DAY 41: They chose life…then joined the vigil!

The largest Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign is in the books…

…and we have 446 confirmed reports of babies saved from abortion! And reports are continuing to come in!

Save the date for Tuesday, April 30, as we’ll host a special LIVE video webcast to recap how your prayers and witness saved lives and changed hearts worldwide!

Marcus in Memphis, Tennessee brought his girlfriend to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. He didn’t want her to abort their baby, so instead of accompanying her inside the building, he stopped to talk with Meg, the sidewalk counselor on duty.

Meg promised help and urged Marcus to text his girlfriend to come out of Planned Parenthood to talk.

A few minutes later, she came out!” said Jessie, the Memphis leader. “She was smiling and said she wanted to go to the pregnancy center.”

Marcus was smiling “ear-to-ear” too.

“He said he was going to be the best dad to this baby,” Jessie said. “He talked about how much his baby meant to him.”

Before departing, Marcus even joined the vigil!

Cincinnati, Ohio


Heavy street traffic prevented a young woman from exiting the Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati. The delay provided a prayer volunteer with an opportunity to offer help.

“I approached her and called to her, ‘Is there anything we can do to help you?'” the vigil participant reported.

“I changed my mind,” the young mother replied. “I didn’t do it. It’s a baby!”

The 40 Days for Life participant gave her some information on local pregnancy help centers. Before driving away, the expectant mom smiled and said, “I’m going to get some pre-natal vitamins.”

Spring Valley, New York


Vigil participants in Spring Valley got a powerful reminder that abortion isn’t always a matter of “choice.”

When an abortion-bound woman saw people praying for her and read their signs offering help to empower her to choose life, she decided NOT to have an abortion.

The man with her went berserk. The situation turned so ugly that police came to tell the man he could not force the woman to have an abortion.

“Please pray for this brave woman as she has said YES to LIFE,” said Eileen, the local leader.

We thank God for this woman’s courage and for her choice for life. But this disturbing incident also reminds us that–though 40 Days for Life has ended–our work to end abortion in our communities is not over.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. On this rock I will build my church; the gates of hell will not prevail against it. — Matthew 16:18

Father, we have done battle with the power of evil, and therefore we can have compassion on those still within its grip. We have been freed from the kingdom of darkness, and therefore we can bear witness to your Kingdom of Light. May the witness of all your people through these 40 Days for Life bear abundant fruit.

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