40 Days for Life – Closure of the Clinic that Started It All


Hundreds of pro-life advocates from dozens of states are already making plans to travel to Bryan/College Station, Texas for BREAKTHROUGH 09.07.13 – the September 7 celebration of the most historic abortion center closure in the 40 years of legalized abortion in the United States.

The celebration, which was first announced late last week, is set for Saturday, September 7 from 10 AM to noon in the public right-of-way outside the closed Planned Parenthood abortion center at 4112 East 29th Street in Bryan, Texas.

David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, said, “The announcement that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. was shutting down its controversial abortion center in Bryan/College Station generated widespread excitement due to its significance as an epicenter of the American abortion debate. This is a turning point in the struggle to end the injustice of abortion across our nation.”

The Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station has gained nationwide attention:

-Site of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in 2004, an effort that has since grown into a worldwide pro-life mobilization of 575,000 volunteers in 501 cities around the globe; those volunteers have witnessed 7,536 babies saved from abortion, 39 abortion centers closed, and 83 workers quitting their jobs in the abortion industry
-Place where former abortion center director and Planned Parenthood employee of the year Abby Johnson experienced a conversion, quit her job, and became an outspoken pro-life advocate, going on to found And Then There Were None, a new ministry which has since helped 77 other workers to leave the abortion industry over the last year
-Impetus for the formation of the Coalition for Life, the grassroots organization which Planned Parenthood credited for making the community “the most anti-choice place in the nation,” and responsible for what Planned Parenthood described as its “most consistent and active” opposition in the nation

In addition to Bereit, speakers at the event will include:

Lauren Gulde, founder of the local Coalition for Life
Marilisa Carney, former director of the Coalition for Life
Shawn Carney, campaign director of 40 Days for Life
Abby Johnson, former director of the Bryan/College Station Planned Parenthood abortion center who became a pro-life advocate
Bobby Reynoso, executive director of the Coalition for Life

You can RSVP to attend the free celebration event online.

I get to go!!! We’re going to load up the van and drive an hour and a half and help commemorate the closing of this Planned Parenthood where 40 Days for Life got its start. I’m so excited. I’m amazed that we live close enough to this historic place to actually be able to attend.

Love for Children Like a Normal Parent?

I heard our President’s response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. I heard his words. I saw him wiping a tear from the corner of his eye. I saw what he was trying to convey. I heard him say that he felt like any other parent in this nation about how sad it was that these 20 children were cut off before they had a chance to begin to live.

But I couldn’t help thinking about his callous feelings toward a baby that survives an abortion. I remember hearing him say that a baby in that situation should not be helped in any way. Nobody should be allowed to attempt to save the baby’s life or even hold or comfort the child as s/he is dying.

If you don’t know about this side of the man, research the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and his actions as a senator in Illinois. You can start here. This Act is now federal law making it illegal to kill a baby that is born alive during an attempted abortion. But Senator Obama voted against this bill in the Illinois legislature even AFTER it passed unanimously at the federal level. He wants it to be legal to KILL a baby after it has been born alive.

Can a man who believes such a thing really feel the pain that a normal parent feels when a child dies? I question it.

Here are some links for further research into this topic:

National Right to Life website

Here’s the testimony of an abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen:

Gianna Jessen

And a powerful speech by Gianna Jessen:

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor in Australia

And here’s an awesome movie you can watch that will give you food for thought, October Baby.

October Baby

Here’s a great website with more information about Abortion Survivors:

The Abortion Survivors Network

Here’s a powerful movie that I have not had the nerve to watch, but I know it is gripping:

22 Weeks

The DVD is out of stock at the website, but you can watch the trailer and read the synopsis and find some good links there.

Recent Update from 40 Days for Life – Many Clinic Workers are Quitting!

When a 40 Days for Life vigil is just getting
started, abortion workers first consider you a
religious zealot, then a radical. As time goes on,
you’re seen as someone who simply has nothing
better to do with your time.

But toward the end of the campaign, you become a
question for them. The stereotypes wear off and
the abortion center staffers see you as a human
being … and they ask themselves the question,
“What good do I really do here?”

We are now at that point.

During this campaign, we’ve had reports of three
abortion center employees who have left their jobs
— and a few others are thinking about it. In the
majority of these cases, the stories will remain

When former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson
experienced a conversion, quit her job and walked
into my office at the Coalition for Life next door,
she lost not just an income but close personal friends.

These workers will experience the same. So please keep
them in your prayers as they transition out of the
abortion business and find hope and healing.


At one 40 Days for Life vigil, a man walked up to the
prayer volunteers with a request. “My wife works in
there,” he said, pointing towards the abortion center.

“I am against abortion and I’m trying hard to convince
her to quit,” he said. “Would you pray with me to get
her out of there?” Of course, the vigil participants
did just that.

Another volunteer reports that an abortion center
employee stopped on her way in and struck up a
conversation, asking — very sincerely — why there
were people outside praying. She listened intently,
took some pro-life information from the volunteer,
and promised to study it.

