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DAY 3: Pray for God’s mercy

February 15th, 2013 by admin

Today’s post is different from most of our updates.

In chapter 36 of the new 40 Days for Life book, I write about the notorious abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

In that chapter, I tell about Carhart’s aggressive late-term abortion business, my interesting experience with him on an airplane … and the inspiring story of 40 Days for Life volunteers responding to his new late-term abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland.

What is not in the book, however, is what happened last week.


Every abortion ends a life. An abortion that took place right before this campaign began ended two.

Germantown has just started its fifth 40 Days for Life vigil outside a facility where LeRoy Carhart travels each week to perform late-term abortions.

According to several reports, Jennifer Morbelli arrived in at the abortion center in Germantown on February 3. She was a 29-year-old teacher from White Plains, New York. She was also 33 weeks pregnant … and had named her child Madison.

The reports state that Madison was being welcomed into the family — the family had set up an online gift register of requested baby items. But then, Jennifer was told her child had significant physical anomalies and she was advised to have an abortion.

Because of the very late stage of the pregnancy, the abortion was a multi-day procedure. She arrived at the abortion center each day, four days in a row … and each day, sidewalk counselors say she looked progressively weaker.

Finally, on February 7, she was taken to a hospital emergency room early in the morning … but the doctors could not save her. At 10 am, she was pronounced dead.

Even the Washington Post reported on this story, noting that Maryland’s chief medical officer and the local police are investigating Jennifer’s death … at the same time when Maryland’s attorney general has just launched a criminal investigation of Carhart on an unrelated matter — primarily related to illegal dumping, possibly of human fetal remains.

Michael Martelli, a 40 Days for Life leader who serves as director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, is calling on the state to close the abortion center and to suspend or revoke Carhart’s medical license. For now, the business remains open.

The volunteers in Germantown will have much to pray about over these 40 days. Yet there is always hope.

David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, attended the 40 Days for Life kickoff event in Germantown last fall — and met a baby who had been spared from abortion at Carhart’s facility.

The mother showed up for her abortion appointment, but the building was not yet open. As people prayed on the sidewalk as part of 40 Days for Life, one of the volunteers asked the woman if she needed help. They directed her to the pro-life pregnancy resource center across the street, where she was told about the many support services available and encouraged to keep her baby.

She did — and at the Germantown rally, she said it was because the morning she had been scheduled for an abortion, she was surrounded by love — love from the 40 Days for Life volunteers and love from the pregnancy center workers.

God’s love can overcome even the most profound darkness. Let us continue to pray for His mercy.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Have a story to share of how you’ve seen God working through 40 Days for Life? Post a reply below.

11 Responses to “DAY 3: Pray for God’s mercy”

  1. Brenda Sinkovitz Says:

    It was an abortion day in Kalamazoo. I was new to the sidewalk. I’d prayed at home for several campaigns, but the daily emails from David and Shawn convicted me that I had to do more. Well, in fairness, I should say that God convicted me, THRU David and Shawn’s emails. So, to the sidewalk I went. The time I chose happened to be a time when sidewalk counseling was going on, which was good for me, because it meant that I wasntt alone. It was VERY good for me, because I would not have known how to handle what was about to happen.

    As we stood at the driveway of Planned Parenthood, greeting the incoming cars with our signs, a large pick-up truck pulled in, but he didn’t drive through the big iron gate like all of the others. He stopped. He parked that huge truck right in the drive between the street and the gate. I don’t even know if he realized that he was blocking other traffic from entering! He got out of his truck. He was in his late 60s, which surprised me. He thanked us for being there and for praying. He explained that his oldest child was aborted. All these years later he still carried that pain and loss. He lived the tragedy. After he shared his pain with us, he thanked us again, got back in his truck and drove off.

    If I had any doubts of my need to be there, they were instantly gone. God sent the guy in the big truck to tell me that my presence mattered. I kept going to the sidewalk. Eventually I joined the campaign team. God keeps showing me that our presence on the sidewalk matters.

  2. Anna Says:

    May 2013 be the year that our nation repents of the grievious crime
    against humanity and God by turning from this evil and restoring the right to life for the unborn. Lord we ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ.

  3. Marilyn Says:

    My “alms giving” and prayers this Lent will focus on PREGNANCY HELP CENTERS. There is no better and more immediate way to help women/men choose life than to be able to direct/TAKE them to a support center.
    I recently had a discussion on Facebook with a young man who said that pro-life advocates don’t care about the babies AFTER they are born! I directed him to the web page for the Cleveland Diocese Catholic Charities so he could see the numbers of babies, children and families whom we care about and support with our resources.

  4. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion. God Bless.

