?We have seen more and more committed volunteers,? said Lourdes, the 40 Days for Life leader in Mexico City?s Roma section, ?humbly praying for a Mexico free of abortion.?

This is their fifth campaign, and Lourdes credited area churches for the vigil?s growth, as they have responded to the invitation to participate ? and plan to keep going until abortion ends.

There have been encouraging signs outside the Marie Stopes abortion center.

One couple was looking for shelter from the rain as they stood outside ? arguing. A volunteer learned what they were arguing about ? they had an appointment for an abortion. ?The volunteer gave them information about real pregnancy help,? Lourdes said. ?They continued to talk ? and left without having the abortion.?

That scene has repeated a number of times ? a client stops outside ? sometimes chats with a volunteer ? and leaves. No abortion!


The vigil is also having an impact on operations at the abortion facility. ?The medical waste truck arrives every Friday -- very early in the morning,? said Lourdes. ?It is clear that they don't want to be seen.?

Vigil participants have been harassed by others ? some call the police while others just play very loud music in an attempt to disrupt the prayerful atmosphere. ?They are trying to scare us,? she said, ?but we keep respectfully praying and fasting for babies and mothers.?

Sometimes is hard keep going, she added, ?but we will keep faithfully giving testimony of Christ, praying for the innocents. Viva Cristo Rey!?



With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.