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,
40 Days for Life
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