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Posted on 01/28/2004 10:17:57 AM PST by EsclavoDeCristo

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Persevering Students Help
Close Abortion Clinic

(January 22, 2004)
Students of Thomas Aquinas College pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Ventura, CA.

On the left, from foreground back: Bridget McBryan, Matt Nelson, Marisa Bemis, Thomas von Clef

On the right, from foreground back: Patrick Seo, Maria Six, Maria Ford

SANTA PAULA, CA—It took them six years, but students at Thomas Aquinas College helped close a Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion clinic in Ventura through their persistent weekly prayer and sidewalk counseling efforts in front of the clinic on days abortions were being performed.

In an interesting twist, the date of the clinic's closing also marked the sixth anniversary of the untimely death of another Thomas Aquinas College student, 19-year-old Angela Baird, who launched this pro-life prayer and sidewalk counseling ministry months before she died. After a freak hiking accident, Angela offered what sadly turned out to be her last sufferings for the victims of abortion. Student numbers in front of the clinic swelled to more than 100 the day after Angela's death, and eventually leveled off to 10 to 15 students, twice a week.

"I am very proud of our students," says Fr. Michael Perea, O.Praem., college chaplain. "They take a lot of initiative and they are a witness to the power of persistent, "knock on the door" prayer. They are true prayer warriors. Most of our campus ministries—and our pro-life group is no exception—are spontaneous in character. Students faithfully passed down this ministry to the unborn—and the story of the young woman who started it—from year to year."

"I know the success we had at FPA was considerable," says freshman and sidewalk counselor Arianna Grumbine, 18, from Whittier, California. "Once, the clinic changed its schedule for abortions. In speaking with girls leaving the clinic and with boyfriends waiting, we learned that no one had been given another option either in the clinic or before we arrived. So I know it made a difference for us to be there."

With the FPA clinic closed, the students now focus their attention and prayers on a Planned Parenthood clinic also located in Ventura.

Students pray in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Ventura, CA.

On the left, from foreground back: Stephanie Erramouspe, Rebecca Chirdon, Bridget McBryan, Matt Nelson, Marisa Bemis, Thomas von Clef

On the right, from foreground back: Meghan Patterson, Anna Kummer, Patrick Seo, Maria Six, Maria Ford

As they did at FPA, students follow a two-page prayer sheet that includes the entire 20-Mystery Rosary, the Salve Regina, a Divine Mercy Chaplet and intercessory prayers to Blessed Gianna Molla and such deceased friends of the college as former chaplain Fr. Thomas McGovern, S.J., former graduate and tutor Norman DeSilva, and of course, Angela Baird.

Mike Martin, a 21-year-old junior from Seattle, has been involved with the college's pro-life prayer group since he first came to the college.

"I've always been pro-life; that's never been an issue," explains Martin, "but I think it's really good to perform some action, to put what you believe and have learned into action. I know it's good for my soul. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. I'm doing something with my education."

Meghan Patterson, a 19-year-old freshman from Temecula, California, agrees. "This is something concrete to do beyond prayer. It's something anyone can do. It's beautiful if you are able to see the fruits of your work, but even if you don't see the fruits, even if a baby isn't saved, you still know that you did all you possibly could to help save a life."

Patterson was the first to learn of the FPA clinic's closing. Students had noticed a decrease in clinic traffic and wondered if the schedule for abortions had changed again. Meghan, who was new to the prayer group that day, inquired inside. She learned that the clinic was closing and that this day was the last day for follow-up visits. "When I went outside to tell the others," explains Patterson, "someone remembered that it was the day Angela had died. When she said this, we all choked up and realized it was like a miracle."

"Sidewalk counseling and praying before an abortion clinic has definitely changed my life." says Grumbine. "It's a totally different thing to stand in front of a place where you know people are being killed, where you see woman after woman going in and then leaving, crying. It brings the reality of abortion home."

Grumbine and Bridget McBryan, a sophomore from Philadelphia, are the primary sidewalk counselors this year. They gently try to let the women know that they care about them and that there are other options. Their hand-out literature includes information on Project Rachel, which offers post-abortion counseling.

McBryan says, candidly, "It affects your life to be involved. I don't always feel like going. It's hard for me to do the sidewalk counseling, but there is such a need. Just knowing that I do this every week puts things in perspective for me. It keeps me aware that there is evil in this world, and I need to be doing my part to prevent its spread."

