Today marks the midpoint of this 40 Days for Life campaign. The blessings are more than we can count! One thing we HAVE been able to count is the number of turnarounds reported by local campaign teams.
So far, there have been 229 babies saved from abortion — that we know of! Let’s go straight to a few of these amazing stories.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
“You’re not helping anything,” she screamed. “These women need someone to care for them, not harass them.”
One of the volunteers tried to explain the vigil, but the woman wasn’t interested. She just shouted some more — and drove off. That was a bit unsettling, but the pair continued to pray — specifically for the young woman they were watching. She was sitting with her mother in a parked car. Neither woman got out of the car. About 20 minutes later, they started the engine and headed towards the exit.
One of the volunteers walked in their direction and asked them if they needed help. The young woman said she had arrived for an abortion. “But because of you on the sidewalk, I’m not going to go through with it.”
What a testimony to this volunteer’s commitment to stick with it even in the face of persecution!
CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY
The 40 Days for Life team in Cherry Hill reports nine turnarounds so far this campaign.
One woman arrived for an abortion had several children and faced some serious financial challenges. But she changed her mind when she saw an ultrasound image.
Volunteers also spoke to three young women who were heading towards the abortion center. One was there for an abortion.
The vigil participant told her that judging from their expressions, it was obvious that this was a sad day. This volunteer told the group that they needed to be aware of all the help that’s available.
With that, the young woman stood in the driveway for a while — talking to her friends. She never went inside the abortion facility. The three friends left — all looking very much happier.
Pro-lifers in Houston are blessed with a mobile clinic that can often be found parked outside the huge Planned Parenthood abortion center.
Volunteers recently spoke to a man on the sidewalk, who told them his wife had gone into Planned Parenthood for an abortion. After a short discussion, he called his wife and asked her to come outside to the mobile clinic.
She left Planned Parenthood, but seemed reluctant to enter the mobile clinic — until she was offered a free ultrasound.
“We were able to show her on the ultrasound her unborn child with its heart just beating away,” said one of the volunteers. “Her attitude immediately changed and she began to smile. She left our bus with proof of pregnancy, doctor referrals and a beautiful baby blanket.”
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
“The closer I got to actually doing it, the more I wanted to turn back due to fear,” wrote one first-time vigil participant. “As soon as I arrived at the facility and was welcomed by God’s church … a sense of peace came over me. I knew I was right where I belonged.”
A woman walked up and thanked the prayer team for being there. “She had just gotten back from a doctor’s appointment elsewhere. Although she and her husband have a child, they have not been able to conceive for seven years.”
The volunteers asked if they could pray with the woman. “We all circled closely to her and after praying, this young woman left with teary eyes — and I will never be the same. Praise God!”
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
A volunteer wrote that passersby often say, “I didn’t know they did abortions here.”
“People are usually shocked and not happy that there is an abortion clinic they never knew about right in their neighborhood,” she wrote.
“This alone is a powerful reason to keep a prayer presence so that people will know that abortions are being done and spread the word. Women will now have pause — because everyone knows that it is really an abortion clinic.”
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
A young man stopped by one morning while the facility was closed and asked what was going on.
“I explained about 40 Days for Life and that we are a prayer vigil praying for babies’ lives to be saved,” wrote a prayer volunteer. She told him of how — 40 years ago — she considered having an abortion herself. But “God was able to convict me that abortion is wrong and that I couldn’t do it.”
The young man then said his own mother had thought about aborting him!
“I said I was so happy that his mother wasn’t aborted because then he wouldn’t be here talking to me today! He looked like he hadn’t thought of that before. Keep praying, even when the doors are closed because everyone who sees us there praying can be touched. God is sending answers before we even finish praying!”
“This is the first 40 Days for Life in which my hour is at a time when they are closed,” wrote a vigil participant. “At first I wondered how much good I was doing, but the Lord reassured me of the power of prayer to overcome the hold Satan has on these places and to reach the hearts of all involved or living nearby.”
She recalled the story of a young woman who had driven by one day when there was just one person praying. She had an abortion appointment — but when she saw that person praying, she changed her mind.
“We never know who’s driving by at any time of day and how their hearts might be changed. Thank you for 40 Days for Life!”
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.