It was just last month that I heard the annual grumbling about the way the national media ignored the March for Life — when “only” about half a million pro-life people gathered in Washington, DC.
But when you compare national and local media, it’s like night and day. And this means MANY people are hearing about 40 Days for Life for the first time.
The secular media usually expects a 40 Days for Life vigil to be filled with angry Christians. When the local reporters arrive, however, they see the real story — which is quite different from the stereotype. This often results in excellent — and fair — media coverage.
Here are just a few examples:
ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA
The 40 Days for Life campaign was covered in the St. Cloud Times this week. “This is a first for us and a major breakthrough in people finding out about 40 Days For Life,” said Judy in St. Cloud.
“Our focus is prayer,” Jan, a prayer volunteer, told the reporter. “This is one way to witness to the public how we feel about building a culture of life. I believe very strongly in life, and I believe abortion should be ended,” she said.
She invited people to join the vigil — but to come prepared, since there was snow in the forecast with temperatures promising to dip well below freezing.
Birmingham’s Fox affiliate, WBRC-TV, interviewed Ed Carrick, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator.
The reporter noted that “this is going to be a peaceful movement with no yelling or screaming. They simply want to offer alternatives to abortions.”
Ed talked about his experiences when he first began praying outside the local abortion center.
“I watched as the women come out; they were pretty much devastated,” he said. “Some were in pain. They were definitely at a loss for why they were there and what’s happening to them.
“And I guess to see the pain and suffering in their face, I said I would really like to do something about this, so I kept coming.”
Ed added that churches in the Birmingham community have raised money to fund pro-life pregnancy centers so clients can be supported financially, spiritually, emotionally and medically.
The Brighton campaign received coverage in a local newspaper, The Argus, which published the photo above.
Caroline Hubert, the Brighton campaign coordinator, told the reporter that society is in the midst of an abortion crisis.
The paper interviewed an abortion center spokesman who complained that vigil participants “intimidated” clients. The photo accompanying the article shows a young woman, smiling and holding 40 Days for Life pamphlets.
“There is no intimidation,” Caroline said. “It’s peaceful — and any person who is taking part has to sign a statement of peace. We’re there to pray, we’re not there for anything else.”
She noted that there were 4,000 abortions in the Brighton and Hove area each year. That equals more than two classrooms of schoolchildren … aborted every WEEK.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Have you received any special blessings as a result of your 40 Days for Life participation? If so, please share them by posting a reply below.