Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Abortion hurts men, too! And "Being Human" on EWTN tonight

Below is from an email sent this morning by the 40 Days for Life staff. You can get these emails sent to you or read them on their blog at http://40daysforlife.com/blog/

I received a report from Houston that was both
eye-opening and heartbreaking.

People participating in the 40 Days for Life vigil
watched as a young man who appeared to be in tears
walked into Planned Parenthood with his girlfriend
and her mother.

When they left some time later, he was most certainly
crying -- and obviously quite upset.

I'll let one of the prayer vigil participants pick up
the story...

I watched him head down the street, alternating
between wiping the tears from his face and punching
the buildings in anger and frustration as he passed
them. Eventually he headed back toward the parking
lot. As he approached, I went to him first. All I
could think to say was that I was so very sorry for
his loss. He began to cry again.

Then a truck pulled up leaving the parking lot with
his girlfriend and her mother inside. The girl's
mother yelled at him to get in and cursed him as he
opened the door. He had one foot inside, then
stepped back out and closed the door. As she drove
away he promptly sat down on the curb and cried
like a baby. Three of us sat down beside him -- all
men -- and cried with him.

Eventually, he began to talk. He was probably in
his very early twenties. He told us that his
girlfriend did not want to keep the child because
she feared they would not be able to provide for
him. He asked her how she could destroy a life
based on a hunch. He told her this child had a
heartbeat and a soul and deserved to live. He even
tried to convince her to, at the very least, put
the child up for adoption.

I was struck by the fact that this young man knew
all this simply because his heart told him it was
true. He was wise well beyond his years and he was
hurting terribly.

I was struck by the clear reality that fathers have
so little to do with whether their own children
live or die. I also couldn't help but notice that
despite the high volume of Planned Parenthood
volunteers around, none of them approached him.

Before I left him, he stood up to hug me. All I
could tell him was what I truly believed -- that
today, his child knows that his/her father fought
for it. That to his child, he is a hero and that
someday he would know that also.

Please pray for this young man and others like him.
The tragedy of abortion is real and happening every
day. No one knows that better than he.

I sincerely hope this young man comes to embrace the
exceptional advice he was given; but that will most
certainly take time. I cannot even begin to imagine
the anguish.

This is a first-person account of what abortion does
to fathers. Who knows how many others have walked in
his shoes, as there are more than a million abortions
every year -- and more than 50 million since the 1973
Roe v. Wade decision that opened the floodgates to
abortion on demand.

Let's pray even harder!


The second installment of the Being Human television
series, hosted by 40 Days for Life campaign director
Shawn Carney, airs on the EWTN network at 6:30 PM
Eastern TODAY!

EWTN is on many cable and satellite systems, so
please look for this outstanding account of 40 Days
for Life, filmed by an Emmy-award-winning director.

* WHAT: "Being Human: 40 Days for Life"

* DATE: TONIGHT! Tuesday, September 29

* TIME: 6:30 PM Eastern (3:30 PM Pacific)

* WHERE: Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) --
available in most markets

Watch a short preview online at:


Don't have cable or don't get EWTN?

You can watch the 30-minute documentary online at the
start time by visiting http://www.ewtn.com and then
selecting "Television" > "Live TV - English" from the
navigation menu at the top of the page.

Spread the word to all your friends, co-workers,
family members, and fellow believers about this
exciting show!