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Dear Deacon John,

“She didn’t want to have an abortion,” said a 40 Days for Life team member in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“But she felt like she had no choice.”

In fact, a doctor had told this woman that abortion was her only option because of the risk of disabilities. Thankfully, the day she arrived at Planned Parenthood, there were people praying and counseling on the sidewalk.

The abortion industry targets children with disabilities. However, this cold mentality toward these children is no match for the love a mother has for her child. Here’s an example.

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Manchester, New Hampshire

A woman was on the verge of tears as she told her story on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood in Manchester.

In Boston, a doctor had told her the pregnancy could create serious long-term health problems for her … and her child could face significant physical and mental challenges.

Abortion was the only “choice” she was offered.

One of the sidewalk counselors gently mentioned adoption, but as she’s already the mother of a small child, she said “I could never give my baby away.” She then turned and walked into Planned Parenthood.

When she left the building, she went back to the vigil. At first she had been told she could take the abortion pill, but now it was too late. She would have to have a surgical abortion, which she didn’t want.

The sidewalk counselor told them where they could obtain a second opinion … and also offered help at the local pregnancy center.

“When she had arrived, she looked defeated,” the volunteer said. “But when they walked out of Planned Parenthood for the last time … she came out looking strong and confident.”

She told the counselor, “I won’t do it!”

Please keep this mother and her child in your prayers.

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Iztapalapa, Mexico

Is the Marie Stopes abortion center in Iztapalapa about to shut down?

40 Days for Life volunteers say they’re seeing hopeful signs around this facility in the Mexico City area.

“When we arrived for their kickoff event, the building was completely dark,” said Lourdes Varela, 40 Days for Life’s Latin American Affairs Coordinator. “The following day there was almost no activity there.”

It was soon confirmed that the facility, which once had stayed open until 9 pm, was now closing at 4 pm – or even earlier on some days.

During an evacuation alert after an earthquake, only two people were seen leaving the building – the secretary and a security guard.

“That means that even if they’re open, they might not be providing abortions anymore,” Lourdes said. “We hope that the center will close soon. Please pray!”

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Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

— Psalm 82:4

Father, may you empower the hundreds today who are serving in our pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls, providing ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love and perseverance.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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