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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Monday, February 06, 2012

1 Less Abortion Mill In Iowa

This is quite a story you are about to read. While the closing of any abortion mill is good news, this has special meaning for me for several reasons. 1st of all, it is 1 less stain on the great state of Iowa. 2ndly, it means that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has failed in one of its attempts to spread telemed abortions across the state. Finally, it is an encouraging reminder to keep praying that the same thing will happen here in DBQ. As you may remember, I put up some posts about the new location including 1 about how it looks like the new site will be a telemed abortion mill.
The new site in DBQ is about 1-1/2 blocks from where I live. Every time I drive by the place I pray. I regularly ask St. Joseph's intercession to drive Planned Parenthood out of DBQ. So far, I have yet to see any sign that they are working on the place to get it open.
I won't go into details now, but I know that at least 2 priests have already been out there with others praying & using other spiritual weapons given to us by God through the Catholic Church to battle what Satan wants to do there.
Additionally, I know of others who have stopped there as well to pray that it won't open.
If you add all these prayers together then it is only a matter of time until they are driven out. Not because of me alone, or because of any one of us alone, but because we are in agreement in our asking God for this to come about. Matthew 18:19 is our assurance that if we remain faithful in our prayers we will see it Planned Parenthood driven out as it has happenned elsewhere.  Including Storm Lake.
It has now been over 5 months since PPH announced their big move. But so far, except for a couple ads mentioning the new location (with no address), there has been no sign that anything is going on at the new site. They claimed back then to be "renovating the new space to the specific needs of our patients and staff."  If they were, then you would think by now that some sign of that going on would be seen.
Additionally, the old site has been changing its hours arround & arround over the past few months. After 3-1/2 years you would think they would know what is best. But when they openned they claimed there was a need for them to be open 40 hrs which proved wrong as well.
Now there are several possibilities for the delay. They just opened a new site in Lincoln that took the place of 2 others in the area. They could have been focusing their efforts there, but that isn't likely. Their "Breaking New Ground" capital campaign could be faltering. They claimed last Suumer to already have raised $8.5 million of the $11.5 million goal. But how much of that was actual cash, & how much was pledges? & if it was, as is usually the case, mostly pledges, then how well are people fulfilling them?
They could be having troupble finding local people willing to do the work. That is a strong possibility given that I know of several businesses that they would need to contract with for renovations are openly pro-life.
Whatever the problems, God is working behind the scenes. Some people I know feel that they may not even open because of all the prayers. We shall see. it could very well be.
But none of this going on in DBQ is the reason this is quite a story.
What makes this quite a story has to do with the history of the place. This PPH abortion mill is located in Storm Lake. Last August, Bishop Nickless of the Sioux City Diocese led a Eucharistic procession that stopped in front of the site to pray. It was the site of a 40 Days for Life Campaign last Fall. Obviously this is a story of the power of prayer. It is a story of how God is powerfully using the 40 Days for Life to battle abortion.It is a story of how God works through His shepherds when they are willing to lead as the should in the battle against the "culture of death". But there is still 1 more thing that makes this story unique, something that has never happenned before in the history of the 40 Days for Life campaigns. But rather than give away the surprize I will let you read it for yourself below:

Sue Thayer did something that no other local 40 Days for Life leader had ever done before. She led the fall 2011 campaign outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Storm Lake, Iowa …
… a facility she used to manage!
More on Sue’s story in just a bit. She just e-mailed me with exciting news.
The local newspaper is reporting that the Planned Parenthood facility in Storm Lake …
… the one Sue used to manage …
… the one where Sue led the 40 Days for Life vigil …
… is CLOSING its doors for good on March 1!
That’s right. This location is GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!
This is the 21st abortion center where a 40 Days for Life vigil has been conducted that will be closing its doors forever.
“Wow!” Sue said in her e-mail. “Of course the clinic is closing! God hears our prayers and He answers! No more telemed abortions on Erie Street! Yay God!!”
If you haven’t heard of telemed abortions, it’s one of Planned Parenthood’s tactics for spreading abortion to rural areas to increase abortion numbers and revenues.
The abortions happen when an abortionist speaks to a woman via webcam over the Internet. They’re each at computer terminals, miles apart, and the “doctor” never physically examines or cares for his “patient.”
After a video interview, the abortionist pushes a button at his location. That opens a locked drawer next to the computer where the woman is watching … a drawer containing the dangerous RU-486 abortion pill.
The woman then takes the pill to begin what Planned Parenthood calls a “medication abortion.”
Sue Thayer had managed the Planned Parenthood office in Storm Lake. She used to think that Planned Parenthood provided valuable services for women and that the organization truly wanted to prevent abortions (the Storm Lake location did not previously do abortions).
That all changed when Planned Parenthood mandated telemed abortions for her facility. Sue expressed her concern — and the abortion chain promptly fired her.
After a time of healing, prayer and discernment, Sue signed up to lead the 40 Days for Life campaign outside her former workplace this past fall.
Sue was just profiled this past weekend in an article in the Des Moines Register. You can read the story at:
Just days after that article appeared — and less than three months after Sue finished leading the 40 Days for Life campaign outside the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood — the closure was announced.
“Let’s all take some time to thank God for His unending love and faithfulness,” Sue said. “40 Days For Life was a blessing to each and every person who prayed. Now the Lord has answered with a resounding YES to our petition to end abortion in Storm Lake. Praise the Lord!”
AMEN, Sue!
In just three weeks, the next 40 Days for Life campaign begins. Watch VERY SOON for the list of communities that will be taking part …
… and maybe — through your prayers and participation — YOUR community will be the next one praising God for the closure of the local abortion center.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this next campaign!
For Life,
Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

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