More than 300 unborn babies were saved during the spring 40 Days for Life, the bi-annual campaign that involves prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics worldwide.
Although this spring’s campaign was hampered by a worldwide pandemic – it was scheduled to be held Feb. 26 until April 5 – it still resulted in at least 344 confirmed reports of babies saved from abortion in more than 500 cities and 30-plus countries around the world.
Shawn Carney, the president of 40 Days for Life, suspended the vigils in mid-March. Prior to that, the vigils were limited in numbers in order to practice social distancing.
Despite the suspension, the campaign still included life-saving stories.
In New York City, a 40 Days for Life volunteer handed a pregnant woman a pro-life pamphlet as she walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic. About 45 minutes later, the woman ran out of the clinic and told the volunteer: “I didn’t go through with it. I’m 17 weeks pregnant and they told me it’s nothing! They put pressure on me in Planned Parenthood! Now, I can’t believe I even considered it.”
In Boulder, Colo., a couple arrived at a late-term abortion clinic, only to change their mind after seeing the 40 Days for Life volunteers.
“They told us they changed their minds because they saw us praying,” said a volunteer named Janet. “People say all of the time that our presence praying makes couples change their minds, but until I witnessed that, I only nominally believed it.”
In Flossmoor, Ill., two pro-life volunteers helped change the mind of a 20-year-old frightened pregnant woman by encouraging her to visit a pro-life pregnancy center instead. They also gave her a gift bag.
“After [sharing] a heartfelt life story, tears, and hugs, [the volunteer] escorted the woman next door where she scheduled her ultrasound, signed up for parenting classes, and CHOSE LIFE!” 40 Days for Life reported.
The campaign is held each spring and fall.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.