N.C. Abortuary Hammered by Pro-Life Prayers Ceases Abortions

June 24, 2010 by  
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Check out this very encouraging story out of North Carolina. It recalls to my mind St. James’ teaching on prayer and its effects:

“The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit. My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:16-20).


A Raleigh abortuary that has seen constant prayer from pro-lifers with the popular 40 Days for Life campaign has ceased performing abortions.

The Raleigh News and Observer reported Wednesday that National Women’s Health Organization of Raleigh is, in the words of one local pro-abortion affiliate, “in transition.” The affiliate, Ann Rose, said that the last abortions would be conducted on Saturday, but she would not explain what other changes the “transition” would entail.

The paper reports that the abortuary was generally thought to be for sale after its founder, pro-abortion activist Susan Hill, passed away of breast cancer in February. There are two other facilities in Raleigh where abortions are performed.

David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, praised the end of the destruction of unborn life at a building where prayer witnesses with the nationwide campaign have kept vigil. North Carolina was one of the first states ever to conduct a 40 Days for Life campaign.

“Even as we praise God for this victory, pray that this center, which has done so much harm, completely closes and that the workers experience conversions!” said Bereit.

Bereit also lauded statistics cited by the News and Observer story, which show that abortions have been declining in North Carolina; the abortion rate dropped 4.6% between 2007 and 2008.

“Your prayers and faithful efforts continue to bear great fruit!” Bereit told supporters. (source)


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3 Responses to “N.C. Abortuary Hammered by Pro-Life Prayers Ceases Abortions”
  1. Anonymous says:

    This may or may not be good news. Perhaps the abortions could be relocating to a different place.

    The local abortuary in my town moved to a building in the middle of a private medical complex where pro-lifers can't get anywhere near.

  2. Patrick Madrid says:

    No problemo, SemperFi. Thanks.

    As it happens, I am one of the guests being interviewed on this show ;)

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