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508 Babies Saved From Abortion as 40 Days for Life Closes

by Shawn Carney | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/7/11 10:34 AM

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Another 40 Days for Life campaign has come to an end — and we can look back now at lives forever changed. During these 40 days, there have been  508 lives saved — that we know of — because of God’s response to your prayer!

From past campaigns, we expect the number to KEEP GROWING, as our local campaign leaders get their final reports in.

In the coming days, keep an eye on your inbox for some exciting news and developments that have been in the works during this campaign and for the past few months!

But for today, let’s look at some of the ways lives have been changed during 40 Days for Life — and thank God for his abundant blessings during this time of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS
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A volunteer spoke a teenaged couple approaching the abortion center and learned that the girl just found out she was pregnant. She was afraid of telling her parents and wanted to go behind their backs to get a judicial bypass — a court order — in order to have an abortion.

Her boyfriend was not in favor of the abortion, but reluctantly said he supported her because it was her decision.

“I showed them what her baby might look like, based on how far along she thought she was — six weeks,” said the vigil participant. “I also discussed alternatives and resources that I could connect her with.”

The couple walked into the abortion center, but soon left “with smiles of joy and satisfaction. They had decided to not to have an abortion,” said the volunteer.

“Praise God!”

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OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
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The 40 Days for Life team in Overland Park had gotten a call from the 40 Days for Life leaders in Columbia, Missouri. Planned Parenthood’s Columbia abortionist had quit, so this office was sending women to Planned Parenthood in Overland Park for abortions.

A volunteer spoke to a couple who had shown up for an appointment in Overland Park. He asked the couple if they were from Columbia — they looked shocked — and said in fact they were. So he shared some pro-life information with them.

They never made it inside the building, however. It was closed! No one had shown up for work that day — there was no explanation.

Later, another couple showed up, knocked, tried the intercom — nothing. There was still no one there. They also took information from the volunteers and left.

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LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
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A young woman stopped to talk to a 40 Days for Life prayer volunteer outside the abortion center.

“She was pregnant,” the vigil participant said, “and gave me many reasons as to why she should have an abortion.” She said the father was not around, she used drugs and she wouldn’t be a good mother.

“I simply reminded her that God had a plan for her and her baby, and that He would take care of her. I referred her to the pregnancy resource center a few doors down from Planned Parenthood.”

They prayed, and the volunteer gave the young woman a hug, after which she said, “I’m out of here.”

As she left Planned Parenthood, she rolled down the window and waved goodbye. “She was crying,” said the vigil participant. “I’m still praying for her.”

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SHARONVILLE, OHIO
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A vigil participant in Sharonville says a woman pulled into the driveway and stopped to talk to her.

“She thanked me for praying,” said the volunteer. “She said that a few days earlier she was driving by and was considering an abortion. She has five boys and is pregnant with a girl. Her husband of twenty-plus years has left her.”

This woman told the 40 Days for Life participant, “Never feel that what you are doing is in vain. It was your prayers that changed my mind and saved my little girl and me.”

“I prayed with her for quite some time,” said the volunteer. “It was extremely powerful.”

As we close the largest 40 Days for Life campaign in history … the following things can be said about what God can do in just 40 days:

40 days ago …
… there were children scheduled to be aborted who are alive today — 465 that we know of!

40 days ago …
… women were making abortion appointments — but now,
they’re preparing their lives to welcome a new baby boy or baby girl.

40 days ago …
… cold hearts that were annoyed at your peaceful presence at the abortion facility are now open to joining you in prayer.

40 days ago …
… you may have doubted what God could accomplish; and yet through your prayer, fasting and vigil … YOU have been spiritually blessed.

Babies … women … workers … hearts … minds — these are all impacted when we pray and bring light into the darkness!

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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
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Carolyn writes that a taxi driver pulled up in front of Planned Parenthood while she was praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil. She was carrying a sign reading, “we choose life.”

“The cab driver got out, said that he supported my effort, but asked me what was going on HERE that I should be standing HERE,” she said. “I told him I was praying for the end of abortion out in front of the Planned Parenthood offices here where abortions are done and pointed to the windows of the waiting room.”

He said he was aware of the evil of abortion because he knew that more than 50 million babies have died since Roe v. Wade, but he had no idea that abortions were done in that building.

“He was rather shocked,” said Carolyn, “and then he thanked me for my witness.”

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SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK
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“Prior to 40 Days for Life,” said Diane, “I wanted to get involved in prolife work but didn’t know how or thought I didn’t have the time to do so. The Lord changed that for me and opened a big door so that I am now able to be involved in 40 Days for Life and pro-life work.”

Through these 40 days, Diane has experienced changes in her life. “I’m willing to stand up for my faith and to be a witness,” she said. “I’m willing to take a risk and share my ideas with people. I have the opportunity to pray with people on the street who need God’s love and healing. I have new prayer partners and have made new friends.”

Diane’s 40 Days for Life campaign is certainly finishing strong. “Thank you for all of your prayers,” she said. “As you can see, they are working.”

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ON THE ROAD WITH DAVID BEREIT
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Speaking of finishing strong — David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, left his home in the Washington, DC area and drove to FIVE different 40 Days for Life vigil sites in eastern New York, spending 17 hours in the car driving between vigil sites in one day!

Also, over these final few days of this campaign, he visited 40 Days for Life locations in Virginia, North Carolina and Illinois.

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COBLESKILL, NEW YORK
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ALBANY, NEW YORK
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
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DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS
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LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion. He is the director of the Coalition for Life.