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DAY 5: Positive media coverage

February 17th, 2013 by admin

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:

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ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA
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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.

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
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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.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
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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.

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
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.

10 Responses to “DAY 5: Positive media coverage”

  1. Dave Mattozzi Says:

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

  2. Blanche Caron, Respect Life Chairperson for St Peter's The Apostle Church in Naples Says:

    Naples FL
    I was pleasantly surprised by the passerby’s who would toot their horn and wave in support of the Prayer Groups standing on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on Ash Wednesday, the first day of The Forty Days For Life. Very few sent nasty signals; I pray for their souls. The College Kids from Ave Maria came by the busloads and stood on the sidewalk and got the attention of many. I am so proud of the young adults who are in support of Life.

  3. tom721 Says:

    God bless you, young lady, for bringing attention to what is happening to unborn children, and for offering support to women under stress. The last thing such a woman needs is to have the murder of her own child on her conscience. Those pontificating here have no clue about the after-affects of abortion. I’m guessing they are mostly men. Men get a free ride on abortion, so why not support it? They don’t have to carry the scars.

  4. Martha Kersey Says:

    Thank you Lord, this was a fine community awareness coverage..Lets all pray to have this type of awareness repeated in all our communities.
    God Bless you Brimingham pro-lifers who are doing a fine work.

  5. andreina del Villar Says:

    Hi my Name is Andreina, I live in Mexico DF, is the biggest city in the world, and still we can’t get enough people to cover 1 clinic , every body is in their thing and no one has time for some body else.
    So every time you start the campaign 40 days for life, I, at my church, pray with a man who stays with me to pray a Rosary, we pray for the campaign to be a success, this time, I call a friend and ask her if she can accompany me to stand in front of an abortion clinic, so we go every day and pray a Rosary and then we live, some times we see somebody going in so we talk to them and try to convince her not to do it, but is rare to see some body, I do not now the time they go in.
    Yesterday we were praying and 3 big families arrived to pray with us, it was so beautiful to see all the kids there, with the Picture of our “Lady of Guadalupe ” and we had a big miracle a girl was about to enter, and I approach and talk to her, about the houses were they take care of her for the hole pregnancy, and if she wold like I cold take her to have a free ultra sound, she jumped into my car and drove her to the Pro Life Clinic. YES ONE LIFE SAVED !!!! today she call me and she wanted to know about the house, and she told me she decided to have HER BABY, prays the LORD !!!

  6. Margie Says:

    “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” Matthew 6:24-34

    Our message to the abortion minded women is that our Heavenly Father knows our needs, our concerns and can provide much more for us than the folks in the abortion industry. Trust in God. Trust in goodness. Rely not on your own limited understanding and you will be provided for. The abortion industry will rob your peace, your child’s life…

  7. Therese Says:

    In Eureka, Ca. we are having our first 40 Days for Life, and Planned Parenthood is – as usual – spreading lies about us in the media.

    They claim we are shouting slurs at people, when it is just the opposite. We are having things shouted at us. They called the police because someone stepped on the grass. Oh please.

    We are praying silently and the fruits are very evident in the faces of passers-by who honk in unity or wave.

    Pray for our success as the devil is rampant in our area where 600 babies die a year in a community of no more than about 50,000 people here and the surrounding towns.

  8. Margaret Says:

    Monsignor Reilly has been praying since before the 70s and he said we are there for souls. We must continue to pray for women, men, children and those involved in abortion industry. Invite to please pray daily for God’s mercy, grace, help and transformation on every heart, soul and mind, that we live a chaste, obedient life to God, that we love as we should now and for eternity. Thank you.

  9. Heather Says:

    I am also in Eureka, California and the media coverage has been terrible. They are not telling the truth. So please everybody pray for our small community and all the people that are part of this campaign. I know God is working, and this opposition is telling me that. Thank you for this site and campaign….

  10. Dan Miller Says:

    Today, at 10:57am, I had the great privilege of walking *Stacy*over to the CPC across the street. Amid the chaos of a Saturday morning, Stacy somehow slipped out of the abortion mill and took shelter in the doorway of the vitamin shop for a smoke. Someone alerted me to this – so I went over to speak with her. I introduced myself, offered literature and got crickets. I switched gears, asking her, “What is your baby worth? If you go through with this – you are going to trade your baby for four or five hundred bucks.” She said, “Money is no object – my mom is paying for the abortion.” I replied, “OK, that’s fine, but you are missing the point. Your baby is priceless in the eyes of God.” She retorted, “I don’t believe in abortion – but I am a minor – I’m 17 – and my mom is TELLING me that I have to get an abortion. If I don’t, she said she’ll kick me out. I don’t have a choice!” I said, “What ever happened to my body, my choice? Look – you have rights – legal rights which say you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. It doesn’t matter what your mom wants – only what YOU want. All you have to do is say NO to the abortion to the workers inside – and everything MUST stop. When was the last time you did everything your parents told you to do?” She chuckled. I continued, “If your mom told you to jump off a cliff – would you? That’s what she’s telling you that you have to do – and I am here to tell you that this is no cliff you want to jump off of. If you need a lawyer, we will provide one – free of charge. If you need a place to stay – we will provide one – free of charge. You are being coerced. Coercion is illegal – even if it is your mom doing it.” At that point, Joel, a vigiler from Lumen Christi interjected, “Would you like me to take you over to the crisis pregnancy center across the street – I can take you right now.” Stacy said, “Yeah, but not right now.” I picked up on the fact that she had not yet finished her cigarette, so I talked about adoption – offering to adopt her child if that’s what it took – and gave her my card. Stacy looked up at me to see if I was blowing smoke. She saw I was serious – so she took one last drag and said, “OK – let’s go.” I walked at her side through the gauntlet of vigilers present. None of them knew what was going on – so as we walked together, they all were sending the proLife message to us. I thought I heard cheers as I opened the door for her at the CPC! It was a very long counseling session – but Sydney chose life – and her mom now knows that she can’t force her child to have an abortion. Mother and daughter were at peace with one another. Life is good. Thank You, Lord!

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