The Prayers come to the abortion centre to pray for an hour or more, at any time that the babies are going to be aborted. They carry on a most important spiritual battle, as they stand outside the centre. They pray in a spirit of reparation: for their own sins; the sin of abortion; and particularly for the deaths that will occur while they stand outside on that day.
They pray for women going into the centre: for the abortionist and staff; for the neighbouring community; for their legislators; for the religious leaders of the country; and for all who, through indifference, do nothing to try to stop abortion.
The Prayers provide spiritual and moral support for the Pavement Counsellors. They are essential. Before a mother is able to physically abort her child, a ‘spiritual abortion’ must take place within her heart. By the time she arrives at the abortion centre, she will have already rejected her child. This ‘spiritual abortion’ must be overcome by spiritual means before the mother can change her mind about the physical abortion. By their sacrifice and prayer, the Prayers obtain the grace of God that is needed to reverse the ‘spiritual abortion’, while at the same time the Pavement Counsellors are working to prevent the physical abortion of the child.
The Prayers are also there to give a personal love to God’s babies who will die that day. Just as John the Baptist was able to leap for joy in Elizabeth’s womb because he was aware of presence of the love of Jesus and Mary (remember that it was at the sound of Mary’s voice that he leapt in his mother’s womb), so too will the babies joyfully leap in their mothers’ wombs when they hear the voices of the Prayers. They will know they are loved.
The Pavement Counsellors are the ones who approach the woman going in to have the abortion and ask her to reconsider her decision. It is surprising that the woman often has not been given much factual information about what happens in an abortion. The Pavement Counsellors educate her about the baby’s biological development in her womb, and help her to understand the exact manner in which the abortion will kill her child. They will also warn her of the physical harm the abortion may cause to her own body.
Counsellors offer pregnant women spiritual, medical and financial help and also counsel anyone who is with her.
If the mother decides to go ahead with the abortion, she will still be loved and cherished. She will be offered the help she needs if she changes her mind or after an abortion.
There are some people who want to be present at the abortion centre but are physically unable to come. These Spiritual Supporters are present with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in spirit. They contribute prayers and sacrifices made during the week and offer them up for the work of The Helpers.
Some of the Spiritual Supporters are small children who are still in school. They make small sacrifices, such as giving up one night of television. They pray the Prayer Card of the Precious Infants for the work of those who go out to the places where the babies are being aborted.
Other Spiritual Helpers are “housebound” or terminally ill patients in hospitals, who offer their sufferings and the pains of their condition to God for the purposes and intentions of the Helpers and everyone involved. There are also religious communities, called to a life of contemplation and prayer, providing powerful spiritual backup.