Monday, October 20, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct. 20, 2014

Mother in Coma Heard Everything, Was Scared They’d Turn Off Her Life Support Kate Allat suffered a stroke at the age of 39 and the mother spent 10 days in a coma afterwards. Now that she is past that frightful ordeal, Allat reveals in a new interview that she heard everything going on around her in her hospital room and she was fearful her life support would be turned off. Read More at

Miracle Baby Survived Because Doctors Glued Him in His Mother’s Womb Emma Ryley and her husband Paul struggled to have a baby for 15 years but they were finally able to give birth to a baby boy after doctors tried a new technique using embryo glue. The glue works by increasing the embryo’s ability to stick to the side of the womb after implantation in in-vitro fertilization. Read More at

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A Subpoena for Your Thoughts...

Family Research Council: Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been on quite a fishing expedition -- but it's her power that needs to be reeled in. Americans everywhere are appalled by the lesbian leader, who declared war on the First Amendment by barging into churches and demanding pastors' private communications. In a country still burning over the IRS's crackdown, Parker's missive became the subpoena heard 'round the world. Fed up with this administration's heavy-handedness, Houston has become a rallying cry for freedom-loving Americans tired of seeing their laws and liberties casually tossed aside in a liberal stampede.

"The city was counting on the fact that (its campaign) would be muddled in the court of public opinion," said Professor Matthew Wilson. "It wasn't." To this day, no one knows what the city is hoping to accomplish with the subpoenas. As Alliance Defending Freedom's Erik Stanley explained, "any information that is likely to turn up would be irrelevant to the pertinent legal matter -- which is that the mayor expressly violated the city charter by refusing to heed a certified referendum petition (on the "bathroom bill" that sparked this whole controversy)."

Obviously, Houston's leadership has one goal -- and information gathering isn't it. This is about political intimidation. But if the Mayor was hoping to scare off these churches, she'll have to try harder. Every pastor I've spoken to would go to jail before surrendering their God-given rights to preach the Truth. And as far as Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is concerned, imprisonment isn't a stretch. "I think that is a real risk," the Senator told CBN. "Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response." But he adds: "The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now."

Together with Attorney General Greg Abbott, Cruz is leading the Texas push-back to the city's out-of-control government. At yesterday's Houston rally, Sen. Cruz -- the son of a pastor himself -- joined church leaders to demand that Parker call off her attack dogs. "This is country that was formed centuries ago by people fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where you do not need to seek the permission of a king or queen or president...

The city of Houston has no power, no legal authority to silence the church. Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit."

Now, almost a week after the story exploded across the web, the Mayor's office is only digging in deeper. Yesterday, the Mayor tried to elicit sympathy for her cause by tweeting out a hit piece on me and others from the not-so-credible Media Matters site (which, incidentally, called her sermon-grab "basic lawyering"). In a clever move, the city filed a "revised" subpoena this morning that doesn't include pastors' sermons. That head-fake might fool some, but the reality is, Houston didn't need a subpoena to access those sermons in the first place! They were already public.

In this "new" filing, she still insists on seeing speeches (isn't a sermon a speech?), private emails, texts, and other communications related to the Mayor's office and the city's "bathroom bill."

As ADF fumes, "The city of Houston still doesn't get it. It thinks that by changing nothing in its subpoenas other than to remove the word 'sermons' that it has solved the problem. That solves nothing. Even though the pastors are not parties in this lawsuit, the subpoenas still demand from them 17 different categories of information -- information that encompasses speeches made by the pastors and private communications with their church members."

While tensions boil over on the ground, Houston City Attorney (and lightning rod) David Feldman poured gasoline on the fire. "The fact that you happen to be a pastor and you happen to be at a church doesn't provide you with protection." That may be, but the fact that you're an American living under the First Amendment does.

Join us in defending that freedom -- and pastors across the country -- in a special iStandSunday simulcast, live from one of the Mayor's targets, Houston's Grace Church, on November 2 at 6:00 p.m. (CT), 7:00 p.m. (ET). Governor Mike Huckabee, David and Jason Benham and others will gather to push back against the government's intimidation campaign in Houston and across America. For more details, click over to iStand website.

