Planned Parenthood Confronted by 40 Days for Life Campaigners

National   |   Shawn Carney   |   Mar 25, 2011   |   11:13AM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood is in trouble. And they have you to blame. Their federal funding (which accounts for one third of their total income) is threatened. They’re getting tons of bad publicity.

And there are people right now praying outside more than 100 Planned Parenthood offices during 40 Days for Life.

I’ve always paid close attention to the nation’s largest abortion chain. The first time I prayed in front of an abortion facility, it was a Planned Parenthood location.  That same Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas was also the birthplace of 40 Days for Life in 2004 and the location where Abby Johnson was the director before quitting her job after witnessing an ultrasound abortion.

So here’s an update on what Planned Parenthood is saying – and doing – in response to your presence outside, praying for an end to abortion.

These Missouri cities were visited by Planned Parenthood’s “big pink bus” recently. It’s basically a combination pep rally wagon / fundraising machine on wheels. Of course, 40 Days for Life participants were on hand to pray for an end to abortion while Planned Parenthood supporters were praising abortion.

The bus has numbers painted on its side – numbers of cancer screenings offered, STD tests conducted, and so forth. The number that is NOT posted is 5,320,095 – the number of abortions Planned Parenthood has done since 1970.


The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Houston calls the prayer vigil outside its iron gates and glass tower as “40 Days of Harassment.”

“From March 9 to April 17,” announces the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast web site, “protesters will attempt to keep women from coming to Planned Parenthood.”

As these “protesters” allegedly stand outside and “bully clients,” Planned Parenthood is asking its friends to stand with them and “support healthcare without harassment.” It’s all just a ploy to ask for donations.

By the way, Planned Parenthood has a special name for this building, which is the largest abortion center in the Western Hemisphere – “Prevention Park.” I think they really believe that. Please keep praying for these folks.


The 40 Days for Life vigil in Augusta is in progress outside Family Planning Association of Maine. It is not part of Planned Parenthood, but its director once worked for Planned Parenthood, and has adopted many of its practices.

This abortion center is lashing out against the campaign, calling it “40 Days of Lies.” Quite honestly, however, there isn’t a whole lot of truth coming out of this business.

“For the next forty days,” read an entry on FPA’s web site, “each time any of us come into or leave the building, we will be the targets of angry shouts and sign waving by anti-choice protesters.”

The truth is that the building is set far back from a lonely road, and the vigil is held on the opposite side of that road – an aerial photo posted on the Catholic Maine web site shows how far the vigil is from the front door – and how ridiculous is the allegation of harassment.

This business is also trying to use 40 Days for Life to raise funds – they’re calling their effort “Defend the Truth.” That’s about as honest as calling an abortion megaplex “Prevention Plaza.” 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.