In a move full of powerful symbolism, 40 Days for Life has acquired and will be moving their headquarters into the building that until recently housed the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas.
Yes, that Planned Parenthood clinic.
The same clinic where 40 Days for Life got started, running their first-ever prayer campaign, before becoming a global pro-life movement with hundreds of thousands of participants.
The same clinic where Abby Johnson once worked for eight years, before her dramatic conversion to the pro-life cause after encountering members of 40 Days for Life.
40 Days for Life made the surprise annoucement in a video released this afternoon.
“This news shows what God can accomplish when His people pray,” said Shawn Carney, campaign director of 40 Days for Life. “More than 6,400 children lost their lives in this building, but God is making ‘all things new.’ What was once a place of death and despair is now going to be a place of life and hope. We are excited to start using this location to aid the rapid worldwide growth of 40 Days for Life, and to help other cities become abortion-free.”
According to Carney, short-term plans include a memorial service for the children lost to abortion inside the building, and tearing down the tall, black iron fence surrounding the property as part of renovations.
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In addition to 40 Days for Life, the building will also house Hope Pregnancy Center, an affiliate of CareNet, as they expand their local medical services to include free STD testing.
“The partnership between the two organizations demonstrates the close relationship between 40 Days for Life and life-saving pregnancy resource centers,” Carney said.
40 Days for Life launched in 2004. Over the last decade, it has spread to 559 cities across all 50 American states and 27 nations, involving more than 625,000 volunteers.
More than 9,500 lives have been saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns, and 59 abortion centers have closed following campaigns outside their doors, including the one in Bryan/College Station, which was the focus of 13 different 40 Days for Life campaigns.