Tuesday, 13 November 2012

40 Days for Life through the eyes of a South African

The pro-life position is not popular in the United Kingdom. Having been a volunteer for 40 days for life in London, I’ve been subjected to abuse on a regular basis. I believe that much of this abuse has been related to the difficulty that many people have with the forbidden grief of abortion. There are many millions of post-abortive men and women in the country.

We have a number of banners. They read: “40 days for life: before I formed you in the womb, I knew you (Jeremiah 1:5)” and “Praying for an end to abortion and offering hope” as well as “Feel you have no choice? We can help. Affected by abortion? We are here for you. We are here to pray and offer help.” Some people feel that these words are intimidating, but they clearly state our intentions and goals. We are there to help, guide and love. 

I feel that many members of the public do not want to hear the truth about abortion. I was present when an ambulance drove up to Marie Stopes, a lady was laid on a stretcher and put into the ambulance. Why are the public not made aware of such events happening? I have spoken to women who have said they will never have an abortion again because of the emotional trauma afterwards. There is an outstanding ministry called Rachel’s Vineyard that offers men and women help after an abortion and many have experienced emotional healing after attending their events.

We must also consider the financial aspects of abortion provision. Taxpayers money goes towards paying for procedures. Abortions involve large financial transactions. I have witnessed a security cash transit man arrive and depart at Marie Stopes. I believe that the abortion providers are making money from the physical, mental and emotional pain of others. We must stop this cycle of pain. A nation that kills its own children has no future.

Colette Thomas, South Africa
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