Last night I attended the Prayer Launch for the 40 Days for Life Campaign here in Boston. It was their largest crowd ever. Last year there were perhaps 75 or so. This year the figure was about 300.
The 40 Days Campaign was also held last Fall and now in the Lenten season beginning on Ash Wednesday. I will be at the prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Ave in Boston.
The speaker last night was Dr. Anthony Levatino, obstetrician/gynecologist, attorney, and former abortionist. He told the dramatic story of his own spiritual conversion and his turn from doing abortions to prolife. That turn began when he and his wife were trying to adopt due to infertility even while he was performing hundreds of abortions. The dissonance between these two set up a tension that was to lead him down the prolife path, though not immediately. It was the death of his daughter, hit by a car while a child who happened into the street, that led to that fuller change which move him toward Christ and away from the culture of death.
Dr. Levatino has testified before Congress on behalf of the prolife cause. Here is his statement.
His personal stories of performing abortions, what actually happens and how it happens came down on us last night as the G forces of truth pushed up down in our pews. I could feel people just trying to breath. I was one of them.
Now before us is the next 40 days of prayer vigils on the Boston sidewalks. Our hope is that as women walk into the doors of the abortionist, they will have some sign of the goodness and love of God, gain hope, and choose life. We are not there to condemn or shout or judge. It’s about hope and the incredible love of Christ.