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DAY 27: 281 Lives Saved So Far - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: It’s Monday ... and that means good news! After almost four weeks of this 40 Days for Life campaign, there have been 281 babies saved from abortion – that we know of!

All credit and glory go to God alone, who has heard your prayers ... and answered them! Here are just a few examples.

Manassas, Virginia
“We heard about a young woman who came out of the abortion clinic crying,” said Ken in Manassas. As she drove past the prayer volunteers, she stopped the car, got out and came running toward them, happily shouting that she had decided to keep her baby.

“She was embraced with great joy and then she surprised everyone by grabbing a sign, holding it up proudly … and praying with her new friends,” he said. “As you can see, your presence out there is powerful ... and you never know what good might happen!

Fresno, California
Planned Parenthood after learning she was pregnant. She was in tears.

“Her boyfriend had just gotten out of jail,” said Marcos, the 40 Days for Life leader in Fresno, “and she was told by the Planned Parenthood staff that in her situation, abortion was the best alternative and would make everything better.”

The vigil participants, however, shared information about the help that is available in Fresno.

“I also talked to the boyfriend and let him know that the child is also his … and he is just as responsible for the child as she is,” he said. “We talked for a while and at the end of our conversation they seemed more at ease.”

She had intended to make an appointment for an abortion … but after hearing that she can find real, life-affirming help, she would not be going back and would keep her baby.

Marcos said, “Women often just need to know that they are not alone.

Manchester, England
John in Manchester says vigil participants give out information envelopes. The exchange can be a conversation starter … and there can be very positive results.

A woman and man arriving at the abortion facility took one of the envelopes … and when they left the building a short time later, they told the volunteers they would not be going ahead with the abortion.

“Our volunteers also gave out client envelopes and had friendly discussions with two teenagers coming for abortions,” John said.

“Feeling already uncertain, they finally wanted to keep their babies. One of the girls blew a kiss to the volunteers as she was leaving,” he said. “These saves were a welcome new experience for these particular volunteers.”

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

We Care

Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life: Sexual assault is unfortunately prevalent in today’s culture. The National Institute of Justice reports that three percent of all college-age women are victims of completed or attempted rape, which translates to about 300 women on a campus of 10,000 female students. And nearly 80 percent of female victims of completed rape experienced the crime before the age of 25.RebekahBerg

If sexual assault is as common as these statistics point out, how can we not talk about abortion in cases of rape? It is estimated that pregnancy occurs in five percent of rapes. These women are then faced with the heart wrenching choice of parenting their child or having an abortion.

Pro-lifers, especially those in the public eye, need to know how to answer the “what about rape?” question. This week, Students for Life of America is launching our national We Care Tour visiting 14 college campuses in eight states covering 5,580 miles this fall, addressing this very question, not shirking from it.

The fear of becoming the next Todd Akin is at the forefront of the minds of many good, pro-life candidates who have no idea how to answer that question when it comes to abortion. Admittedly, it’s a tough one, especially during election season where “rape” has been called “the four-letter word.”

By refusing to answer the question or giving a cringe-worthy response, the credibility of the pro-life movement is put in jeopardy because we leave doubts in the minds of so many Americans who have mixed emotions on the question, believing abortion is wrong but not wanting to further hurt a rape survivor.

However, it’s a question that must be answered because so much is at stake: the health and well-being of the mother and the life of the baby, who through no fault of his or her own now exists. While crisis pregnancies in cases of rape are indeed a very tiny percentage of all abortions committed, they still involve the taking of a life and a lifetime of complications, mentally and possibly physically, for rape survivors.

During our tour, we will have the very real and honest conversations that need to be had; pass out rape whistles, sexual consent cards, and hotline numbers; and tell the stories of those women who conceived because of rape.

