Mondays are the best days during the 40 Days for Life
campaigns, because that’s the day we share stories
about mothers who’ve changed their minds on the
sidewalks outside the abortion centers.
In just these first few days, there have already been …
… 65 babies saved — that we know of.
Here are the stories of three of those babies.
One of the prayer volunteers noticed a man she
recognized … sitting in a car in the Planned
Parenthood parking lot. With him was his 18-month-old
child. Naturally, the volunteer went over to talk.
It seems the man’s wife was inside — setting up an
appointment for an abortion. She just didn’t want
“When he said he didn’t want the abortion,” said Libby
in Memphis, “we said he needed to protect his baby right
now. He called his wife, and few minutes later she came
out and told us she was not going to seek an abortion.”
The volunteers hugged her, and gave her a list of
Memphis-area pregnancy resources.
One of these prayer volunteers in Memphis was taking
part in 40 Days for Life for the first time ever.
“She just felt so strongly that she needed to
participate,” Libby said. And what a wonderful thing
she saw on that first day!
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND
A young woman arrived at Planned Parenthood … and it
was obvious her pregnancy was well advanced. She was
frightened and didn’t know what else to do.
The director of a pro-life pregnancy center was able to
speak to her and learn more about her situation, though
there was a bit of a language barrier. It seems the
woman is from Central America, and the baby’s father
abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant.
“She was very happy after the director counseled her and
explained that she would have support and better choices,”
said Molly in Silver Spring.
“Planned Parenthood would have referred her to a
late-term abortionist in the area,” she said. “In
Maryland, abortions can happen throughout the entire
pregnancy. We need to keep her in our prayers.”
A young woman who arrived for an appointment in Beaumont
admitted to the people praying outside the abortion
facility that she had tossed and turned all night over
what she was about to do.
One of the volunteers was quick to hand her information
from a pro-life pregnancy care center. About this time,
the young woman’s friend, who had come to the appointment
with her, spoke up. The friend said she’d had an abortion
herself — and “didn’t feel it was a good idea.”
At that, the woman who had planned to abort her child
broke down in tears.
After a lengthy discussion with the counselors on the
sidewalk, the two young women were smiling — and
heading towards the pro-life resource center.
“We have her phone number and will be in touch,” said
Eileen in Beaumont. “She left with tears of joy,
rather than sorrow. Your prayers and sacrifices are
definitely at work!”
Today’s devotional is from Fr. Frank Pavone, national
director of Priests for Life.
DAY 6 INTENTION
Pray that those tempted to abort may understand that
their child is already present, and already a real
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of
Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit
of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the
mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as
soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears,
the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
— Luke 1:41-44
REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Jesus not only loves unborn children — He was one
Think about this for a moment.
We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by
saying, “She’s expecting a child.”
Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not
As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is
not the case with the mother.
Her gift is already there.
The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a
child “on the way,” but has a child, already present
and in full possession of his or her human rights,
starting with the right to life.
Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of
every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of
every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own
birth in Bethlehem.
As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send
your protection upon every child still in the womb,
and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that
comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through
Christ our Lord, Amen.