40 Days for Life Rockford

An estimated 25 children were killed at Rockford’s abortion mill this past week;    45 Babies Saved During 40 Days for Life…in Less than a Week;     Abortion on the Lord’s Day? No Way Say 40 Days for Life Volunteers;   Your Prayers are Being Answered Says 40 Days for Life Head;     Two Dozen Frozen Babies Found in Grisly Abortuary Police Raid….

On Friday February 19, an estimated 13 babies were killed at the Rockford abortion mill.  Just one of the sad situations noticed by the sidewalk counselors was when a car came in with what looked like a father and son inside.  They sat in the parking lot until another car arrived with a woman and a young girl.  The two cars parked next to each other, and all four got out and walked toward the clinic together.  The two young people looked as if they were 15 or 16 years old.
A sidewalk counselor with over 20 years’ experience said it surely appeared as though they were the boy’s mother and father, taking them in to end the life of the baby.  She thought the boy’s mother probably went and got the young mother out of school and brought her to the clinic so the child could be killed without the girl’s parents’ ever knowing she was pregnant.
We have no laws on the books that protect the rights of parents of children taken to an abortion mill, and as far as we know, in 25 years the abortion mill in Rockford  has never reported to the police even one case of an underage girl’s being pregnant even when she has been brought  there by an older man or people who are not her parents.  This is the culture of death in America today.
Despite the evil that takes place at Rockford’s abortion mill, the grace of God through 40 Days for Life is building a culture of life and love right before our eyes.  The sidewalks in front of this place of death have had Christians in reverent prayer for 12 hours a day since 40 Days for Life began.
Through the power of prayer, God’s grace reached the hearts of two mothers this morning, and they chose LIFE!
As she drove away, one of the mothers told a sidewalk counselor she and her baby were OK.  Then she smiled, nodded, and waved at the pro-lifer who called out to her as she was walking across the parking lot as if to say, "Thank you for sharing the truth of Christ and life with me.  My baby will live."
The power of prayer and 40 Days for Life was very clear to everyone this morning.
On Wednesday February 24, an estimated 12 children were killed at Rockford’s abortion mill.  Again this morning the power of Christian witness was clear.  We had a Minister and Priest quietly on the sidewalk in deep prayer.  Many others praying, holding signs, or offering support and words of encouragement to mothers entering the mill.
The result was two mothers who left the killing center before the late term abortionist arrived from Madison.  This particular late term abortionist is in semi-retirement in Wisconsin but makes a special trip to Rockford occasionally to end the lives of children past the age of when the other abortionist will kill them.  Through the grace of God and the faithful witness and prayers of many Rockford area Christians two mothers were saved from the horrifying experience of have their child killed this morning.  All praise and glory to Jesus Christ our Savior!
 Rockford Pro-Life Initiative Newsletter 
The mission of Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is to eliminate abortion in the Rockford area through Prayer, Fasting, Education, and Personal Sacrifice. 
45 Babies Saved During 40 Days for Life…in Less than a Week
By David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life
February 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Want to get your Monday off to a great start? Then here’s a report guaranteed to launch your week in marvelous fashion!
Thus far during this 40 Days for life campaign (which only began last Wednesday), 45 lives have already been saved from abortion!
Here are just a few of those miraculous stories:
Louisville, Kentucky:
On the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign, three mothers changed their minds!
Tammy in Louisville said the abortion center staffers "were so mad they came out and started yelling at us. We give all the glory to our Lord Jesus Christ." One woman had been given a coupon for a free ultrasound at the pro-life pregnancy center across the street. She went inside the abortion facility — but only stayed five minutes before leaving and going to the pro-life center, where she used that coupon.
"She saw the 4-D ultrasound and changed her mind," Tammy said. "What a blessing!"
Reno, Nevada:
A young woman had scheduled an abortion appointment, fully intending to go through with it. Carol Marie said, "when she heard there were other options available, she took the time to investigate for herself and realized we were correct."
The woman left the facility and returned later — not for an abortion, but for a refund.
The staff saw her hugging prayer volunteers as she was approaching the door, so they refused to let her in. They made her wait in her car while they processed her refund. "Praise God that we had the opportunity to be there," said Carol Marie.
Melbourne, Australia:
"We had a turnaround in Melbourne this morning while we were praying," said David.
He spoke to a couple who had arrived for an abortion appointment, asking the young woman to think about what abortion will do to her. "Already she has another little boy. She said both were unplanned."
They took a pamphlet with phone numbers of various support agencies. "Let’s continue praying that this young couple have the courage to continue with this pregnancy," David said.
The Bronx, New York:
"We had our first confirmed turnaround of the Lenten 40 Days for Life," said Brian.
"The ability to actually see these first results of the effort to save babies is an amazing experience. The real impact, however, is impossible to know. It is a bit overwhelming to think that just one little word or one action, like handing out a flier with information on abortion can have an impact that not only touches the lives of that mother and child, but makes a change that reverberates down the generations."
Brian added that not only is this work life-changing, but it truly changes all of humanity — "all because of a little bundle of joy that is spared on a cold February morning in the Bronx."
Amen! Have a great week!
Abortion on the Lord’s Day? No Way Say 40 Days for Life Volunteers
Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life
February 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Early Sunday morning, local coordinator Ernie Cyr sent out an urgent message to 40 Days for Life volunteers in Pensacola, Florida. He had just found out that abortions were taking place at the city’s only abortion facility. Yes, on the Lord’s day.
Ernie’s request for prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil was quickly answered. It would soon become apparent that their prayers were being answered as well.
