Latest 40 Days for Life Sees Babies Saved From Abortions

Opinion   |   Shawn Carney   |   Mar 13, 2011   |   12:36PM   |   Washington, DC

This is the first report of babies saved so far during this 40 Days for Life campaign. I know we are ONLY THREE DAYS into the campaign, but God has no time limit on working miracles — here are just a few:

Rockford, Illinois

On Wednesday, the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign, a young woman pulled into the abortion center’s parking lot. “She and a friend sat in their car for over 20 minutes,” wrote James. “The young mother kept looking over at the pro-lifers praying.”

She would look at the sign with a picture of a baby in the womb — and then cover her eyes.

“As time went on, she kept looking over at the people praying and she would look for a longer period of time,” James said. “Finally she rolled down her window and listened to a counselor speak to her of the love and help available.”

On a typical Wednesday, this facility in Rockford performs 15 abortions. “Today, because of the power of prayer,” said James, “that number was cut in half to seven.”

Here are photos of the 40 Days for Life vigil in Rockford:

Beaumont, Texas

“We arrived early to pray at the abortion facility,” said Eileen, the local coordinator of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Beaumont.

“The good news is that the water was turned off due to the construction activity going on nearby. We were elated thinking no abortions could be performed due to lack of water.”

The prayer volunteers had an opportunity to talk to one of the construction workers in the area.

“He is proud to call himself a Christian, reads the Word every day, and is most vehement about the evil of abortion,” said Eileen. The volunteers invited him to come and join when he has time off, and he said he would try to do so.

“I believe in what y’all are doing,” he said. “I wish I had more time to do this type work. We need more people doing this, that’s for sure.”

Wilmington, Delaware

“We had a victory for life today in Wilmington, Delaware at the Planned Parenthood on Shipley Street,” wrote Elizabeth, who tells her story on the 40 Days for Life blog.

Elizabeth was praying alone when a young man walked out of the abortion center, tossed his hands in the air, shook his head and sadly said, “I tried.” He had tried to talk his girlfriend out of having an abortion, but she just wasn’t listening.

He sent the young woman a text message, telling her that Elizabeth was outside praying for her. Soon, she came out and said it was too late – she had already paid $500 and she was going through with it.

She went back inside. The young man couldn’t handle it. He drove away.

But Elizabeth kept praying. She spoke to a second young couple and told them about the situation, and asked if they could go into Planned Parenthood to tell this first young woman that someone was still outside praying for her.

They went inside. About 10 minutes later, the woman who was scheduled for an abortion came out.

“I asked her if she had chosen life for her child,” Elizabeth wrote, “and she said yes!” Elizabeth gave her a big hug.

“Please,” said Elizabeth, “even if you are the sole person witnessing to life as I was today, know that with God, all things are possible.” 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.