By David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

March 5, 2010 (40DaysforLife) - Last week, we reported on a young mother in Louisville, Kentucky who chose life for her baby after redeeming a coupon for a free ultrasound. That story struck a chord with the 40 Days for Life team in Southfield, Michigan.

The Southfield team tried the same idea ... and it worked!

Howard, one of the prayer volunteers, showed his "free ultrasound" coupon to women who were approaching the abortion facility. One woman took the coupon - she seemed quite excited to get it - but then walked into the building.

She came out ten minutes later - and told the volunteers that while she was inside the abortion center, she had called the pro-life pregnancy resource center to ask about the free ultrasound.

They left the abortion facility immediately. "We did the ultrasound and had everyone crying tears of joy," said Mike, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Southfield. "The baby' mother was so overjoyed to see her baby. Praise God!"

A verbal offer of a free ultrasound is certainly good; it appears, though, that the "free coupon" idea makes it seem more real. And besides, everybody likes to get a good deal with a coupon!

Ultrasound also helped save a life in Bakersfield, California. Of course, the prayer vigil in front of the abortion center had a lot to do with it as well.

40 Days for Life volunteers spoke to a 17-year-old and her mother as they arrived for the teen's abortion appointment. The girl said she was the youngest of five children and she did not want to disappoint her father.

Tim in Bakersfield said both the girl and her mother seemed to have very hard hearts. Although they listened for several minutes, "they seemed to have no change in their attitude." But when they were about to walk into the building, someone approached the girl and said, "Don't be afraid - trust in God."

When she heard this, tears began rolling down her cheeks. But her mother remained firm.

So the prayer team quickly made arrangements for an ultrasound. As the girl's mother watched the perfectly formed body of her grandchild on the ultrasound screen, "she began to cry," Tim said. "The baby's tiny feet and hands were clearly visible on the screen, and the baby even waved at his mother and grandmother!"

Did the baby wave? See for yourself in the actual ultrasound here!

This is most definitely the image of a very young human being. And that fact was immediately evident to both mother and grandmother.

Please pray that more pro-life centers will have greater access to this amazing, life-saving technology!