A woman drove up and told the vigil participants, "I called my sister and convinced her not to have an abortion!"
It wasn’t easy — her sister was already inside the building. The woman got on the phone and tried to speak to her sister, but the abortion facility staff refused to let her take the call.
Finally, the woman told the center’s staff it was an emergency and she must speak to her sister urgently. The staff reluctantly permitted them to talk. The woman explained to her sister that there were far better options than ending the life of her unborn child.
She listened … and called off the abortion.
The woman then went into the building, came out with her sister and returned to the pro-life volunteers.
"When the young mother came out she looked dazed and confused," said Ernie, "like the weight of the world was upon her shoulders."
She was still very much in shock after almost aborting her child. "It was so terrible in there," she said. "The noise in that place was awful."
A counselor from a pro-life pregnancy center was able to tell her about the free resources and free medical services that would be available throughout her pregnancy, as well as community services that can assist her until her child is ready to start school.
Ernie asked if she was able to get her money back. "She said she paid $525 for the abortion but they would only give her back $300 or so, so I told her that the pro-life community in Pensacola is absolutely behind her." He’s already started a collection. 
"I told her all will be well because she just made a life-giving decision," he said. "God has put the pro-life community in Pensacola behind this woman. And we will not fail her!"
Fantastic report! But guess what? There’s more!
"There were six — yes, six — other mothers that chose life for their babies," Ernie said. "Praise God! Women were absolutely fleeing the abortion facility today!"
Ernie called it a "slam dunk miracle."
"So come on out and pray in front of the abortion facility every chance you get," he said. "Jesus is really, really using us to save lives!"
Your Prayers are Being Answered Says 40 Days for Life Head
Commentary by David Bereit, 40 Days for Life National Coordinator
February 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As you pray and fast for an end to abortion, please be aware that your prayers are being answered.
Early Wednesday morning — the first day of this campaign — 40 Days for Life vigil participants were praying for a young woman who arrived for an abortion appointment in Cleveland. On her way towards the building, she stopped and talked to one of the counselors on the sidewalk.
The vigil participants feared the conversation had not made an impact. Still, they kept praying.
A short time later, the young woman left the facility in tears. She could not go through with the abortion, thanks to the conversation with the counselor — and the prayers.
Michael in Cleveland says a second life was saved around lunchtime on Wednesday. 40 Days for Life participants were praying as a woman left the abortion center … smiling. The man with her — the baby’s father — was also smiling.
She walked over to the people praying and said, "Don’t worry. I didn’t do it!"
The young couple drove away, happy … and still smiling. Said Michael, "Our God is awesome!"
On Day 1 in Huntsville, Alabama, vigil participants were praying for two young women. One had arrived for an abortion. The other was doing her best to try to talk her friend out of aborting her baby.
The two went inside together while the people on the sidewalk continued to pray …
… and pray …
… and pray!
They were inside for two hours, which could have been seen as a discouraging sign. But finally, the friend came out. "Did you see how long I was in there?" she asked … and then she announced the good news.
"I talked her out of it!" she said.
"Thanks for everything!"
"Everything," of course, included two hours of praying intently that God would touch this young woman’s heart — and inspire the friend who desperately wanted to see the baby live.
Prayer indeed works!
People praying at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Providence, Rhode Island learned that as well. A woman drove up, eager to talk.
"You were out here praying two years ago when I went in to have an abortion," she said. "I just want you to know that I came out of the clinic that day. I decided to have my baby. I love her and I wanted to thank you."
Thank you … and thank our amazing Heavenly Father, who hears each word of prayer.
Please keep praying!
Two Dozen Frozen Fetuses Found in Grisly Abortuary Police Raid
PHILADELPHIA, February 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – State police investigating a Philadelphia abortuary stumbled upon a gruesome discovery last week: over two dozen fetuses in jars preserved in a freezer in the abortionist’s office, according to local reports.  Authorities temporarily suspended the abortionist’s license soon after the raid, after discovering clinic conditions they called "deplorable and unsanitary" – including bloodstains on the floor.
State drug agents, as well as FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, commenced the investigation last week at West Philadelphia’s Women’s Medical Society.  Various sources are reporting various reasons for why the investigation was launched.
According to FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver, as cited by UPI, officials were acting on a tip that Gosnell was performing illegal late-term abortions. However, law enforcement sources cited by the Philadelphia Inquirer stated that officials were investigating the abortionist on suspicion of illegal distribution of prescription painkillers. While CBS 3, which broke the story, said the investigation was launched in response to a woman’s death during a botched abortion there on November 20.
While the investigation began last Thursday, a subsequent investigation stumbled upon the fetal corpses, some of them killed as long as 30 years ago, displayed in the office of abortionist Kermit Goznell.  Those fetuses are being analyzed to determine whether they were killed at a point beyond the legal gestational age for abortion.
Following the investigation, officials issued a suspension order, saying the conditions of the clinic were "deplorable and unsanitary," reports the Inquirer.
"There was blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars," states the order, which called Gosnell’s continued practice of medicine "an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety."
Records indicate that Goznell was publicly reprimanded by the state licensing board in 1995 for employing an uncertified assistant who treated at least one patient.
Sources cited by CBS 3 say that in the November abortion death, an unlicensed assistant allegedly administered drugs to a woman who later died during an abortion procedure.  The woman’s corpse reportedly contained high levels of a painkilling drug.

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