Thursday, October 17, 2013

40 Days For Life: DAY 23: BIG news from Ohio!

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
There is a facility owned by a notorious abortionist ... where a 40 Days for Life vigil is going on right now ... that could be on the verge of closing! This man pioneered the brutal partial-birth abortion technique. Here’s the story.

Sharonville, Ohio

“I was there yesterday with my son and all of his classmates praying for this center to close,” said one prayer volunteer in Sharonville. “Our prayers may be answered!”

Martin Haskell is one of the most infamous abortionists in America, and he owns this abortion location – just outside Cincinnati – which has been the site of five 40 Days for Life campaigns.

But now the Ohio health department has affirmed a recommendation that the facility’s license be revoked. The state requires such facilities to have an agreement with a local hospital to handle emergency cases, and Haskell doesn’t have one.

As of yesterday, the abortion business remained open. We're told that should not be the case much longer. We’ll keep watching. Please keep praying!

Charlottesville, Virginia

About 125 people turned out for the midpoint rally outside Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville -- including David Bereit, our national director -- and me! It was a great event.

Rush hour traffic on the busy street out front backed up at the light at the corner -- where the drivers couldn't miss the big banner announcing that 672 babies died from abortion at this facility last year.

One prayer volunteer started keeping track of drivers' reactions ... and in a short time, tallied 27 happy honks and only six angry honks.

Overland Park, Kansas

The sidewalk outside an abortion business called the Center for Women’s Health is the site of the first-ever 40 Days for Life vigil at that facility.

This clinic is in a nice, business/professional section of our city, said Wendy, the local director. And few people knew it was even there!

Many of the employees from surrounding buildings ask, almost in a whisper, 'Is there an abortion clinic nearby?' They are surprised to find out it's just next door to their buildings. And word is spreading. This is big for our city, Wendy said.

The Overland Park team isn't aware of any saved babies yet. But we've had some of the employees at the Center for Women's Health wave back ... which is a success to us.  

Here's today's devotional from Dennis DiMauro of Lutherans for Life.

Day 23 intention

We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.


But the Lord said "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

-- Jonah 4:10-11

Reflection by Dennis DiMauro

God doesn't value people and things like we do. Jonah loved a shade tree more than an entire city of sinful people. We love our dogs more than a terrorist. We love our cars more than a beggar on the side of the road. And sometimes, we love our money more than a child growing in a desperate teenager's womb.

But God isn't like us. Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the capstone of God's creation. We were created on the sixth day after God had completed the land, the stars, the plants and the animals. Therefore, His love for us is greater than His love for a plant, an animal, or any other created thing.

And the book of Jonah tells us that He loves even the most sinful people and seeks to bring them into His merciful arms. And it's a love that seeks to touch all of his created children: that desperate teenager, the baby growing in her womb, even tyrants and terrorists.

So it's up to us to imitate God's merciful love by helping and praying for those who persecute us, and those who don't love us back.


Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it. This we ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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For Life,
 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
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