The conversations will be hard, especially given the violent and personal nature of rape and sexual assault. The pro-life movement absolutely has to be compassionate and understanding of what these women have been through and continue to suffer. But abortion is not the answer to lessening that suffering.

While the intention may be to ease her suffering, abortion, even in the case of rape, is a great injustice to the second victim, the baby, because he or she did not choose to be placed in this situation, either. Ultimately, we will ask the question: If both victims of this tragic situation can walk away with their lives intact, isn’t that the best option?

The Elliot Institute surveyed 192 women who conceived during a rape or incest. Of those victims, 70 percent carried the baby to term and either raised the child or made an adoption plan, 29 percent had an abortion, and 1.5 percent had a miscarriage.

43 percent of these women said they felt pressured to abort from family or health workers.
78 percent of those who aborted had regrets and said that abortion was the wrong solution.
None of the women who gave birth said they regretted their decision.

Talking about the “what about rape?” question demands generous compassion and empathy. Sexual assault is an incredibly violent crime that no one should ever have to face. The damage done to the victims are extensive – mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually – but adding an abortion to that crime is adding another, equally innocent, victim. The pro-life movement needs to find a way to deliver that message with care and love.

— We Care Tour Stops —
University in New York, Buffalo
Boston University
Michigan State University
Oakland University
University of Michigan-Flint
University of Kentucky
Western Kentucky University
University of Memphis
Arizona State University
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of Northern Colorado
Colorado State University, Pueblo
University of New Mexico

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DAY 26: Thankful 38 Years Later - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: 40 Days for Life is based in the grass roots ... where abortions actually take place. Our headquarters team takes great joy in meeting and praying with as many campaign volunteers as possible because the end of abortion starts at the local level.

Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director, has already visited at least 20 vigil locations this fall ... with many more stops scheduled before November 2.

Every visit reveals the power of prayer and what is at stake in every abortion. As Steve reports from a recent trip, when a mom chooses life for her baby, that baby grows up to be very thankful ... even 38 years later.

Overland Park, Kansas
Wendy, the local leader in Overland Park, shared a story about how 40 Days for Life connects with people and builds community

A man walked up to Mike, one of the volunteers, to thank him for being there. The man said that 38 years ago, his mother and grandmother had scheduled an abortion – an abortion that would have taken place if it had not been for the people on the sidewalk that day.

The man was especially thankful for that … because he was the baby that was saved!

On another occasion, a woman approached the volunteers to tell a different sort of story. Ten years ago, she had a baby who died shortly after birth. She told the vigil participants that in her case, abortion would have been “easier” on her and the baby.

“This young mother had four small children with her, but was still very obviously in pain from the experience ten years ago,” Wendy said. “The counselors on the sidewalk listened with empathy and tried to tell her that she made the right decision. She left without changing her mind, but she nonetheless saw a witness of God’s love.”

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
It’s campaign number eight in Sioux Falls … a location that’s notable because this vigil takes place in front of the last remaining abortion facility in South Dakota.

Cathy, the campaign leader in Sioux Falls, shared the good news that a baby was saved from abortion through the prayers of the volunteers.

She was also excited that 27 members of a youth group, along with their leaders, came from the communities of Flandreau and Elkton to pray at the vigil. That’s roughly an hour away from Sioux Falls.

The momentum is really building here,” Cathy said, “and I can’t wait to share our next victory with you.”

Fayetteville, Arkansas
When I arrived at the vigil in Fayetteville, there were a bunch of people out praying. A director from a local pregnancy center came out for my visit, which provided an opportunity for Julia, the local 40 Days for Life campaign leader, to network with the center.

I’ve known Julia since I met her in Florida back in 2010. I’ve had great respect for her as she’s never been afraid to roll up her sleeves and do whatever necessary to help the pre-born and their mothers.

She’s got a tremendous heart for the mission and has helped saved babies in New York City and Eastern Pennsylvania … and has now settled in Northwest Arkansas where she’s brought her life-saving gifts to Fayetteville.

Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s update!

