One Life Saved
Sidewalk Report: Marcos Espinoza, Outreach Director
“I was praying outside of the Fresno abortion clinic and spotted a young lady coming out of the clinic. She walked out slowly and then sat down near the front door.
She was looking down at the ground but every few seconds she would look up at us on the sidewalk.
I made eye contact with her and said hi. I asked her if she needed help or if she wanted to talk to someone. She did not answer me but got up and started walking towards me. We introduced ourselves and I asked her why she was upset and she started to tell me she had one child at home already, her boyfriend just left her and she just found out she was pregnant again. She took a walk outside the clinic to think about what she wanted to do.
She was considering having an abortion because that is what Planned Parenthood told her was the best option in her situation.
I was glad she did not make a decision right away and chose to walk out for a brief moment, because it was then that I was able to share with her the resources and the people who can help her. She was not aware of the Pregnancy Care Center and all they have to offer. I gave her information about child development and showed her what her baby looks like.
She started to cry and thanked me for giving her the information she needed to make the correct choice. She looked convinced that choosing life was the only option.
I pray that she continues to value life, carries her baby to term and gives that baby the same love and care she does her other child.”
2nd Baby Saved: Central California Women’s Conference
Side walk counseling does not end after 40 Days for Life. We have people outside the clinic all year long praying. It was at the Women’s Conference that we learned about a life that was saved due to those who go out to the clinic through out the year.
All the volunteers had a great time at the women’s conference, however, one volunteer, Marianne, had the opportunity to witness the life of a baby who was saved by 40 Days for Life. The mother approached Marianne saying:
“I want you know, this is a “40 Days for Life” baby!”
When asked to explain, the mother said that she had made an appointment at Planned Parenthood on Fulton Street and she came across our volunteers in front of the clinic holding up signs and praying.
She had a conversation with one who helped her decide to keep her child.
Marianne asked the mother how she was doing now, and she responded:
“I am great, I mean look at my precious little girl right here, she is 11 months old and I am so happy that I have her and I wouldn’t have her if it was not for those people praying that day.”
3rd Baby Saved!
Daniel Perez from St. Genevieve’s in Fresno was passing out information on the sidewalk when a mother pulled her car up behind him and dropped off her daughter. Daniel was able to get the girl’s attention and talked to her for about 5 minutes. The mother did not leave and watched Daniel talk to her girl. When the conversation was over the girl went inside Planned Parenthood for her “appointment.”
The mother then got off her car and approached Daniel asking him what he was telling her daughter. Daniel explained to her that he let her know what goes on in Planned Parenthood and how they were caught selling baby parts. The mother was disgusted to hear all of this and immediately went inside Planned Parenthood and pulled her daughter out, who was waiting to be called for her appointment.
Daniel talked to them briefly before they went. They changed their mind about abortion and said that they would go to the Pregnancy Care Center. We continue to pray for both of them so they make the right choice and embrace life.
Message From 40 Days for Life Director
Thank you to all who came out to pray with us during these 40 Days for Life. Please know that your prayers and presence at the clinic made it possible to save and touch the many lives. Here in Fresno, we had over 250 people come out from 10 different cities and 52 different churches! This resulted in 3 lives saved, many more touched by God’s grace, and many women and men promising to never again use Planned Parenthood’s services.
I also want to thank all the prayer warriors who were not able to come out and join us physically on the sidewalk. We know your prayers were with us and you gave us strength to continue. This is a spiritual battle we are fighting and you helped us with the powerful spiritual weapon of prayer.
I hope you all join us again for our next campaign and invite more people to come with you. Here at Right to Life of Central CA we cannot carry out our work without the help of our faithful volunteers.
Marcos Espinoza – 40 Days for Life Director