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DAY 4: We are always here

September 30th, 2011 by admin

The media likes 40 Days for Life — and we have the abortion industry to thank.

No, I have not lost my mind just four days into the campaign!

Yes, I know at the national level, the media seems to have an agenda that’s radically in favor of abortion. But I’m seeing 40 Days for Life campaigns getting great coverage — and a fair shake — in local media outlets.

This is typically because the abortion center staff complains to the media — and tell the reporters and producers that they’re under a “violent siege” or that “extremist protesters are harassing patients.”

Of course, when the local media go to the vigil, they find moms praying with small children. Or high school students kneeling in prayer. Or businessmen praying on their lunch hour. Or an elderly couple praying quietly.

When this happens, the local media, pro-life or not, sees the vigil volunteers as the underdogs — and the abortion center workers come off as intolerant.

The staff’s overreaction is the catalyst for 40 Days for Life getting a fair treatment.

I just did a local media interview for a 40 Days for Life campaign, and this never fails. Here are a few examples.

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FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA
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The Fairfield Daily Republic reported on the local 40 Days for Life kickoff event — and included a picture of Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento leading the crowd of about 150 in prayer.

The opening vigil was held in front of a Planned Parenthood facility. One volunteer told the reporter that people would go there to pray “until they close this place.”

While the article quoted talking points from the Planned Parenthood web site, no one from the organization would speak to the reporter on the record.

In reference to the Planned Parenthood staff, another volunteer said, “We are here to pray for them as well. We’re not here to finger-point.”

To see the full story from the Fairfield Daily Republic, please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/3vdujcr

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AMARILLO, TEXAS
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KFDA-TV, the local CBS affiliate, covered the 40 Days for Life kickoff in Amarillo — and gave a very accurate description of the typical vigil: “There was no yelling, no protesting and no arguing, just a peaceful gathering of those fighting to end abortion.”

Local coordinator Stephanie Frausto noted that abortions are not performed at the facility where the vigil is held, but it’s often the first stop for abortion-minded women.

“So we are always here,” she said.

The reporter also noted, “While they prayed and sang songs, several also shared their testimonies, because they’re not just pushing to end abortion, but to also heal those who have had one.”

Here’s a link to the story and video from KFDA-TV:

http://tinyurl.com/4yyzbqa

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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Victoria’s first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign got the attention of the Goldstream News Gazette, which interviewed vigil participants outside a local abortion center.

“We are praying for women and their unborn children,” said volunteer Steve Weatherbe. “We are praying for women to change their minds and to keep their babies.”

People praying are restricted by a 30-meter buffer zone — that’s about 100 feet. But they did not let that discourage them.

The reporter quoted a member of a local pro-abortion group, who said she was “appalled it is going on for 40 days.” She predictably called the 40 Days for Life event “harassment.”

“This is not a protest,” countered Weatherbe. “It’s a prayer vigil.”

The only harassment anyone noted came in the form of pro-abortion slogans that were spray-painted on the sidewalk. Police are investigating the vandalism.

To see the full story from the Goldstream News Gazette, please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/3nthbc8

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day04print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: How is 40 Days for Life touching lives in your community? Please leave a comment below.

15 Responses to “DAY 4: We are always here”

  1. Nancy Cardin Says:

    Your in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless you with much FAVOR!

  2. Margaret Keller Says:

    I will keep you in my prayers. Keep the fight up against abortion.

  3. Monique Says:

    ROCKFORD — The Illinois Department of Public Health has suspended the operating license for the Rockford abortion clinic.

    The reasons for the suspension are outlined in a three-page notice, dated Sept. 29 and signed by Damon T. Arnold, the director of the state department.

    According to the notice, the department “found conditions at (the Northern Illinois Women’s Center) that are directly threatening to the public interest, health, safety and welfare requiring immediate, emergency action.”

    The center has a right to a hearing on the suspension, the notice states, which it has to request within 10 days of receiving the notice.

    It is expected to file a written answer to the state’s allegations within 20 days of receiving the notice.

    The center was first licensed in December 1992.

