Five workers at abortion clinics quit their jobs and more than 700 unborn babies were saved as a result of this fall’s 40 Days for Life, the annual campaign that involves prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics.
“It was the largest year in the history of 40 Days for Life,” Shawn Carney, president and CEO of 40 Days for Life, said during a webcast Nov. 18.
The campaign ran from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3 and had volunteers participating in 855 cities and 61 countries.
Five workers “walked away from the abortion industry,” according to a report from 40 Days for Life, and 738 unborn lives were saved.
“Even if it was just one [baby saved], it was all worth it,” said Sue Thayer, a former manager at a Planned Parenthood and the current director of outreach for 40 Days for Life.
In Fort Pierce, Fla., a pregnant woman arrived at an abortion clinic before it opened at 7 a.m., only to see 40 Days for Life volunteers praying outside the clinic. The volunteers had arrived at 5 a.m.
“We offered her a gift bag, free ultrasound, and help with her pregnancy – whatever she needs,” Laurie, a volunteer, wrote about the encounter. “She accepted the gift bag and explained that she is expecting TWINS and decided that she could not go through with the abortion.”
In Madison, Wis., a pregnant woman entered a Planned Parenthood clinic, only to quickly walk out and tell a 40 Days for Life volunteer, “I need a hug.” The woman had three children at home, and her husband had just left her.
“I tried to come here to schedule an abortion appointment twice,” the pregnant woman told a volunteer. “When I walked in, you said, ‘I’m praying for you and your baby.' That made me come out.”
Volunteers for 40 Days for Life took the woman to a pregnancy help center to give her the “support she needs,” a 40 Days for Life blog said.
In Manchester, N.H., a mom pushing a baby carriage approached the volunteers and told them how last year’s 40 Days for Life convinced her to not have an abortion.
“I just want you to know you are doing the right thing,” the mom said. “I came here last year for an abortion, and there were some people praying. I have my baby now – all because someone was here. My cousin came for an abortion, and no one was here praying. She had her abortion.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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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.