Saturday, January 23, 2010

More than Pampers and a Prayer

This morning I had the privilege of participating in the Walk for Life, sponsored by Birth Choice Health Clinic in Santa Ana, CA.

Birth Choice Health Clinic is a faith-based, pro-life organization that provides services and education to teens and adults. Not only does is promote abstinence and positive alternatives to abortion, it offers parenting classes and a place where dads can talk through
"The Dad Project".

At Birth Choice, they don’t just offer Pampers and a prayer, as one newspaper article stated, they offer housing and education for young women when necessary for a period of up to two years at “Toby’s House”. At "Toby's House" they are taught real life building skills, receive child care, job assistance, domestic violence recovery education, and more.

Their Santa Ana clinic is located in the heart of the downtown area. As we walked a two block radius of this clinic we passed three abortion sites. Two of these sites offer third trimester abortions; I found this to be heartbreaking. But what I found out too, was that solicitors are paid to offer discount flyers to vulnerable women in the area. These solicitors get paid by how many women they can bring into the abortion facility. Who says that abortion isn’t a money making industry!!!

As we walked and prayed, a priest who had joined us made a statement that I will never forget. He likened the abortion facilities to the death camps of Auschwitz. He said that human life was being exterminated here like it was there and people just look the other way. This is a sad analogy, but I can see the connection.

I started this posting by saying that I had the privilege of participating in this Walk for Life, I really mean that. And I ask each one of you that read this post to pray for the success of clinics like Birth Choice.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!


Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

God bless you! Please check into Pampers though - last time I checked they supported UNICEF which supports Planned Parenthood. I wrote about it here and switched to Huggies.

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Elizabeth, I did not know that about Pampers and UNICEF.

I used this title here because that was the sarcastic comment made by the journalist. Birth Choice does not buy diapers from Pampers. Any diapesrs we hand out are upon the genorosity of donors. I will surely spread the word about Pampers though, it is important to know who supports life and who does not!

God bless...

Anne said...

Amen to your prayer! And thank you to Elizabeth for the eye-opening comment about pampers and planned parenthood.

Michael said...

God bless you for walking and for your post.

Mary P. said...

I'm just discovering so many wonderful Catholic bloggers, and yours is a prize! Thank you for all you do. And the prayer is lovely!

the booklady said...

Beautiful prayer and I join you in saying it! Is that picture (on the right) of you?!!!

Thanks for the info on Pampers Elizabeth! Ah the things I learn from bloggers!

God bless!

Daily Grace said...

Thank you booklady, the prayer is not mine though. Usually I post where I got something from if it isn't mine,however I forgot to do that this go around. I believe I got it from "Priests for Life".

And yes, that is a picture of me on the right, in the snow by the number 54. It was taken maybe two years ago. That is our cabin up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains.
It was so nice to hear from you.

God bless