March for Life Participants Gather at Warminster
Planned Parenthood to Close 40 DFL 2019 Fall Campaign
On Saturday, November 2nd, pro-life supporters started arriving in the parking lot of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Warminster, PA. As the number of pro-lifers grew, those who were waiting for the March for Life to begin gathered in prayer. They prayed for the safety and protection of all participants. Among many petitions, one of most importance was an end to abortion in our country.
Before the start of the prayer walk, an elderly man volunteered to carry a white cross. This cross survived the destruction of a large number of crosses that were demolished at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown. The March for Life prayer walk started on the church sidewalk and ended at Warminster Planned Parenthood. As the pro-lifers arrived at the abortion site, they joined others who were standing vigil in front of planned parenthood. A total of 54 men, women and children participated in the March for Life and the prayerful gathering.
Dr. Rob Arner, a theology and ethics professor, is a member of Washington Crossing Methodist Church. He shared an enlightening and encouraging message. His remarks underscored the belief in the sacredness of life of the early church. A handout, with several writings and quotes from the early church fathers, was distributed. Rob read each of the early father’s quotes. Their writings underscored the belief in the sanctity of life and considered abortion an act of murder. Below is an excerpt of one such writing:
“With us, murder is forbidden once for all. We are not permitted to destroy even the fetus in the womb, as long as blood is still being drawn to form a human being. To prevent the birth of a child is a quicker way to murder. It makes no difference whether one destroys a soul already born or interferes with its coming to birth. It is a human being and one who is to be a man, for the whole fruit is already present in the seed.” (Tertullian, Apology, 9:6-8, about AD 196)
Answering God’s Call and Faithful Pro-Life Servants
Ten years ago, Mary Paris, a sidewalk counselor at Warminster Planned Parenthood, took on the challenge of organizing a 40 DFL prayer vigil. She enlisted Catholic Church Coordinators to sign up church members to pray for one hour at Warminster PP. Mary successfully and faithfully served as 40 DFL leader from 2009 to 2018. She is the Lord’s humble servant and continues to serve Him as a dedicated sidewalk counselor.
In the 2018, Melissa Chapman participated in 40 DFL Fall campaign. She felt the Lord calling her to become actively involved in a 40 DFL campaign at Warminster PP. Melissa is a busy wife and mother. She also volunteers at A Baby’s Breath, a pregnancy care center that helps women in a crisis pregnancy. In answer to the Lord’s call, Melissa successfully organized both the Spring and Fall campaigns of 2019. A number of Evangelicals, not previously involved in this 40 DFL, joined with Catholics in these prayer vigils. The number of Protestant and Evangelical churches has been increasing with each campaign since 2009.
Many blessings and thanks to all who answered God’s call to serve as organizers of 40 DFL. We are also grateful to prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors who serve as intercessors at abortion sites throughout the year. Many lives have been saved due to the dedication of sidewalk counselors. We may never know how many mothers chose life for their babies because of your prayerful presence, but our Heavenly Father knows.