On Their Knees: Family Intercedes for the Unborn

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GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Stop by the Rodriguez home in Germantown for dinner and you'll find it's teeming with life, love, and laughter.

It's also a house of prayer, something this family takes with them each week to the steps of one Maryland abortion clinic in nearby Washington, D.C.

The clinic was opened by late-term abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart, who had been under criminal investigation and barred from practicing in his home state of Nebraska.

"This late-term clinic, offering abortion until the moment of birth, was something that my children and I decided we wanted to do something about," Therese Rodriguez told CBN News.

For Rodriguez and her family, braving 20-degree weather for a couple of hours once or twice a week is a small price to pay if it means preventing abortions.

"Most women, they've made up their mind that this despair that the enemy hands to them is just so overpowering and this (abortion) is the way out," she said.

Rodriguez prays that the weekly turnout will cause others to consider their options.

"People walking, people waiting for the bus, people driving by -- it's an invitation just to see a face of love and compassion," she said.

Making a Difference

Grace Morrison started the weekly prayer vigil shortly after Carhart opened for business in Germantown. She said they're making a difference.

"That we know of, we've saved over 23 lives -- counseled the mothers. I've been able to hold two of the babies myself," she revealed.

While the March for Life is an important national event for the pro-life community, people who gather weekly in Germantown hope it will prompt a local response nationwide.

"I would like the March for Life to be channeled into a force for action," Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, with St. John Neumann Catholic Church, told CBN News.

"If Roe v. Wade continued for 20 more years in our community, we still intend to make it impossible for any abortionist to operate," he said.

For Rodriguez and the others, that's their ultimate goal.

But while the clinic is still open, she says they'll try to show God's love to women seeking abortions.

"My family's growing up with a little mission of prayer and actually praying for someone," Rodgriguez said.

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