Deacon John,

We take abortion personally … because every abortion impacts all of of humanity.

The people who understand this the most are the real heroes of 40 Days for Life — the local campaign leaders. These selfless people sacrifice their time and comfort to lead local vigils … from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Charleston to Auckland to Boston.


They all know the impact of abortion … and for some of them, it’s even more deeply personal.

Here’s an example from one of the newest 40 Days for Life leaders.


Centralia, Washington

The local newspaper in Centralia ran an article about 40 Days for Life and Caroline Bowes, the 20-year-old first-time director of the local campaign.

Caroline (on the left in this photo), her sisters Valerie and Victoria and her brother Kyle are quadruplets.

But if their parents had listened to the doctors when their mom was pregnant, there would have only been two babies instead of four. The doctors said they were concerned about her mother’s safety and recommended abortion.

“My parents knew that God would provide for them, so they chose life,” she told the newspaper.

As for the vigil itself, Caroline says it’s making an impact, which she’s seen while standing in the rain praying with others … [more]


Iasi, Romania

“It’s a miracle!” said Julia in Romania. A mother in Iasi and admitted she was on her way to abort. “But seeing the tenacity with which they were defending life she decided to keep the baby” … [more]


Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is another of the many cities where the local Catholic bishop has not only had good things to say about 40 Days for Life … but has also come out to the sidewalk to pray with the volunteers … [more]


The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

—Luke 4:18-19

Lord, send us to the poorest, the most broken, the most captive, the most blind and the most oppressed in the world, the innocent pre-born children in their mother’s wombs that are scheduled for destruction. Help us to bring them healing, liberty, sight and justice through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

See today’s full devotional

For life,


Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life


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