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Deacon John,

No one grows up wanting to work in an abortion facility.

That’s why at 40 Days for Life vigils, we pray for everyone impacted – the babies, women, men – and even those who work in the abortion industry.

The pro-life movement is movement of converts … and therefore, a movement of hope.

There have been 143 abortion facility workers who have experienced conversions and left their jobs during 40 Days for Life campaigns.

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Take Abby Johnson, the director of the Planned Parenthood location where 40 Days for Life first began.

When she walked into my office in 2009, Abby became the 26th abortion worker to leave during a 40 Days for Life campaign.

She has since helped hundreds of other workers leave through her ministry, And Then There Were None.

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Ramona Trevino was a Planned Parenthood manager before she left during the first-ever 40 Days for Life vigil outside of her workplace.

These employees’ conversions are examples of the mercy of Christ.

We share some of the amazing stories of workers – including doctors – who have left the abortion industry in this new podcast.

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If you enjoy that podcast, you can hear the impact your prayers have on abortion facility employees from another former abortion worker Jewels Green in this episode.

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Not safe (again)

As we pray outside the abortion center, the first ones on our minds and hearts are the babies, whose lives are in imminent danger.

But the mothers’ lives can be in danger as well – despite the abortion industry’s claims that abortion is a “safe procedure.”

At least six times already during this campaign including twice at the Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis, Missouri ambulance crews have arrived at abortion facilities to take clients to the hospital.

Planned Parenthood in particular harps on the “safety” angle. But as Brian in St. Louis noted, “Planned Parenthood staff spent more time getting in the way of the stretcher with a large canvas versus ensuring this person was able to receive proper medical care.”

Brian said it appears that Planned Parenthood’s slogan is no longer “Care, no matter what,” but “Hide, deceive and block, no matter what.”

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Brisbane, Australia

This is the tenth 40 Days for Life vigil in Brisbane … where prayer volunteers serve as a visible presence outside the Marie Stopes abortion facility. The campaign was the subject of an article in the Brisbane Catholic Leader.

“Everyone on the pro-choice side would love to not think about abortion and the damage it causes in women and society,” local coordinator Brendan Wong told the newspaper.

“By being visible and loving and prayerful, we present the option for people to bring up abortion in a healthy and respectable way.”

Brendan said attendance at the campaign’s midpoint rally was larger than in previous years. “We could always do with more people getting involved and spreading the word,” he added. “It’s a visible sign that we care.”

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Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

—Psalm 139:16

Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and beauty of Your creation. Help us proclaim on behalf of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” May the knowledge that we are intimately known by You shape our lives and actions.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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