Ruby in Falls Church has good news ? two couples were diverted from the abortion facility to local pregnancy help centers.

"In both cases, the fathers of their unborn were open to life and glad to receive any help we offered."

In one instance, both grandmothers were willing to raise the baby until the mom finished school ? and the father supported that option. But the mother said she felt like she was being forced to keep the baby.

"She believed it was OK to abort at an early age," Ruby said. "When asked would she do this to a 2-year old toddler, she said no." After further counseling, they decided to keep the baby.

"We were concerned that if the mother went into the abortion center, they would convince her that she could take the abortion pill and call it a miscarriage and the family would never know," she said.

The volunteers also report an unexpected development in the area around the vigil site.

"I have been kicked out of my favorite parking spot!" Ruby said. Workers installed "no parking" signs ? right where her car was parked. "I've been parking there over ten years with no problems."

More signs have popped up in the neighborhood, which will have an effect on vigil participants arriving for their prayer hours.

"On the bright side," Ruby said, "we're definitely making an impact!"


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.