortions. One is in Lincoln, Nebraska and the other is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In both cases the cessation of abortions was unexpected. "40 Days for Life leaders in both cities are unsure of the reason," said Bereit, "but they suspect it is because no abortionist is available since both facilities previously shared the same abortionist. We also know that in Lincoln, at least one mother decided against abortion after learning Planned Parenthood was no longer providing them. She took that as a sign from God that her baby was meant to live."
In addition, local 40 Days for Life leaders are reporting that a number of children saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns have now been born. "In just the past few days, we've heard from 40 Days for Life groups in Greenville, South Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island and Sacramento, California," said Bereit.
"The births of these children are among the most awesome blessings people have witnessed because of the prayerful outreach of 40 Days for Life. As we talk with more people around the country, we're confident we will hear more such stories of God's action in our midst."
40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that features 40 days of prayer and fasting, constant peaceful vigil outside an abortion facility and intense public outreach. Plans are now under way for another round of concurrent 40 Days for Life campaigns this fall. These events will be conducted from September 24 through November 2.
For more information, go to http://www.40daysforlife.com
In Infovitae 841 - Terça-feira 29 de Abril de 2008
Nos Estados Unidos são 50 as clínicas do aborto; em Portugal, apenas 2: a clínica dos Arcos em Lisboa e a clínica de Oiã, no concelho de Oliveira do Bairro, distrito de Aveiro. Será o povo português suficientemente persistente na sua oração à porta das clínicas para que estas - como sucedeu nos EUA - se vejam forçadas a encerrar portas ou mudar de "ramo" de negócio?
Em Lisboa, a clínica dos Arcos já deu sinais de começar a "diversificar" a sua actividade - o que pode ser um sinal da eficácia da "má publicidade" resultante de várias acções (e orações) realizadas à sua porta, todos os dias e (pelo menos) uma noite em cada mês.
Há que perseverar nas Veladas, na Casa de N.S.rª da Nazaré, mantendo o cerco... e os Cercos de Jericó!