Al and Sally had the morning shift. Here’s what Sally reported:
This was a VERY light Saturday morning. Only about 5 couples went into PP early in the morning, and very few couples or singles after that. All but two of the escorts were sent home before 9 a.m. and the others left about an hour later.
Many family groups were walking back and forth all morning. I believe they were all going to see the big yellow ducky down near the 6th Street Bridge.
We only filled a little over one page of the Vigil Attendance log
completely. But those who were with us were mighty pray-ers. Emil came down from his restaurant toward the end of my shift, but even he was not as angry as usual. He simply said, “Do you know who causes abortions? OLD people!” Weird! But a lot better than his usual wish that all of us die. Maybe he is getting used to us being there. Sally
[From my (Pat’s) observations on the 3-7 shift on Friday – also an abortion day – I can’t say that I saw a single woman come out of PP who had any of the tell-tale signs of having just had an abortion.]
On personal note, I can say that the most powerful experience I ever had at any of the Marches for Life that I’ve attended occurred several years ago when I was on the sidewalk as the March started. We all cheered as the huge MARCH FOR LIFE banner, and the various dignitaries associated with the March, started to move forward. But then, as those with me on the sidewalk turned our gaze to the second group, there was at first a silence as everyone seemed to catch their breath. This was followed shortly thereafter by a very applause of deep admiration. As I looked, I saw what they saw – a collection of women holding signs which said: “I regret my abortion.” And then I saw that there were some men with them holding signs which said: “I regret my lost fatherhood.” As soon as my brain was able to comprehend all of this (I had never seen people carrying signs like this before), the tears started to come as I joined in on the applause.
Looking back, I think my reaction came as it did because I had never seen a group of people exhibiting such incredible bravery and such great humility, all at the same time. So thank you LaToya for the bravery and humility you demonstrated today by not only being there, but by carrying the sign you did.
Maggie, who managed the 3-7pm shift wrote:
What a glorious day/evening it was for witnessing to the hundreds (? At least) who walked by us. I was blessed with a GREAT turnout from St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry. It was great to be with the some of the same people for at least 3 other campaigns and to meet some new faces.
I also had the honor of praying with a woman by the name of Mimi. She is originally from Palermo and said that she came every single day during the last (spring) 40 days for life campaign. She was a lovely, PRAYERFUL woman who was passionate for saving souls.
It was interesting when the security guards family pulled up and his adorable little boy ran into Planned Parenthood I assume to use the bathroom. We were praying the Rosary while his wife stood next to the car with the back door open to her gorgeous little girl who looked to be around 1. I smiled and waved to her and her Mom smiled back but when the little boy returned from his restroom trip, the Dad said something disapproving to her (didn’t catch what he said just the gist of it) and off they went. I thought about what a gift those 2 children are and how many mothers and fathers have denied themselves, or another adoptive couple, that opportunity.
Another time we prayed the rosary a young man who had come out of PP stopped there and listened. I struggled within myself whether I should speak with him or not and decided not to. The others there saw his face, which I did not, and said he looked REALLY ANGRY, so when he left I just begged God to change his heart.
We saw a lot of workers leave. I asked the Holy Spirit to descend upon them and enlighten their minds to know they can find a job somewhere else and asked GOD to have mercy on them, echoing Christ on the cross saying, Forgive them Father for they know not what they do”.
I saw an older couple, mid twenties maybe leaving. The man tried comforting her but she didn’t want any part of him. I see that often. It appears as if she instinctively reacts to the betrayal of her partner who wants to move on. They got into an Audi and my heavy heart said, why are you doing this, its certainly not because of a lack of money.
Well, I hope my ramblings inspire your prayers for all those involved in this tragedy.
Here are some more photos taken by Maggie:
Here’s what Dean wrote from his shift:
We had one woman ask the priest from St. Joseph of Verona to pray the rosary for her. I tried talking to one couple as they exited Planned Parenthood and appeared hesitant about what to do next.
Here are some of his pictures: