LANSING, MI, June 4, 2014 ( — A late-term baby was saved from abortion earlier this week thanks to fetal models used by 40 Days for Life Lansing.

On its Facebook page, the pro-life group says that an organizer “showed the 30-week model to a late-term mom who left the clinic and DID NOT have an abortion. Praise God!”

The prayer vigil and activism take place in front of what 40 Days for Life Lansing calls “the last, free-standing surgical clinic” in Michigan.


Fetal models have long been an effective pro-life strategy.

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In 2009, a two-inch long fetal model that was carried in the Dutch March for Life caused an uproar after a photo of it was run on the cover of a Christian newspaper. Media and politicians feared rumors that the pro-life group Cry for Life intended to distribute to homes, sparking a national debate about freedom of expression. The same models garnered positive reactions at Amsterdam's “Home Fair” in 2009, however.

Earlier this year, a mayor in Norway struck a national chord after posting a photo online of a 12-week fetal model. The photo took place as the nation debated whether to allow doctors to refuse to be involved with abortion.

In 2010, two school officials were suspended in Norfolk, Virginia when they gave four-inch models of fetuses to students without parental permission. The students were also given cards that said, “Some people think that my life began at birth; but my life's journey began long before I was born.” The dolls were given to third, fourth, and fifth-grade students.