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Deacon John,

Great news from the 40 Days for Life team in Rochester, Minnesota — Planned Parenthood has quit doing RU-486 abortions there!

For more than six years, the Rochester facility offered “webcam” abortions – we’ve mentioned these abortions before. The client is interviewed over the internet by a physician in a distant location and then given the RU-486 pill regimen by remote control.

More than 320 of these abortions were done in Rochester.


“We are encouraged that the Lord has heard our many prayers and we are thankful that no more babies will die in this facility via RU-486,” said Paula Ellefson, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Rochester. “It is directly across the street from one of our city’s high schools and it is typically very busy with students throughout the day.”

Twelve 40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted there, along with numerous other pro-life events. Paula and her team will continue to pray that this Planned Parenthood will close down completely.


According to Pro-Life Action Ministries, which leads the 40 Days for Life vigils in St. Paul, webcam abortions began in Iowa and were also done in Maine and Minnesota. With the end of the program in Rochester, there are no more webcam abortions taking place in Minnesota.

Sue Thayer is the only former Planned Parenthood worker to lead a 40 Days for Life campaign outside of her former workplace. Her discomfort with webcam abortions in Iowa led to her departure … which she discusses in a 40 Days for Life podcast episode.

After Sue’s campaign, that Planned Parenthood location shut down!

Here a report from my latest trip … from a Planned Parenthood facility that is losing staff.


San Luis Obispo, California

I was joined by pastors and Students for Life’s campus director for a candle light vigil in front of the “100 years strong” sign at Planned Parenthood in San Luis Obispo.

Planned Parenthood recently marked the 100th anniversary of their founding, but their brand is at an all-time low – and still sinking. As for “100 years strong,” Planned Parenthood has lost staff in San Luis Obispo and is beginning to reduce their business hours.

An evangelical pastor told the crowd, “Those who support abortion support something irrational. The only hope is to pray, speak the truth in love, and give witness to the gospel” … [more]


Nottingham, England

From England comes more evidence that a peaceful, prayerful vigil has a distinct impact on the consciences of those who favor and promote abortion.

A pro-abortion group wants to ban a 40 Days for Life vigil from the public pavement outside Queen’s Medical Centre. Nottingham Pro Choice alleges the peaceful prayer presence is “intimidating” to women and approaches abortion from a “patronizing standpoint.”

The local volunteers know that these assertions are fiction, and noted that if there was any misbehavior outside the hospital, it was brought by those who want to shut down the vigil … [more]


Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

— Ephesians 4:31-32

Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom.

See today’s full devotional

For life,


Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life


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