|Kim Bombak and her baby were among those who came to pray for life Oct. 8 across from the Morgentaler clinic.|
November 9, 2010. Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). A Familia team of
mothers participated in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil
across from an abortion clinic in Edmonton this past October.
The Western Catholic Reporter published a short feature about
their efforts to give witness to life. Reprinted with permission.
Praying pro-lifers find hope at end of rainbow
Western Catholic Reporter
– On her way to pray across from the abortion
clinic, Carolyn Towle saw a sign from God that provided
inspiration in her goal to end abortion.
way here this morning, there was a little bit of
a rainbow in the sky. So it was a reminder,
I think, from the Lord of his covenant, his promise,"
said Towle. "I´m sure he will be with us in
prayer this morning as we pray the rosary."
and other Edmonton and area pro-lifers are trying to transform
people´s attitudes towards abortion.
During 40 Days for Life,
people take part in a vigil across from Women´s Health
Options at 12409-109A Ave. The goal is to awaken the
city to the fact that every human being, from conception
onwards, has the right to life.
The goal was
to have people praying 24/7 for the full 40 days,
from Sept. 22 to Oct. 31. Edmonton organizers were unable
to find enough people, however, and at times no one
is keeping vigil.
Towle participated in the campaign three
years ago, and returned Oct. 8 with a group of
five women, all friends.
"If we had a more
concerted effort from every parish in the city - we
have over 40 parishes - we could probably fill each
day with a different parish," said Towle.
can be prayer warriors, and collectively can help put an
end to abortion through diligent prayers and fasting, she said.
"This is an important cause for us as moms
and women in our communities, so we´re here to pray
for other women," said Kim Bombak, a parishioner at St.
Vital Parish in Beaumont.
Since the "moms group" meets
on a regular basis anyway, coming together for a pro-life
cause was easy for them to arrange. She wanted to
show pregnant women there is support for them, and she
hopes that a few will change their minds about aborting
Alberta Life Issues Educational Society (ALIES) is
not directly affiliated with the 40 Days for Life effort.
The Back Porch is not a base for the vigil.
However, Amanda Gaudet, ALIES executive director, said they support
the campaign and believe prayer is essential to winning the
battle for life.
While the women do not know
how their presence across from the abortion clinic affects others,
Elizabeth Woytuik continues having faith that through their prayer God
will do what is necessary, and babies´ lives will be
Woytuik used to work in the same neighbourhood
as the abortion clinic and thought about the clinic whenever
she drove by. She would read in the WCR about
people coming out and praying, and decided to do the
"I´m a little bit nervous, a little anxious,"
Woytuik said. "Throughout our lives we all have experience with
the culture of death in our society, so it is
a little bit anxiety-ridden, but on the other hand it
For information, call Karen Richert at 780-425-1637
or visit the website atwww.40DaysforLife.com/Edmonton.