The leaders at one 40 Days for Life location have
been watching as employees come and go, and the
turnover has been noteworthy. Over the past few
years, more than 20 people have quit and been
replaced. The local 40 Days for Life team is not
sure if all of these people have changed their minds
about abortion, but it’s certainly clear that this
facility has a hard time retaining staff.


At another 40 Days for Life location, there’s been a
very clear change of heart. There was an employee who
would come out of the office — and criticize prayer
volunteers for harassing women entering the building.

One day, however, there seemed to be something
different. The employee appeared upset, and said they
really didn’t want to be there, but needed the job.

A volunteer briefly told of how Abby Johnson had
left Planned Parenthood — and wrote about her
experiences in a book called “Unplanned.” The worker
grabbed a smart phone. Volunteers think it may have
been to Google “Abby Johnson” right there on the spot.

Several days later, one of the vigil participants saw
this employee while out shopping — and the employee
said the people praying were not really harassing
women. This worker hasn’t been seen at the abortion
center since then.


The wife of the abortionist will speak to vigil
participants from time to time outside the abortion
center. One day recently, she stopped at the end of
the driveway to tell two volunteers there would not
be any abortions that day.

As she began to pull into the street, she stopped
again and said, “Thank you for your prayers!”

“We both just stood there for a moment as she drove
away and said to each other, ‘Did she just thank us
for our prayers?'” said one volunteer. “Needless
to say, we will continue to pray even harder.”

Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. J. Kirk van der
Swaagh, Pastor, Conservative Congregational Christian


For the medical community, that the truth they know
about the human body may become awe and wonder at the
God who made it.


Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And
in Your book they all were written, the days
fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of

–Psalm 139:16

REFLECTION by Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh

Human beings — God’s tapestries.

Psalm 139 is a psalm that reveals the enormity and
otherness of God. His divine attributes are on
display: omniscience (2-4), omnipresence (7-12),
loving-kindness (17-18), justice (19-20),
righteousness (23-24), and omnipotence.

Yet, when it came to express this last attribute,
what example did the psalmist use — God’s creation
of mountains, seas, or far-flung galaxies? No, he
used none of these. To express the wonder of God’s
unparalleled creative power the writer mentions the
fashioning of the human in the womb (14-16).

The Hebrew word used to express God’s forming of us
in the womb, raqam, is the same term for needlework
or embroidery. In other words, we are a tapestry that
displays God’s artistic mastery.

And, like the artist who knows his creation down to
the last detail, God intimately knows us. This
reality provokes the writer to awe and wonder. He
proclaims, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

What is true for this psalmist is true for each human
being. Each is fashioned by God and known by him and
we can proclaim on behalf of each, “I am fearfully
and wonderfully made.”


Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and
beauty of Your creation. Help us proclaim on behalf
of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am
fearfully and wonderfully made.” May the knowledge
that we are intimately known by You shape our lives
and actions. Amen.


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For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

The Pro-Life Message on My Wrists

I wear a red wrist band on my right wrist. I’ve been wearing it there for almost 7 years now. I got it the first time we went to IHOP when we visited there on our way to Arizona. We were starting out on our Journey of Fire. We had no idea what lay ahead. But a man from IHOP gave us these wrist bands so we could stand up for life and proclaim the pro-life message wherever we go. The word “LIFE” is engraved in this red wrist band. When we ended up back in Kansas City after we found out that Arizona was not where the Lord wanted us to settle, we went to the Sunday morning meetings at IHOP’s FCF (Forerunner Christian Fellowship).

There we said the LIFE prayer every Sunday morning: Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.

As I said that prayer, I always held onto my LIFE band.

Just yesterday, I received another wrist adornment that I consider a pro-life message just as much as my LIFE band. I got a birthstone bracelet that is called a Mother’s Bracelet. It displays all of the birthstones of my children – all 10 of them. I gave that area of our lives to the Lord and He blessed us exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think. I gave him our womb.

These children are my greatest blessing in life after my salvation (relationship with God) and my husband. I’m very thankful to have many blessings. When I look at my bracelet and see these stones, I see each of my children. It reminds me of the breastplate that the priests of Israel wore that carried the stones that represented each of the tribes of Israel. He wore it close to his heart. I wear mine on my wrist. It makes it easy for me to look down and see them and think about each of my children many times throughout the day. And of course, I pray for them when I think about them.

Yesterday, I showed the youngest ones which stones represented them on the bracelet. They were happy to see that each of them had their own stone on my bracelet. Even though we have four birthdays in January, each of these children has their own garnet on my bracelet. I hope this makes them feel special and unique. They each have their own place on my bracelet and in my heart.

I posted pictures of my new bracelet on Facebook, and lots of people liked it. I got it from Custom Bracelets by Lisa, by the way. Abby heard me talking about how many people like my new bracelet, and she said, “And the green one is me!”

40 Days for Life – 65 Babies Saved So Far!

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.

Praise God!!!

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
another baby.

“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!


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.


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
yet there.

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.