Several months ago, one of the executives of the Morgentaler's abortion facility in Fredericton published an open letter to pro-lifers in the Daily Gleaner. In the letter, apart from accusing us of misleading and harassing women (things for which abortion mill workers themselves could usually be blamed,) she asked if we could stage our protests on other weekdays than Tuesdays - when their abortion facility isn't open.
Well, they've got their wish. Sort of. Obviously, we're not going to stop the protests on Tuesdays. But on top of that - we now have the 40 Days for Life Vigil at their "clinic" seven days a week. I was there on Thursday, along with 4 other devoted pro-lifers from Moncton. We stayed in Fredericton for about 6 hours, helping the vigil keepers to fill the gaps. The "clinic" was closed, but our vigil kept going on.
And, if you think that it doesn't make sense for us to stand across the street from an abortion facility when the staff and, most important, the clients, are not there - think again. Yes, there was nobody at the abortion mill itself. But there were people walking by and driving by (especially when the afternoon rush hour began) - those people saw us there and, those who drive there often, could notice that there was always a couple of people out there praying to end abortion.
Let's not forget that every surgical abortion that takes place in a clinic or a hospital, is always preceded by a spiritual abortion; one that takes place in a woman's heart. Before a woman (or one of her family members) picks up the phone and schedules an appointment in a facility like Morgentaler's, a woman and whoever convinces her to abort, must make the decision in their mind, must get comfortable with the thought that their baby will not be allowed to see daylight. And that's what we're confronting with our prayer.
That's also why we're there even if the "clinic" is closed. After all - those who actually consider having an abortion, they too, might be there, driving around to memorize directions, or checking the business hours. They too, can notice our vigil, notice that even if there aren't that many of us - we're there all the time. And, eventually, they may reconsider. Sure, we'll never know if they do. We walk by faith, not by sight. That's what the prayer vigil is all about.
As for the five of us - the next day after our long stay in Fredericton, we also had an hour of prayer in front of the George Dumont Hospital here, in Moncton. The weather was terrible and yet it worked to our advantage, as everyone was concerned that others may not come, so everyone did his best to be there.
We were standing across the street from the main entrance, clearly seen by those that were leaving. A lot of them honked or gave us the thumbs up. And then I was surprised to see some people walking towards us and actually joining our prayer - despite the pouring rain. (As I found out later - they had heard about the vigil, but didn't know where it is and how to join.) I told them about the Life Chain, that is to take place on October 4th. Hopefully - there will be a lot more of us there, helping to get the pro-life message out.