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Pro-Life Film That Will Touch Your Heart

American Life League received a link to this life-affirming video. At under four minutes in length, it is a true celebration of life.

We encourage you to watch it.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cruz: Houston Has No Power to Silence the Church

The Christian Broadcasting Network: Texas U.S . Senator Cruz speaks out against Houston mayor and city official on their effort to silence the church by demanding copies of sermons regarding opposition to local city ordinance where transgender and gays may opt which bath room they wish to use. In other words, a man who considers himself a woman may enter and use the women's bathroom even when occupied by women and  women who consider themselves a man may use the men's bathrooms when men are present.

Cruz joined pastors and Religious Right activists at a press conference in Houston, and in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody today said that all his warnings about the persecution of Christians in America have come to fruition. When Brody asked Cruz if “we very well soon go through a period where pastors are hauled off to jail for a hate crime because they are speaking for traditional marriage,” Cruz agreed, saying, "I think that is a real risk and you and I have both pointed to that risk in the past."

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Pro-Life Straight Talk: The Importance of Going to Abortion Facilities

by Frank Pavone, PRiest for Life: We go to the abortion facilities because children are being killed and we go in solidarity with them. We go to intervene to save them and to give women better options than abortion. More insights in video:
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Obama's America

by Judie Brown, American Life League: You and I need to wake up.

We have watched the creation and rise of an Islamic State bent on our death and destruction and understand that this horror is happening because of our president's weakness and failure to act.

We have watched the horrific spread of Ebola throughout parts of Africa and now beginning in our own nation and realize that this is due to our president's failure to act with our best interests at heart. And we watch our national debt spiral out of control and threaten the future of our children and grandchildren due to our president's gross incompetence. We must now ask ourselves, "Why are we allowing this?"

America is sick. America is losing its soul. As a nation we surgically murder 3,000 nameless children every day. We discard them like garbage. And since 1973 we have surgically killed over 60,000,000 baby boys and girls due to our selfishness and utter lack of respect for human life and dignity.

Our God is a merciful, loving, and forgiving God, but He is also a just God. I believe Barack Obama is a chastisement on the Lord's people for our failure to stand for the truth with courage and conviction regardless of the costs. We need to wake up.

At the end of a recent address to members of the most vile organization ever created, our president said, "Planned Parenthood, God bless you." Wow, what distorted thinking! God does not bless those who perpetrate and commit mass murder! I cannot think of a more egregious example of taking our Lord's name in vain!

I am often asked, "What can we do?" The very first thing we have done at American Life League is pray. We pray for our president every day. The hardest of hearts can be converted, and if we have the faith to pray -- and in the case of our president, also fast --conversion is possible. Pray for our president; pray and fast for his conversion.

But we must also shine our light in the darkness. Every day at ALL we help save moms and babies from the lies and deception of those who kill and maim for profit. Children are not a disease; they are not a commodity to be discarded out of fear or convenience. Through God's grace we help convince pregnant women that they are already mothers, and that they have a beautiful gift living inside of them. Love changes hearts, but courage and fearlessness in Christ combats and defeats evil!

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DAY 25: Keep It Simple - 30 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Recently I visited a few 40 Days for Life campaigns that really show how God uses the simple things to make a difference — and sometimes all it takes is for you to just show up!

The mere sight of a person standing in silent prayer can speak volumes to a young woman who has been told that abortion will solve her problems. When they see that someone is praying – for them and their babies – it can make all the difference in the world.

Most of the time, we don’t see that difference right away. But other times, it can become clear a week, month or even a year later ... like I found out during my stop in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis, Indiana
It was cold and rainy, but still it was an enthusiastic campaign in Indianapolis in front of a Planned Parenthood facility where an estimated half of Indiana’s abortions are done.

While I was speaking to the crowd, a woman drove up. She had seen a large number of people out praying and said, “I need to share something with you.”

The woman then thanked volunteers for being out at the vigil. She said that she was on her way to have an abortion at that Planned Parenthood last year during the 40 Days for Life campaign … but couldn’t go through with it after seeing volunteers praying at the abortion center.