"It's typical of most of our students here," notes Fr. Michael. "They seek ways to put into action what they learn here—in the community at large, in their families, and in all aspects of their lives. Their commitment to live their faith has manifested itself in different ways over the years—in the institution of daily campus Adoration and Benediction, in a regular evening Rosary in the chapel, in community novenas, a Legion of Mary evangelization ministry, a prison ministry, pro-life prayer groups and more. The students start all of these things on their own and pass them down from one generation to the next. To see this kind of faith in our students is a real inspiration for all of us."


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1 posted on 01/28/2004 10:17:58 AM PST by EsclavoDeCristo
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To: EsclavoDeCristo; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; ...
The Power of Prayer!

This is truly wonderful news!! Thank you for posting this thread!


Students of Thomas Aquinas College pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Ventura, CA.


Students pray in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Ventura, CA.

2 posted on 01/28/2004 10:48:34 AM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: EsclavoDeCristo
**students at Thomas Aquinas College helped close a Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion clinic in Ventura through their persistent weekly prayer and sidewalk counseling efforts in front of the clinic on days abortions were being performed.**

A big bump for these young adult Catholics!! (Too often they slip through the cracks in our parish faith formation!)


3 posted on 01/28/2004 10:50:34 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All; Coleus; cpforlife.org
Ping!

Closure Threatens Clinic in Eugene School

Eugene Abortion Clinic Closes; Surprising Many (Hooray!!!)

Planned Parenthood will shut down 3 clinics (Indiana)

Persevering Students Help Close Abortion Clinic

4 posted on 01/28/2004 10:51:38 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
Prayer works everytime! Even when we don't see the results right away!
5 posted on 01/28/2004 10:52:54 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: 2nd amendment mama; A2J; Agitate; Alouette; Annie03; aposiopetic; attagirl; axel f; Balto_Boy; ...
ProLife Ping!

If anyone wants on or off my ProLife Ping List, please notify me here or by freepmail.

6 posted on 01/28/2004 11:37:03 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empt the third murder attempt-- Pray for Terry Schiavo!)
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To: Salvation
Wow ... you came up will all those stories!! Truly remarkable - you will NEVER hear this in the mainstream media. Thanks for posting the links!
7 posted on 01/28/2004 1:28:36 PM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: EsclavoDeCristo
Awesome thing...and totally non-violent!

Totally the way to make things happen!
8 posted on 01/28/2004 1:48:10 PM PST by Daphne
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To: EsclavoDeCristo
Good News! bump
9 posted on 01/28/2004 1:55:14 PM PST by miltonim
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To: NYer
Thank you NYer for the beautiful post. Over here we have the efforts of the students of Franciscan University, Stuebenville, Ohio and the students of St. Vincents Academy in Latrobe, PA who pray at the abortion mills here in the Pittsburgh area. I am very proud to have two wonderful granddaughters who have participated in these efforts.
PA Lurker
10 posted on 01/28/2004 7:15:10 PM PST by PA Lurker
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To: NYer
**you will NEVER hear this in the mainstream media. **

I guess that is why I saved these stories. And pro-life is one of my pet projects, although I am not actively involved in any marches, etc.
11 posted on 01/28/2004 8:09:40 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
It's about time some good kids got the media's attention.
12 posted on 01/29/2004 1:14:57 PM PST by jbemis
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To: Salvation; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
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14 posted on 01/29/2004 8:28:24 PM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/892053/posts)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the ping!
15 posted on 01/29/2004 8:31:45 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: NYer
Why aren't we all doing this?
16 posted on 01/30/2004 12:53:07 PM PST by jbemis
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To: EsclavoDeCristo; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; ...

Small world, I know the mother of one of the students praying at this Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion mill in CA, she prays at a mill in NJ! Sorry for the double ping.

http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/news/pressroom/releases/2004/clinic_closed.html


17 posted on 06/01/2004 8:09:25 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus

Coleus,Nice post ping.


18 posted on 06/01/2004 8:18:40 PM PDT by fatima (My Granddaughter Karen is Home-WOOHOO We unite with all our troops and send our love-)
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To: EsclavoDeCristo; Coleus

What a fantastic and inspiring story!! It seems miraculous!


