Below you will find a list of valuable resources that will help you with your 40 Days for Life experience in Seattle, WA.
To prepare yourself for the peaceful prayer and vigil….
Fasting – Lance Witt of Christian Ministry Online wrote a great piece about fasting: what it is and what it is not. It might inspire you to get even closer to God during this vigil.
Statistics – Well-written article with abortion statistics for Washington state. If you are a data person and want to get deep into the statistics around abortions in Washington (examples of the data available include: “ Induced Abortions of Residents by Woman’s Age and Weeks of Gestation” and “Age-Specific Rates and Abortion Ratios of Residents“).
Great books to read:
Won by Love by Norma McCorvery is the Roe of the decision Roe v. Wade. She had the baby and started working in the abortion industry, but then Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization, moved in next door to her abortion clinic and changed her life.
The Walls are Talking by Abby Johnson is about the life-changing experiences that transformed abortion workers, causing them to leave their jobs and tell their stories about the realities of abortion and abortion industry.
Unplanned The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson. The title says it all.
Redeemed by Grace by Ramona Trevino is Ramona’s autobiography documenting how her love of God from the age of 8 and her life experience gradually transformed her from a Planned Parent manager to a pro-life advocate.
40 days for Life by David Bereit & Shawn Carney explains the 40 Days for Life movement and tells the stories of people transformed and saved by the organization. A very good book to read to know more about the calling of the 40 Days for Life.
We Choose Life edited by Dave Sterrett is a collection of stories about regular people who have dedicated their lives to saving unborn children, their mothers and their fathers.
Websites that will give you information to help talk to young women visiting and the people who work at Planned Parenthood.
Resources to help young women when they have an unplanned pregnancy:
Being young and single and pregnant is a very scary situation. What options does a young woman have? What kind of help can she get? How does she make sure she makes the decision that will best best for her whole life?
- Nurturing Networks provide practical, life-saving services to women facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, including education options to continue her pregnancy and the life of her unborn child without sacrificing her own hopes and dreams. Call 1-800-TNN-4MOM, or email Ann@nurturingnetwork.org
- Stand Up Girl‘s popular Forum, Blog and Chat Room features connect young women from all over the world who share their real life stories of hope and courage. StandUpGirl.com team provides personal and individual guidance and concern to help them make a choice that both they and their baby can live with.
- Option Line provides free and confidential counseling as well as accurate information about pregnancy and pregnancy options. These centers support life-affirming choices; they do not refer women to abortion providers. Call (800) 712-HELP for support, or text HELPLINE to 313131
- Sally’s Lambs‘s mission is to encourage and support birth moms facing unplanned pregnancies. By working with established pregnancy care centers, adoption agencies and with birth mothers directly, Sally’s Lambs will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of birth mothers. Call Sally’s Lambs: (877) 517-4463 (ext. 804).
- Embrace Grace Single and Pregnant? You are not alone! Get plugged into an Embrace Grace group in your local area. In the Embrace Grace program, you will make new friends in similar circumstances, receive a baby shower with NEW baby items, and be inspired and filled with hope by friends, leaders and God. To find an Embrace Grace group near you, go to www.EmbraceGrace.com or email email@example.com.
- Birth Mothers: http://birthmothers.org
- Gladney Center for Adoption: pregnancyhotline.org, (800) 452-3639
- S.Department of Health and Human Services, Childwelfare Information Gateway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/
To learn more about the multiple options a woman has for support during the adoption process:
- National Council for Adoption provides information and resources for birthparents and prospective adoptive parents, specifically legislation, research, training, and upcoming events. On their iChooseAdoption site, you can learn about adoption, watch testimonial videos, read stories, find a nearby adoption agency, and more. call (703) 299-6633, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Catholic Charities provide options counseling, adoption placement services including: foster care, international adoption, special needs adoption and interstate adoption. They also provide post adoption services as well as search and reunion services. Call: (703)549-1390
- AdoptUsKids raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in public child welfare system. Recruit foster and adoptive families and connect them with children. Call : (888)200-4005
- Bethany Christian Services: The nation’s largest adoption & foster care agency that cares for women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on 5 continents. Call Bethany Christian Services: (800) BETHANY.
- Lifetime Adoption assists African American couples wanting to adopt and birth mothers seeking African-American families. Call Lifetime Adoption: (800)923-6783
- Faithful Adoption Consultants provides one of the most extensive and up-to-date lists of financial grant and loan information. Jessica, Laura, and Courtney assist parents through their adoption process and provide helpful answers to your adoption questions. Email at email@example.com, or call (678)559-2164.
- Adopted and Loved encourages adoptees, adoptive parents, and birthparents to “celebrate beautiful possibility.” This website is a great resource for adoptive families and for families interested in adoption.
Learn more about the abortion workers at Planned Parenthood and help them understand what options they may have:
- Abortionworker.com is focused on helping abortion workers leave the abortion industry. Here is a link to some printable brochures you might want to bring with you.
- Abby Johnson worked at Planned Parenthood, and now she works to end abortion . She believes that being pro-life is being pro-love, not only for the unborn but also for the elderly. Explore her website to learn more.
Here are some great resources to print out and take to the vigil:
- Five different brochures to print out, including: Adoption, Birth control, and especially inspiring the First Chapter of Unplanned by Abby Johnson.
- 8 printable brochures for abortion workers