The following is a message sent by Ann Barrick, the founder of ProLifeConnection and the campaign director for Toledo’s 40 Days for Life. To me it illustrates the roller coaster of emotions that those who tirelessly counsel women contemplating abortion go through. Despite the choices that some make, there is always hope, and always a need for prayer. Prayer for EVERYONE connected with abortion, those in the industry and those working to end the abortion holocaust.
Thanks to everyone who joined the Youth Hour of Prayer Thurs. evening, especially Fr. Kishore who filled in for an “under the weather” Bishop Blair! It was a great turn-out!
We spoke with 2 women who were there for their initial appointment and both were sad about having an abortion. Carol talked to “C” who was crying—and to her friends as well. I talked with “S” who was very sad about having an abortion. Please pray that neither of these women return for their abortions!
Sadly, there was also a woman in the center who had chosen life for her baby over a year ago but was there Thursday to abort this child. It broke my heart for so many reasons—thanks to all of you at the YHOP for your kindness when I broke down in telling you about her. Thank you as well for your prayers because I sure needed them to get through the next few hours—the devil knows exactly where to attack and keep my mind in a downward spiral!
This particular woman emailed me just last week and even sent pictures of the baby “saved” from abortion so it was quite a shock that she was now having an abortion. I texted her throughout the night and occasionally she replied. At the end of the evening, she came out—one of the last abortions—and we talked and hugged. She now needs your prayers for healing because she’s already a little sad. (She also was given information about post-abortion healing opportunities.)
One glimmer of hope in all this is that she told the abortion workers how wonderful the pro-life people were to her the last time she went there. Then when she and I were talking after her abortion, the workers were getting ready to leave and so they stood and watched us. One asked her, “Are you ok talking to her or do you want to get away?” (or something like that.) She said, “Oh no! I’m fine!” and turned around and kept talking—and then hugged me. I pray that the workers saw that we love these women no matter what!
Please keep praying for the workers, the women who have had abortions (and their families!), those who pray and counsel at abortion centers, and for the unborn babies! Most of all, please beg God’s mercy on this country—and on the whole world!! And again—thank you for ALL your prayers!!
In Christ our Hope,