  5. Sasha Bill Kwapinski Says:

    I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to participate in 40 Days for Life in my area (Montclair, Inland Empire area, Southern CA.) I add my prayers along with all of those from different churches in the area to stand for the unborn and to affirm the worth and sanctity of life. I tend not to say much at the demonstrations, but I can at least hold up signs, pray, and be another “live warm body,” present and accounted for.

  6. Victor Galipi Says:

    Today I prayed prayed for three hours in front of the Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill, NC. The steady stream of people going in and out, the sometimes packed parking lot, other people walking in from nearby parking lots and streets, was heartbreaking. As usual, people either kept their heads deliberately turned away from me, or looked at me then looked away quick when I looked up. Except for two men, with babies.

    The first man carried a girl that looked to be about a year old. He walked up the sidewalk toward me, glancing at me. I thought he might want to talk, but he pulled out his cellphone, started talking, then turned and walked back the other way.

    The second man carried a baby that also looked about a year old. He stood in the parking lot for awhile, then sat in his truck. Whenever I looked his way he was looking at me, but then would quickly look away.

    As people kept coming in, I prayed for babies to be saved, for mothers and family members to have a change of heart and find real help elsewhere, for workers to be convicted and quit, for power failure in the building, anything to stop the murderous work going on in there.

    I am continuing to pray for this PP to close, for its workers to leave the abortion industry and advocate for life, for mothers and families to find the help they need, and for babies to be saved.

    I have scheduled myself to be at PP each Friday, and I have a pregnant daughter who plans to be there with me when she can.

    I prayed with a small stone cross in my hand, the word “hope” written on it. I pray that those considering abortion will find real hope, real help and real life in Christ Who died on the cross and rose from the dead to give us life.

  7. Margie Says:

    “The defense and promotion of human life are not the monopoly of anyone, but rather the responsibility and task of all.” The Gospel of Life, 91.
    ProLife Meditation from Priests for Life. ‘Indeed we all need one another to accomplish the works of justice.’

  8. michael vandeleur Says:

    My dear wife was telling me of the great pro life rally in Washington.
    I am far away in Australia but I send my prayers with yours that the Holy Spirit will touch our political leaders and lawmakers all throughout the world.
    We also had a similar Pro Life rally in Canberra which was well supported.Keep on keeping on my prayers go with you all.


  9. Cecilia Tombelli Says:

    It was a very busy day at the abortion clinic. In the morning, by 9:00 am many prayer participants were doing sidewalk counseling, handing out a lot of literature with pregnancy services help information on it, to the women and girls entering. Many help flyers were in the hands of women and girls now, seated on the chairs in the lobby, who were waiting for their abortion. A young girl and her mother, who would not take one of our brochures, entered the clinic, and another young women was dropped off by a man about 25 years older than her.

    The wait was long, after the abortion doctor arrived, as there were so many women in line for an abortion. Between 1-2 in the afternoon, Katie, with Students for Life of Michigan, saw several women leave the clinic. The first was a young girl with her mother. One woman came up to her and asked for information that she brought inside to a woman she knew that was waiting for an abortion. Katie also talked to a young man whose girlfriend was waiting inside for an abortion. He was willing to listen and seemed very sad. She gave them the pregnancy resource information that was in the bin. Says Katie, “I am praying that he listened to my counsel and changes his girlfriend’s mind. It was bitter cold but definitely worth being out there to talk to these people.”

  10. Jody M. Says:

    Thank you for sharing Jennifer Morbelli’s story. What a tragic end to two beautiful lives! How sad that we allow such barbaric acts in our culture. And I pray for Mr. Carhart, too, that he would be deeply convicted. Lord, whatever it takes, touch his heart, that he would no longer be a murderer. Let the violence of abortion END in the U.S. and around the world!! Let us take a stand for what is right. And bring healing to the Morbelli family and everyone who has experienced the pain and loss that abortion brings. And raise someone up to lead a 40 Days for Life campaign at the Gilroy, CA Planned Parenthood.

    Thank you for your heart for all those affected by abortion! May the Lord bless you richly. :>}

  11. Sarah Says:

    Last Friday, February 15, as I drove around the corner on Alta Arden Way in Sacramento, heading to the sidewalk in front of the Women’s Health Specialists abortion clinic, I saw a fire truck parked in front of the clinic. I was blown away. I turned left onto Wright Street and drove past the clinic to try and find a parking space, and when I did, I saw that there was an ambulance in the back of the clinic’s parking lot near the back entrance. I parked my car and went and prayed for the person(s) that needed that ambulance. The clinic staff and folks who exited the clinic would not say what happened. I wish we could find out for sure, but for now, we’ll just pray for them.

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