News reports share Ealing Council’s attempts to bring in a ‘buffer zone’ PSPO outside an abortion centre. I have been organising and supporting 40 Days for Life prayer vigils for 7 years both in the United Kingdom and Internationally, visiting 25 countries who participate in our campaign to pray and fast to end abortion, and seen our campaign spread around whole countries.
Abby Johnson, a former abortionist who now runs a ministry helping abortion workers to leave their work, mentioned that at a Planned Parenthood conference it was noted that the no show rate at abortion centres when there is a prayer vigil present outside can be as high as 75%. No wonder BPAS has tried for three years to bring in a buffer zone law. In Ealing in one week it was reported that 5 women changed their mind, and 3 in one day. One abortion employee remarked one day to one of our volunteers, “Your prayers are obviously working, because the girls aren’t keeping their appointments.”
The reality of prayer vigils is that prayer moves mountains. A peaceful, prayerful and legal vigil is held outside the place where abortions happen in the local community. The presence sends a powerful message to the local community as the last sign of hope for anyone considering an abortion and the first sign of mercy for anyone who has had an abortion. The conscience of healthcare workers is profoundly affected. Men and women share their powerful abortion experiences in the street and other people share their opinions profusely. It is never a boring place. Pavement counsellors outside some abortion centres offer alternatives to those considering abortion in a loving, caring and considerate manner. Hundreds of children are alive today in the United Kingdom thanks to the ministry of 40 Days for Life, in 10 years of ministry, our organisation has seen 13,000 lives saved from abortion.
I visited the former Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, shortly after it was purchased by our organisation to be our own international headquarters. You could very tangibly spiritually feel there was something profoundly wrong in a building where over 5,000 abortions had happened. A hole in the wall was where aborted babies were transferred to the ‘products of conception’ laboratory next door to check that all the pieces of the baby were present. A hook remains in the ceiling, where a mobile hang to distract women while they were having an abortion. But now the building is a place of hope where there is a crisis pregnancy centre and lives are saved.
I was in Melbourne in 2014 – a city that now has a buffer zone. A woman staggered out of the centre, covered in blood. She had received a botched abortion and could barely walk. In 2012, an Irish woman called Aisha Chitira, 32, died in a taxi after an abortion in Ealing. Dr Adedayo, Gemma Pullen and Margaret Miller were charged and then acquitted of manslaughter.
Marie Stopes Ealing is the third busiest abortuary in the country, in 2016, 6,484 abortions occurred, 110 over 20 weeks gestation. Only 7 out of 198 nations allow unrestrained abortion access after 20 weeks of pregnancy, although more countries allow abortions beyond 20 weeks with limiting factors. Maries Stopes (the woman) was a eugenicist who wrote love letters to Adolf Hitler. Her organisation she founded now performs 3 million abortions a year in 37 countries around the world. Employees have boasted about providing abortions illegally in countries all around the world. The British government continues to aggressively fund Marie Stopes to operate where abortion is against the law.
In December 2011, Ghanian doctor Dr Phanuel Dartney was struck off the General Medical Register in Britain for almost killing an Irish woman after performing a botched abortion in Ealing. He left parts of the baby inside her leading to a perforated uterus. The same Doctor was also accused of performing botched laser surgery on five other women to revolutionise their sex lives.
During Lent 2013, 4 ambulances visited the abortion centre to deal with women injured by the abortion procedure. In the same time 23 women changed their mind and did not go ahead with an abortion. Other testimonies have shown family members forcing women into abortions without their consent. One woman jumped over the wall of the abortion centre to escape a family determined for her abortion. The building used to be a Christian house of healing.
This year marks 50 years since the abortion law changed with the 1967 abortion act. Over 8 million unborn children are missing from our country: a city equivalent to the size of London is missing from our nation.
Pray and ask God to show you how he wants you to end abortion where you live. Pray for courage and boldness to ask for great things in prayer, that God can work in and through you to save lives in your local community and beyond. You might be astonished by the results.