Commentary by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life

October 5, 2010 ( – Today is October 5. It may be just another day to you, but not for me — and most certainly not for Abby Johnson.

It was one year ago today that I walked into my old office at the Coalition for Life in Bryan/College Station, Texas and discovered that Abby Johnson was there.

We had been on opposite sides of the fence for years and at that moment we found ourselves together — her crying and me trying to grasp what the Holy Spirit was unraveling before my eyes.

To see Abby Johnson, the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate’s employee of the year, in my office — in tears — was âEUR¦ a miracle!

Abby had seen an abortion on an ultrasound — for the first time — and was overcome by the reality of what actually happens during an abortion. She knew she was watching a helpless human being die. And she also knew immediately she could never do it again.

A few days later, Abby and I posed for a picture at the birthplace of 40 Days for Life — her former abortion center!

We had been on opposite sides of this fence for 8 years as volunteers and then employees. She admitted it felt better to be on our side of the fence!

Fast forward just a few months to Abby standing in front of the abortion facility she had run for years, kicking off the spring 40 Days for Life in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

This is truly a testimony of what God can — and will— do in answer to prayer.

We know of 37 abortion center employees — including Abby — who have left their jobs during 40 Days for Life campaigns.

I didn’t know this would happen to me last year and you don’t know what can happen to you during your campaign!

This fall remember to pray for the staff along with the moms and the babies. Many of them are looking for a way out — pray they will have the courage to take that step.

Right now there is one employee in particular who really needs prayer because this person saw another employee quit the center and wants to do likewise.

I continue to be amazed this fall of the employees who are coming to 40 Days for Life and wanting out of the abortion industry but after all, as I learned last fall firsthand, the God who convinced Abby Johnson to quit Planned Parenthood can do anything!

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