"One of the most difficult times for our volunteers who pray in the vigil is seeing the sadness and the pain of the mother who walks out of the abortion center," said one of the 40 Days for Life leaders in Bogota.

When they are faced with this situation, they often have doubts about how they can offer these women any kind of help.

But one vigil participant saw a young girl who was crying as she was coming out of the abortion center ... and just felt he had to do something. So he walked over and started talking about post-abortion healing.

Thankfully, the volunteer got some good news. The young woman, who was accompanied by her mother, said through her tears that she had not had an abortion -- but that she had set an appointment to get one.

The baby's father had told her that was the only solution ... and she didn't know what else to do.

With joy, our volunteer thought: "Then there is still hope!"


This mother, who was suffering because she thought her only option was to abort her baby, just needed to hear some words of encouragement and love.

"Listen to what your heart tells you as a mother," the volunteer said, offering to take her to a pregnancy help center where she could get the assistance that she -- and her baby -- both needed. At that point, the young woman's mother also started crying.

After talking with the counselor at the pregnancy center, the woman and her mom are now determined to do what's best for the baby that will soon be part of their family.

"There were no more tears," the volunteer said, "they felt at peace with this decision ... and the smiles on both their faces were proof that they were doing the right thing to choose the life. She had courage ... and she listened to her heart."


40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods.