Paula, the 40 Days for Life leader in Lisbon, says the campaign there continues to grow.

Volunteers have witnessed emotional scenes outside the abortion center ? including one instance where a 39-year-old woman came out in tears after having an abortion.

?She said she just wanted to go home, get into bed and cry,? Paula said. She had no children, and said ?I?ve never hurt anyone, not even an ant? ? but she thought the abortion was something she ?had to do.? She was given information about Rachel?s Vineyard and post-abortion healing.

Another volunteer counted 33 women going into the clinic during an hour and a half on the sidewalk. Of these women, 26 had someone with them, and 29 came by car or taxi ? and the cars included a Mercedes, a BMW and a Porche.

This vigil participant said the common myth that women who have abortions are poor and have no support is simply that ? a myth.

?I prayed for the unborn babies, for the mothers and for the parents of those children, and for the conversion of all those who work there,? the volunteer said. And although there were many attempts to start conversations with abortion center clients, ?nobody came to talk to me.?

?I also prayed for our politicians so that Portugal does not continue to walk towards the abyss that is this culture of death.?


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.