A total of 125 unborn lives have been saved so far this year as part of 40 Days for Life, the bi-annual campaign that involves prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics worldwide.
The spring edition of 40 Days for Life began Feb. 17 and runs through March 28.
Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said this week it’s the “largest spring 40 Days for Life campaign we’ve ever had,” with volunteers holding vigils outside abortion clinics in 567 cities around the world where they “peacefully pray for an end to abortion.” The campaign is still accepting volunteers.
The 40 Days for Life website includes multiple reports of success stories.
In Plainfield, N.J., a 40 Days for Life volunteer named Katie asked a woman leaving the abortion facility if she could help her in any way.
“You already did,” the woman replied, as she handed Katie a note.
The note revealed the woman had decided not to get an abortion: “Thanks for your help. I have decided not [to] do [it]. God bless you.”
It was a reassuring moment for the Plainfield volunteers, who rarely see the fruit of their hard work.
“Because of the layout of the property, we don’t know who enters for abortions,” said a Plainfield volunteer named Lisa. “The building has seven offices, and the parking is in the back. But today, the Lord just wanted to encourage us that our efforts have not been in vain!”
In Sarasota, Fla., a pregnant woman came to the Planned Parenthood facility considering an abortion but instead was counseled by 40 Days for Life volunteers, who gave her information about a pro-life crisis pregnancy help center that could assist her. Shortly thereafter, the volunteers learned the woman had visited a pregnancy help center 15 miles away.
“We have a long-distance save to celebrate,” the team wrote. “Praise God!”
Since the first 40 Days for Life was held in 2007, a total of 18,017 unborn lives have been saved around the world through the work of volunteers. Additionally, 211 abortion workers have quit their jobs.
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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.