She said she drove on by, never went back, and now has a beautiful son who was sitting in the back seat of her car.

Linda, who is helping lead the 40 Days for Life campaign, was so excited to see how God used their presence last year without them knowing until recently exactly how He was doing that.

Stories like this remind us that the cold and the rain are worth enduring when there are lives at stake. Praise God for this mom’s courage … and her willingness to share her story with those who were out praying for her.

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director, and I had a chance to visit with the 40 Days for Life team in Robbinsdale. It’s the first campaign there. Here’s a quick story about how their presence on the sidewalk is already making a difference.

A young woman walked up to a couple of vigil participants who were praying and holding signs. She said she was there for an abortion … but the volunteers sensed she really didn’t want to go through with it.

The counselors talked to her about the positive choices she could make – and noted there was a pregnancy help center right across the street from the abortion facility.

As they walked with her to the pregnancy center, they learned more about her. She’s a single mother with other children … and the baby’s father is not around to help. She said the main reason she was drawn to abortion is her financial situation – she said she couldn’t afford to raise another child.

She kept asking about adoption. Please keep this young mom in your prayers!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct. 17, 2014

Pro-Life Student Saves Her Own Sibling, Her Mom Had Abortion Appointment The Next Day Sometimes, the baby you save might be your own sibling. Preparing for the 10th anniversary of the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct. 21, Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper received an email from a young woman who took part in the silent protest last year. Read More at

Raped by Someone She Trusted, She Refused Abortion and is Raising Her Daughter on Her Own Lauran Bunting faced a bit of culture shock when she headed to public high school as a freshman after being homeschooled. Having been raised Christian, she had morals that she wanted to stay true to, but she admits letting them slip a bit with the desire to fit in at school. Read More at

Woman Faces Trial After Police Find Three Dead Babies in Closets, One Stuffed in a Backpack A Massachusetts woman faces trial after authorities found the bodies of three dead babies in closets in her home. One of the babies reportedly lived for hours after birth. Read More at

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DAY 24: Abortion Workers and You - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: As we get into the second half of the campaign, two groups of people are being challenged — those who have thought about praying at a vigil but haven't done so yet ... and abortion workers who have — for the first time — begun to question their jobs.

We've seen 104 abortion workers have a change of heart and resign during 40 Days for Life campaigns ... and most of them do so in the last half of the campaign. They may brush off or even mock the peaceful vigil outside their workplace at first, but over time they begin to turn their attention to the work going on inside their building.

God uses your peaceful presence to save lives ... and touch the hearts of those who work in the abortion industry. If you have considered going out to pray but haven’t done so, there is still time ... and that time can have a huge impact on abortion in your community!

Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you. God answers prayers! Here are a few examples.

Little Rock, Arkansas
“We had a save today!” said Rita in Little Rock.

A young girl came with her boyfriend to have an ultrasound. She went inside while he went to park the car. As he walked to the building, the volunteers told him about the pregnancy resource center.

“He said he would go in and tell her about it,” she said. The woman came out a few minutes later. “We told her that we could get her a free ultrasound and we walked her to the pregnancy resource center.”

She later got back in touch with the vigil participants and told them she is keeping her baby.

Rita said later that same day, there was more good news. “Another lady changed her mind … she said she couldn’t go through with it.” She left the abortion center and did not return.

Columbia, Missouri
Planned Parenthood in Columbia is no longer doing abortions – but they’re certainly referring women to other locations that perform them. So there’s still a reason to pray on the sidewalk outside.

“It appeared that several women were there for abortion counseling,” said Kathy, the Columbia leader. “Please pray for these women, especially the ones who refused our information and rushed out of the driveway.”

Prayer volunteers did succeed in convincing a couple of women to visit the local pregnancy help center for life-affirming assistance.

Kathy said there was one busy day at Planned Parenthood recently, but on many days, business is off. “And only three workers were there – down from six. One has to wonder, what is going on?”

