Rochester, Ithaca pro-lifers keep vigil - Catholic Courier

Rochester, Ithaca pro-lifers keep vigil

ROCHESTER — David says he doesn’t prefer the term "abortion survivor."

He thinks of himself as "the one that got away."

He owes his life to the fact that in 1960, when his mother was using knitting needles to attempt to end her fifth pregnancy, something made her stop.

It might have been the pain, the blood or the anguish, said David, who asked that his last name not be used. Whatever the reason, he said he is grateful to see the sun rise every morning.

"I thank God because I was given something a lot of babies aren’t," he said of the chance to be born.

David spoke to 40 Days for Life Campaign volunteers Sept. 22 during a campaign kickoff at Our Lady of the Americas Parish. Local campaigns in Rochester and Ithaca have three parts: 40 days of prayer and fasting, a round-the-clock peaceful vigil and pro-life community outreach.

Rochester vigil participant Sue Waterstraat said during last year’s campaign she met a woman who reconsidered having an abortion after seeing a Scripture verse on Waterstraat’s sign.

"I know she didn’t go through with it that day," Waterstraat said. "That was powerful."

EDITOR’S NOTE: 40 Days for Life Campaign volunteers are needed; details are available at, by calling Rick Paoletti at 585-489-9555, or e-mailing ROC40DFL@gmail.comor Mary Anne Tissot in Ithaca at

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