Latest 40 Days for Life Campaign Saves 178 Kids From Abortion

Opinion   |   Shawn Carney   |   Mar 28, 2011   |   11:34AM   |   Washington, DC

I just got a note from a 40 Days for Life volunteer who was overwhelmed with joy. The message read, “I’m doing a praise dance right now!” The reason? Another life spared from abortion!

Anyone who knows me, especially my poor wife, knows that I can’t dance. But with 178 lives saved – that we know of – during this 40 Days for Life campaign, I may have to take lessons. We do give the praise and glory to God for these lives. In fact, here are a few stories of babies who almost didn’t make it through the weekend but will now have life — Praise God indeed.

Two churches teamed up recently to pray and stand vigil outside the only abortion clinic in Lexington.

“Usually, there are from 5 to 9 abortions on Thursdays,” said Jayne in Lexington. “But for some reason, there were none on that day! The only person there the whole day was the office manager. We thank and praise God for his many blessings and we thank everyone who came to spend time in prayer.”

What an encouraging day,” said Marcia in Virginia Beach. “Another couple chose life for their child!”

A man and woman drove into the Planned Parenthood lot – right past people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil. One person held a sign with the phone number of the local pregnancy resource center.

But the couple never even got out of the car. Instead, they got on the phone – and then turned around and left. As they exited the driveway, they pointed to the sign – and said they were going to the pro-life center because they had decided to keep their baby.

“Praise God!” said Marcia.

A woman and her husband had an appointment for an abortion one morning, but upon seeing the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers, the woman began to cry.

A counselor spent a lot of time talking with them and referred them to a pregnancy resource center. Another volunteer got a follow-up call from the woman, and she confirmed that although she faces a number of health problems, she has decided to keep her baby.

Please keep her in your prayers.

“Our prayerful presence outside Everett Planned Parenthood,” notes one 40 Days for Life team member, “was critical.”

“Please keep up the prayers to close the Planned Parenthood in Plattsburgh,” said Nancy. “By the looks of the numbers of customers going in, they are losing business. God IS hearing our prayers!”

“I know the prayers are having an enormous effect on those working at the abortion center,” said the director of a pregnancy help and education facility near the abortion center.

“On a Friday, no abortions took place, no abortionist entered their clinic — which never happens,” she said. “I don’t know what is going on, but I trust God and know that the evil one is not happy with our presence. Keep praying!” 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.