19 posted on 06/01/2004 8:20:46 PM PDT by Sun (Slavery was justifed by claiming the victims were not people; abortion is justified that way today.)
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To: EsclavoDeCristo; Coleus

Correction: It IS miraculous.


20 posted on 06/01/2004 8:29:13 PM PDT by Sun (Slavery was justifed by claiming the victims were not people; abortion is justified that way today.)
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To: milford421

Thought you would be interested in this story.

(aka, "Sunny") :)


21 posted on 06/01/2004 8:31:52 PM PDT by Sun (Slavery was justifed by claiming the victims were not people; abortion is justified that way today.)
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To: jbemis

**Why aren't we all doing this?**

Good question>


22 posted on 06/01/2004 9:54:52 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: jbemis
"Why aren't we all doing this?"

Abortion will end when the church of Jesus Christ wants it to end.
Harsh? Sure, but in Bridgeport, like all cities, we have hundreds of churches and only 20 people come out on Killing Days to pray and intercede for the mommies and their babies.
If even just a thousand showed up on the sidewalk, the abortuary would close down.
So, what's wrong with His church on earth that we allow this to continue? Frustrated minds want to know..........

23 posted on 06/02/2004 3:39:54 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Salvation; jbemis
Why aren't we all doing this?

It's easier than you may think. In Philadelphia (and most metropolitan areas) there are two options:

You can go to any abortion mill on a Saturday morning and pray with the folks there. If nobody else is there, just start saying a Rosaary and people will join you.

The other option is to go to a hospital on a Sunday morning after Mass. It's my experience that ALL hospitals (sadly, even the Catholic ones) perform abortions and most are quite open about it. There is usually already a group outside, but if there isn't, go ahead and make a sign. If you don't want to get arrested, keep walking in a circle. I guarantee you there will be people out there with you the next Sunday. Once a protest site has been established, you really don't have to go every week.

If we Christians committed one weekend morning a month...

24 posted on 06/02/2004 5:44:24 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: Psalm 73
If even just a thousand showed up on the sidewalk, the abortuary would close down.

Take heart. Sometimes a few committed loudmouths can shut a place down. We were able to shut down a clinic in King of Prussia just this last year. On any given Saturday, there would be anywhere from 5 to 20 protestors. Only on Respect Life Sunday in October we'd get thousands from local Churches for an awe inspiring life chain.

But the zoning board in Lower Merion Township just didn't want to deal with the noise from the handful of pro-lifers anymore. Of course the owner is trying to appeal it all the way up to the Supreme Court, but he really has no leg to stand on.

25 posted on 06/02/2004 5:50:19 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: old and tired; Salvation; jbemis; Psalm 73
Priests for life lists ALL Abortion Mills and ALL Catholic Churches Nearby
26 posted on 06/02/2004 1:16:21 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Sun

Thank you Sunny. The power of the Rosary...
How refreshing to see the faith of these college kids put into action.


27 posted on 06/03/2004 7:34:59 AM PDT by milford421
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To: EsclavoDeCristo

God bless these wonderful prayer warriors!!!!


28 posted on 01/19/2005 6:48:15 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Click on my name to see what readers have said about my Christian novels!)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

More good news, he’s now a seminarian!!


29 posted on 07/21/2013 8:10:56 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: jbemis

Good question!


30 posted on 07/21/2013 9:37:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: EsclavoDeCristo

More good news to start the week. Thanks for posting it.


31 posted on 07/22/2013 3:04:49 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (GOTS: Food, water, guns, ammo, useful skills, cash, and precious metals.)
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To: old and tired

Hmmmm.

So what are the legalities of protesting an abortuary? Or praying outside of one? Do you know? I think under klinton some laws were passed that make it more difficult to do so.


32 posted on 07/22/2013 3:14:02 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (GOTS: Food, water, guns, ammo, useful skills, cash, and precious metals.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Depends on local zoning. In Upper Merion, we had to either stand outside a certain line or if we were on the sidewalk inside boundaries we had to keep moving. Stand still and the police could’ve escorted us out of there.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 4:56:12 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: EsclavoDeCristo
it was like a miracle

It was a miracle. Blessed be God forever.

34 posted on 07/22/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Coleus

Thanks for the ping. I hadn’t heard about this one. Excellent news.


35 posted on 07/22/2013 6:52:59 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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