Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
What is it like to journey through 50 states in 40 days on an RV?
Today we'll go behind the scenes on the 40 Days for Life UNITED bus with
Steve Karlen, who recorded the newest 40 Days for Life podcast with me
from the road.
Steve offers the inside scoop about what the tour has been like --
including the enthusiastic response you've been giving the team at every
stop. He also recounts some of the logistical challenges and touching
Here we go on our second day in California -- with a side trip to Alaska, too!
We had our first completely bilingual vigil stop of the tour in Fairfield, California,
where we had a great turnout for 9:00 on a weekday morning. More than
60 lives have been saved at past 40 Days for Life campaigns at this
Faithful prayer warriors in Vallejo
have been holding 40 Days for Life campaigns outside this Planned
Parenthood for years. One leader talked about a baby saved from abortion
here ... who is now six years old! His mother calls him "the 40 Days
for Life child."
In San Jose,
we stopped right outside the headquarters of Planned Parenthood Mar
Monte -- the largest, most lucrative of the abortion chain's US
affiliates. Ricky Silva, who leads a college Students for Life chapter,
fired up the crowd -- and lovingly invited the abortion workers who were
listening to quit their jobs and embrace life.
is the garlic capital of America ... and they have amazing 40 Days for
Life participation. This vigil stop featured a pastor who emphasized
that God is the only solution
to our cultural problems ... and a maternal nurse who shared the need
to reform a health care system that currently puts cost savings ahead of
the lives of babies.
In Watsonville, California, so many passing drivers honked in support that we could barely hear each other. A Planned Parenthood worker came out twice to complain about our presence. He was invited to join us in prayer, but he walked back into the abortion center.
In Seaside, California
(right along Monterrey Bay), volunteers have been holding 40 Days for
Life vigils since 2008 -- along a busy road, outside of Planned
Parenthood. Their dedication is inspiring!
Our second day in California wrapped up in San Luis Obispo.
For a California college town of around 45,000 people to turn out
around 200 people -- across many different Christian faith traditions --
for a candlelight event outside Planned Parenthood is amazing.
A TV news crew came out to cover the event, and speaker after speaker
electrified the crowd. God is at work in California, and across the USA!
In Anchorage, we encountered our first pro-life moose! In fact, two of them strolled right past the vigil site.
The Alaska state rally was also the first tour stop where speakers needed to make a stage out of a snow bank. Whenever
we're tempted to fret about inclement weather at a 40 Days for Life
vigil, we can simply look to these hearty Alaskans for inspiration.
Fortunately, I wasn't the only outsider shivering through the event.
Silent No More co-founder Georgette Forney also made the trek to speak
at the rally.
We have just enough time to thaw out before the UNITED tour rolls through more of California as well as Hawaii.
"We have seen more and more committed volunteers," said Lourdes in Mexico City, "humbly praying for a Mexico free of abortion" ... [more]
have a report there were no abortions at our vigil site one day last
week. The abortionist arrived at 10:40 am and left at 10:50" ... [more]
yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings
from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice,
rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
-- Isaiah 1:16-17
O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society.
Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and
minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life
you intended for them.
LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, October 24, 2016
For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.
Top Stories• Hillary Clinton is Wrong: OBGYN Says Abortion is Never Necessary to Save the Life of the Mother • United Church of Christ Pastor Celebrates Planned Parenthood, Prays for “Right to Choose” • Vanity Fair Editor Fran Lebowitz Wants “Retroactive Abortions” for Mike Pence and Pro-Lifers • Terminally Ill Woman’s Insurance Company Will Pay for Her Assisted Suicide, But Not for Chemo More Pro-Life News• Donald Trump: “According to Hillary You Can Abort a Baby at 9 Months, That’s Unacceptable” • We Must Keep Congress Pro-Life, Here are Pro-Life Senate Candidates Who Need Your Help • Premature Baby’s Amazing Smile 5 Days After Birth Goes Viral, She’s the “Happiest Baby in the World” • Mom’s Heartbreaking Images of 22-Week-Old Stillborn Baby Reveal the Humanity of Unborn Children • Hillary Clinton Stands by Her Vote Against a Ban on Partial-Birth Abortions • Father Raped His Daughter 2-3 Times a Week and Aborted Her Baby When She Became Pregnant • Planned Parenthood Abortionist Could be Golfing, Instead He Does Abortions for $2,000 Each • Hillary Clinton Thinks It’s OK to Kill Disabled Babies in Late-Term Abortions, But This Mom Chose Life • 410 Babies Saved From Abortion So Far in Latest 40 Days for Life • Euthanasia Group Hides Its Assisted Suicide Agenda Renaming Itself “My Death, My Decision” • Teen Rushed to Hospital After Late-Term Abortion Clinic Loses Power, Has No Backup Generator• Colorado Proposition 106 is Dangerous, Here’s Why Voters Should Not Legalize Assisted Suicide
With the latest set of reports from local 40 Days for Life campaigns, we are now aware of 410 babies whose mothers turned away from abortion.
And that means since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign began nine years ago, our leaders have told us ...
... 12,206 lives have been spared in all!
Praying outside an abortion center may sound like an unusual way to pass
the time. But the Lord hears those prayers -- and responds!
We'll have a few of those stories after today's UNITED tour update.
California is always a very strong area for 40 Days for Life. In fact,
there are so many campaigns in California that it's going to take four days to make our way through the state!
In Redding, California, we heard from a surgeon who was able to save someone's life this week. But he told the gathered 40 Days for Life volunteers, "You all are saving many more lives than I do."
The doctor also spoke of meeting an abortion-minded mother and
introducing her to her baby through an ultrasound image. As a result,
she chose life -- then found him a year later to say thank you.
Anyone who feels that California is beyond hope wasn't in Sacramento
for the largest UNITED event yet -- more than 300 people packed both
sides of the street in the dark ... and that doesn't include the
abortion center staffers who stood outside their workplace on a Sunday
night to listen (and jeer).
When a speaker announced that California has the most abortions of any state in America -- more than 181,000 per year
-- the abortion workers cheered. Their cheers turned to silence when it
was announced that one of their co-workers had a change of heart and
quit here last Friday!
Rally attendees heard from a dynamic high school pro-life club that has
50 members. They also listened to post-abortion testimonies, pregnancy
center leaders, Jonathan Keller of the California Family Council, and
Rebekah Buell, who shared her story of a successful abortion pill
reversal. Her son, who survived, was present.
Today will be the busiest day of the entire tour, with six vigil stops across Northern California, a rally in San Luis Obispo ... and Steve Karlen flying to the Alaska state rally in Anchorage!
A man told volunteers his girlfriend was at Planned Parenthood for an abortion and was more than five months into her pregnancy ... [more]
The mother of three children told volunteers she just couldn't have another child. The father said they could not support them ... [more]
About 30 people were praying in front of the abortion center when a
volunteer spoke to a woman who was considering abortion ... [more]
this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the
form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made
Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming
in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He
humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the
death of the cross.
-- Philippians 2:5-8
O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us humbly and
diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the
disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose
lives are threatened. Let us remember the old adage that "He can never
lead who has not first learned to obey." And, Lord, grant us a peaceful
heart as we labor in your name.