THE CATHOLIC HERALD DECEMBER 22, 2006
CHRISTMAS TIME! ʻPEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TOALL MENʼ ...BUT STILL THE UNBORN PERISH During advent 16,800 babies will be destroyed by abortion in Britain
Dear Catholic Herald reader, Long ago, a young pregnant girl called Mary was told that there would be no room for her or her baby. And this Christmas, 700 young pregnant women will be told the very same thing. Will you help me change this? The Abortion ‘industry’ doesn’t shut down for Christmas. In fact, the festive season is one of its busiest times of the year. That’s right, many tiny, innocent little lives will be lost this Christmas 16,800 during advent alone. I need you to help me stop this carnage. Like Rachel weeping for her children [Matt:2vs.18] Who will shed a tear for these lost lives? Who will comfort the shocked, often guilt-ridden, women - pausing, only a heartbeat away from making the biggest mistake of their lives? For them, this Christmas and every other Christmas for the rest of their lives, could be a lonely miserable time, haunted by sickening memories and crushing guilt unlesswe do something to alleviate their pitiful situation. But what will the overwhelming majority of Christians do?
As usual this Christmas, many Christians will be fully indulged in a self-satisfying spending frenzy, showering their children with every conceivable toy, game and trinket under heaven. And that is up to them, however, who will remember those much less fortunate than themselves?
Experience the real meaning of Christmas
This Christmas, I am asking you and many others to really, really live the Christian message of Christmas. I need you to open your heart and: help someone make it through Christmas. Protect the countless innocent babies and mothers facing the misery of an abortion. Nothing is more important. Surely you can see how wonderful that would be? Right now, LifeLeague volunteers are once again gearing up for a cold Christmas out on the streets of Britain and Ireland. We plan to extend “emergency cover”, right throughout the festive season, at as many abortion and referral facilities that we possible can. I simply must provide this unique service throughout the Christmas period as no one else will. Lives are literally hanging in the balance.
Men and Women volunteer to serve the needy
Its like this. If I and other LifeLeague volunteers don’t turn out, then hundreds of women will be completely left alone
and vulnerable with only the abortion clinic to turn to. I simply cannot even contemplate this, but I need your help, and I need it now, in order to avert this annual disaster. You see, I have organised volunteers. However, to provide national cover, I will have to organise transport, food, and in some areas, emergency accommodation for women who decide to keep their babies. As usual, this costs money. Our volunteers are heroically chipping in all they can, but at this time of year, money is tight, as you and I well know. Many of our volunteers also struggle to make ends meet.
Sacrificing this Christmas for the Innocents
LifeLeague’s finances are seriously depleted after yet another full year of campaigning, so I have no alternative but to ask you to help me. I know your finances are hard stretched at this time of year, as are everyone’s. But surely, as we celebrate the birth of one small baby, our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST, it would be shameful not to do all in our power to protect the 16,800 babies, made in HISimage and likeness, who will be purposely and painfully put to death during the festive season of 2006. Surely if we can afford to ‘eat, drink and be merry’, we can sacrifice of ourselves financially to give a tiny baby the chance to share this world with us!
Open your heart for the unborn
I implore you not to forget our unborn babies and their mothers this Christmas. Please open your heart to their plight by helping me provide personal counselling, emergency care and prayer vigils throughout the country. Help me provide practical help to those with no-one else to turn to this Christmas. You and I both know that many lives will be saved by this project, and the plain truth is, if I don’t organise volunteers to man their posts across the country, noone else will. This means that young women will be left easy prey to family pressures and smooth-talking ‘counsellors’ in the abortion clinics.
Some people willing to give their all
I have pulled together a group of volunteers for this mission. These brave individuals are willing to exchange their Christmas in front of a warm fire, surrounded by friends and family, for a cold, wet Christmas out on the streets just so that vulnerable women can have someone to turn to. So please, send a gift, no matter how small - today. Even on Christmas Eve,
when we are busy with our families and church services, seven hundred women will be travelling from all over the UK and Ireland to abortion clinics - about to destroy their own babies. We cannot allow this to go unchallenged. Only our volunteers stand between these woman and the abortion clinic.
Babies will die, even on Christmas day
enjoy Christmas with our children and grandchildren while thousands of unborn children shamefully perish? Yet, some refuse to do anything about it. I’m sure you will agree with me that the thought of leaving thousands of young mums and babies alone, without help, at the ‘mercy’ of abortion clinics, is just too ghastly to contemplate.
What would our Lord want you to do?
Even as we look forward expectantly to celebrating the birth of our Saviour remember that this very same Christmas night, seven hundred tiny, innocent babies will be purged from a world that had no room or love for them - the equivalent of wiping out two whole Primary schools! Therefore, I pray that you will understand how urgent this request is. If our selfless volunteers can save just one child, then their efforts will have been worth it. My estimated costs for the project are £8250. In the scale of things, this is normally not a massive amount for our organisation to raise but, at Christmas time, it’s impossible to raise even meagre funds. So please, don’t cast this letter aside until you have your cheque written out. I am depending on your support to help these young girls and their precious babies.
Life or Death situation
I cannot stress enough just how vital your contribution is. Think about it - how could we possible
Please, this Christmas, remember the words of our Lord: “Suffer the little children to come unto Me”.I need your financial help to make those words a reality, please support this mission of mercy. Please send the most generous pro-life gift that you can - today. Babies saved by this project will be the best Christmas present any of us could ever ask for.
Thank you so much indeed for your help. Yours in life,
Jamess Dowson James Dowson National Co-ordinator P.S. Christmas is a special, but heartbreaking time for us. It’s a time when children are, quite rightly, exalted and pampered. Yet, the plight of unborn babies and their young mothers is often ignored. Please remember the mothers, unborn babies and LifeLeague volunteers who will be out on the streets this year as you are saying grace over your Christmas dinner. Pray for me. I’ll be praying for you.
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