Commentary by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life

October 25th, 2010 ( – How many more lives will be saved this fall?

This is the last week of the campaign and a wild week for me — I go to Southern California before closing this fall’s campaign at the site of one of the largest abortion facilities in the world — the Planned Parenthood in Houston, Texas.

The number of babies God has saved in response to your prayers during this 40 Days for Life campaign is now 445 — that we know of. Please keep praying and fasting!

Here are some of the great stories I’ve received from local 40 Days for Life volunteers.


Tom says the weather was nasty in Cleveland, which made the scene at the abortion center even more depressing than usual. But he and a number of other vigil volunteers prayed silently that God would hear their pleas — it was a Tuesday, an abortion day, and there were many women arriving for appointments.

Near the end of the prayer shift, one of the volunteers offered literature to a woman who was leaving the abortion center. “The woman told us that she had an appointment to abort her baby,” Tom said, “but had changed her mind.”

When asked what made her change her mind, she answered, “God did.”

“We told her that we would be offering prayers of thanksgiving for her courage and of support for her as she carries her baby to term,” Tom said.


When Theresa arrived at the 40 Days for Life vigil, the parking lot at Planned Parenthood was full.

“We saw several women leave after their abortion,” she said, “and one in particular really struck a chord within me. A young girl being escorted by her parents was holding her abdomen and crying. I immediately felt overwhelmed and began crying for her and her aborted baby as I prayed for God’s mercy.”

Shortly afterward, another car pulled in. But no one got out. Theresa and the others at the vigil just kept praying.

After about 10 minutes, the car began to leave. The woman in the car smiled, waved to the volunteers, and said, “I’m keeping my baby!”

“We all thanked the Lord for saving this innocent life,” Theresa said. “I gave Him a special thank you for giving us the gift knowing we made a difference.”


Sue watched as a young woman got out of a taxi at the abortion center in Melbourne where the 40 Days for Life vigil is in progress.

Dave, one of the volunteers, glanced her way and said, “The group of people over there are praying for your unborn child. What do you need? We are here to help you and your child.”

She looked nervous. Dave asked her, “Why isn’t the father of the baby with you?”

“I have not told my husband. I didn’t want to be pregnant,” she said. After a short chat, the woman said she wasn’t really sure she wanted the abortion. “What shall I do now?”

She asked the right person. “Go home and tell your husband, your daughter and your parents about the new member of their family,” Dave said.

“I will ring the same taxi driver,” the woman said. “He gave me his number. I hope he can take me back.” The taxi was there within ten minutes.

Dave spoke to the taxi driver and asked him to take good care of her. With a smile and a thank you, they drove off.

“Please pray for this young woman and her family,” Sue said. “One more to add to the 3,000 plus who have been saved thanks to 40 Days for Life!”


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