DAY 38: “I can’t do this anymore”

There have been 88 abortion workers who have had a change of heart and left their jobs during 40 Days for Life campaigns. Many of these workers leave during the last two weeks of the campaign … and today, we ask for prayers for one abortionist who is struggling with his conscience.

A prayer volunteer has spoken to one of the abortionists at a facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is in progress. I’m keeping the location confidential for now. They’ve had several conversations, and the volunteer says the man has told him, “I can’t do this anymore. I need to talk to a priest.”

I can only echo the request of the campaign coordinator in this city – please pray that this man … and any others in a similar position … may have the faith and courage to trust God and leave the abortion industry.

Now … here’s the latest from Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director … who’s been on the road in Michigan.


I arrived in Brighton early to tour the local pregnancy center. As I drove in, I passed the vigil site and saw a volunteer hunkered down with a chair and an umbrella—enduring the rain.

At the vigil site, I learned that her name was Pat, and she had been at the vigil site all day! In fact, she has been there nearly all day, every day for the last five days as she’s coordinated a five-day block adopted by her church.

Tom, the Brighton campaign leader, told me that she has been a big part of the campaign even on days that her church has not committed to. I was also joined by a group that included a number of folks from Silent No More. Their message is always powerful.


Apparently, the snow was so high for most of the campaign that there was nowhere to stand! Lillian, the campaign coordinator in Traverse City, said she prayed from her office, which has a window facing Planned Parenthood. One elderly gentleman drove up and came out to greet us and thank us for being out on the sidewalk.


The event I spoke at in Grand Rapids took place in frigid rain and wind. Lisa, the local coordinator, told me that the number of abortions in Kent County has dropped by more than 40% since 40 Days for Life started in 2007.

There is a house next door to the abortion facility that is owned by a group of sidewalk counselors. These counselors initially allowed the 40 Days for Life participants to park on their property. But that arrangement was ended because the city said the house was not licensed as a church. Fortunately, the campaign team got creative and came up with alternative arrangements.

Thanks to Steve Karlen for today’s update from Michigan!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Have you received assurance that your efforts with 40 Days for Life have borne fruit? If so, please share your story below.

  • Maureen Sullivan

    I am so inspired by the stories I have read here, especially the lady who stayed all day——

    It encourages me to do even more…..

  • Lamar Hagan

    It is great to have a house next door to the abortion facility. It seems that the city of Grand Rapids may have overstepped its bounds. The U.S. Constitution states that the free exercise of religion may not be abridged and no law respecting the establishment of religion may be made, so the city should not be requiring a license to have a church. It is great that other parking arrangements could be made, but maybe someone should seek the assistance of a law firm such as the American Center for Law and Justice to assist in reaffirming your rights to meet and exercise your religion without government interference. Our prayers go out for you as you continue your service to those at death’s doorstep. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”