40 Days for Life credited with a number of “amazing saves”

Orange County, California

Prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Orange County were caught by surprise as the doors of the abortion center flew open and a frightened young woman literally ran out as fast as she could … barefoot!

A young man came out looking for her. The barefoot runner was his girlfriend, and she was there for an abortion.

Eventually, she was found nearby, and vigil participants offered to get her something to eat. When they sat down  to their meal, the young woman told her story. She was six months pregnant and was already on the table at the abortion center. She had an IV and was in the process of being sedated. But she was still alert enough to realize she simply couldn’t go through with it.

“God’s grace poured into her heart,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers. The young woman found the strength and courage to remove the needle from her arm, to quickly get dressed (except for her shoes!) and run out to safety.

“Our prayers from outside helped her get that courage to leave the table and run away,” said the volunteer. “I realized how important our role is.”

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News from the Trenches

It started out a tough morning, with many people refusing to stop or roll down their car windows. Roger spoke with a Hispanic couple in their early 20s. The couple had a one-and-a-half-year-old child, who was not with them at the time. When asked, the woman said she was there for an abortion because of many reasons, financial being one of them. Roger told them about Culture of Life Family Services and that they could get pre-natal care for free if money was an issue. After relating that the new baby would be as dear to her as her other child and that each baby is a unique person, they seemed to soften. They said they would talk about it, and seemed to be leaning toward leaving. They parked, but after about 15 minutes they were seen going into the mill. We prayed that they would change their minds and come out, which often happens once you have planted the seeds of doubt. We kept an eye out for them, but after about 10 minutes it became busy at the front entrance as another wave of cars came in, and we lost track of whether or not they stayed.

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