    The Northern Illinois Women’s Center is licensed as a pregnancy termination specialty center. Such centers are regulated under the state’s ambulatory surgical treatment center licensing requirements.

    The state has 139 ambulatory surgical treatment centers and nine pregnancy termination centers. According to Arnold, none of the state’s other pregnancy termination centers are under suspension or have had their licenses revoked in the past year.

    Copyright 2011 Rockford Register Star. Some rights reserved

  4. Elle Says:

    The Baby Prayer
    Dear Jesus, In your great Love and Mercy, touch the hearts of expectant mothers who are planning to have abortions.

    Give them the grace and strength to CHANGE their minds, and with your loving help they will give birth to the babies destined for them.

  5. Anna- Arms of Grace, Abortion Recovery Ministry Says:

    Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. (Proverbs 24:11)

    Father, thank you for those that are not afraid to speak the truth. As long as babies are dying from this tragedy of abortion we are all guilty. Strengthen us Lord that we might be able to continue to stand up and speak out to save the lives of the unborn children and prevent the wounding of women that takes place with abortion. Let your truth and love and healing flow over our nation as one heart at a time is turned back to you. We give you all the glory and praise in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  6. Juilane Bertagne Says:

    I notice that the comments on the Fairfield Daily Republic website are very pro-abortion. I suppose that the supporters of Planned Parenthood feel they have to defend the organization, since no one actually spoke to the reporter for this story. Same old distortions of the truth, talking points, how sad and tiresome they are!

  7. SandraKucharski Says:

    Yesterday at the vigil, an older couple came walking toward those at the vigil site in Worcester MA. When they stopped, our vigil coordinator introduced herself and asked where they were from. They answered, “St. Louis”. She said, “Oh, St. Louis parish in Webster (a suburb of Worcester)?” They said, “No, St. Louis MO”. So, yes, “We are always here”, even when we travel!

  8. Mary M , Says:

    We are there infront of abortion clinic, to help women and men as well.
    No babies should be killed when there are other means and choices we can offer to them. Most women suffer from abortions years after its over, and need healing. Thats what we are about. We offer prays to God
    who hears them and He is working with us. Pray, Pray and Pray.
    God Bless you.

  9. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion.

  10. Barbara Garfield Says:

    I was in Billings, MT yesterday to listen to David Bereit at the 40 Days for Life. The Billings Gazette had a very good, positive article this morning about the event. It was so nice to meet David’s family. We will continue to pray for an end to abortion and for the further success of 40 Days for Life.

  11. Elizabeth Stein Says:

    It appears as though there were no abortions Th, F or today, as far as we can tell. These are the usual abortion days for the clinic we are at in Sacramento, CA. Glory to God!

  12. Patricia Marseglia Says:

    Hallelujah for 40 Days for Life, for prayer warriors on the front lines. Help
    us Lord, to reverse the curse of this blight of abortion in our land and the
    horrible aftermath of pain, suffering and despair that it brings. Jesus came to give us life, and life more abundantly. May God grant the PP workers a
    repentant heart of remorse and regret; grant forgiveness as those
    involved turn from wicked ways. Guide, direct us. Remove hatred and
    hardness of heart and grant a new heart. And we give to You, Lord,
    all the praise, glory and honor. Thank you Lord, for those that you are calling
    out of darkness into the marvelous light, even now. We cry to You, Lord,
    to save those babies!

  13. anne robertson Says:

    Today a couple of us went door to door and we planted many seeds, maybe they will join us in prayer in Ann arbor Michigan. We also won the football game! I wish we could get someone with a plane as there is a small airport down the road to fly by with the banner give all children life!

  14. Terry Barnum (Concord, NH) Says:

    Shawn, Well, we made the local paper. The reporter (having been brought up Catholic) was sympathetic to what we’re doing, and hence, a more fair and informative article. There’s even a front page picture showing a Cross. Anyway, here’s the link. http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/282979/anti-abortion-protest-targets-clinic

  15. Journey From Earth Says:

    Thanks For Standing up always for GOD and for the lives of this helpless and armless children.
    I Hope the world will one day see through Your Hearts what lovely Blessings these Little ones can bring to the World.

    Thanks and GOD Bless Everyone.

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