Wednesday, October 18, 2017

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 22: Free speech at its best


Prayer and fasting are the foundation of 40 Days for Life. That is what we believe will end abortion.
Thank God we can pray, fast and use our rights to oppose the destruction of human life. We do this because we love God ... and because we love our country.
Freedom of speech is often attacked and misunderstood these days.
Lately we've been subjected to a lot of talk about professional football players refusing to stand during the national anthem.
They may have chosen a poor way to make their point; but when you speak out to oppose abortion, you show the best use of our freedoms. It is patriotic to seek to change the injustices of our nation while respecting those who've died so that we can be a voice for the unborn.
We cover this on a new episode of the 40 Days for Life podcast ... and share some of the early blessings from you using your rights during this campaign:

La Paz, Bolivia

Citizens' rights are very much on the minds of 40 Days for Life participants in La Paz, where the campaign is taking place for the third time.
Abortion is, for the most part, illegal in Bolivia, though there are three situations in which abortions may be obtained. But there is legislation pending that would permit abortions in five additional circumstances.
The legislative assembly's lower house has approved the measure. It has not yet been taken up by the senate, but the 40 Days for Life leaders are concerned that it might become law.
As for the campaign itself, a small but committed group of volunteers pray in front of a Marie Stopes office. This facility's staff claims that abortions do not take place there.

Clearwater, Florida

If you're looking for a word to describe the 40 Days for Life vigil in Clearwater, it would be "enthusiasm."
That's the report from Jane, the local coordinator, who arrived outside the abortion center at 7 in the morning to find a number of people on the sidewalk standing up for the babies and moms.
"We are seeing such a reduction in clientele" at the abortion center, she said, "and we are very excited to see our prayers working!"
Jane said they will continue to pray that this facility will go out of business. "Who can resist this exhibition of life on the sidewalk?"
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
— Job 12:9-10
Thank you, Father God, for being the Creator of my life and every life. Please give me, and the society in which I live, an appreciation for your gift of life. Please help us set aside our pride and acknowledge that we need you. Show me how I can honor you today in response to all the blessings you bestow freely.
See today's full devotional
For life,
Shawn D. Carney
President, 40 Days for Life
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