An empty parking lot is always good news. “Keep praying for this clinic to close,” she said. “When clinics close, babies are saved.”

Cincinnati, Ohio
A determined group of volunteers stood outside Planned Parenthood on a very rainy night in Cincinnati, as Archbishop Dennis Schnurr led them in prayer. “The archbishop commented on how we are witnesses for life … and making a difference,” said Theresa in Cincinnati.

With so much rain in the forecast, the Cincinnati team said it was uncertain whether anyone would actually go out that night – but the leaders really appreciated their perseverance.

“Let us continue during these 40 Days for Life with prayer, fasting and community outreach to end abortion,” Theresa said.

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Stoplight: 'Houston, We Have a Freedom'

CitizenLink Team:  Take Action: The mayor of Houston is demanding that some local preachers hand over their sermon notes, emails, text messages and more. Send her a note through our Action Center asking her to leave the pastors alone.

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard explains the real issue: The mayor apparently does not want any public opposition to her decision to add “gender identity” to a city ordinance. So, she had her attorneys send subpoenas to the ministers demanding every communication they may have made concerning the ordinance and a petition drive to undo what the mayor did. And, yes, it includes a request for their sermons.

The pastors say that change to the ordinance puts women at risk, and they found 50,000 people in Houston who were willing to sign the petitions.

After you watch the video, please send a note to the mayor through our Action Center. We’ve already written it for you. And be sure to share the link with your friends. The mayor needs to hear from America.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct 16, 2014

Planned Parenthood Turns 98: Celebrates 6.6 Million Abortions With Picture of Baby Carriages Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, is celebrating its 98th birthday today and the abortion giant has done over 6.6 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, more than any other abortion company. Read More at

Miracle Surgery in the Womb Saves Unborn Baby’s Life After Deadly Tumor Discovered Little Ethan Leibbrandt would have died had he not had a miraculous surgery in the womb. Although abortion activists like to make the public think unborn children are no more than blobs of tissue or fetal cells, this pre-birth surgery shows unborn children are indeed human beings worth saving and protecting. Read More at

Joni Eareckson Tada Pleads With 29-Year-Old Brittany Maynard to Not Kill Herself Earlier this month, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard revealed she was planning to end her own life with the “death with dignity prescription” on November 1.Her choice to take the deadly drug came after finding out she had stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, which usually kills its victims in a matter of months. Read More at

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DAY 23: VIDEO -- Saving Lives Around The World - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: 40 Days for Life is a grassroots effort. Even as the campaign continues to grow, our headquarters team tries to visit as many 40 Days for Life locations as possible. It’s important for us to meet with you, and your fellow volunteers, at your prayerful vigil.

With 297 cities in 11 countries conducting 40 Days for Life campaigns right now, it’s not humanly possible to get to every location ... but one man seems to be making a run for it: Robert Colquhoun. Robert is our London-based international outreach director ... and he is on a 40 Days for Life world tour — literally!

As the man who brought the first 40 Days for Life vigil to Great Britain a few years back, Robert knows what it takes to lead a campaign and overcome difficult challenges and persecution. He also knows what it’s like to meet a baby who was about to be aborted.

During this campaign, Robert will be visiting Africa, Australia, South America and Europe ... so look for more updates from him over these next few weeks.

Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa
Watch Robert’s inspiring five-minute video report ... straight from the 40 Days for Life front lines in Africa.

There are currently six campaigns underway in Africa, and Robert was able to meet with 40 Days for Life leaders there and visit several of the locations.

The culture differs greatly from North America or Europe, and the legal landscape varies in each country as well. But in each location, the need for life-affirming outreach is clear ... and, as you'll see in the video, lives are being saved!

Riga, Latvia
The first 40 Days for Life effort in Latvia’s capital city is getting attention from the people – and the media. “One of the biggest newspapers published a story about our activities,” said Janis, the leader in Riga, “and more mass media interest was created by that newspaper article.

One TV station interviewed Janis and Fr. Aivars Licis, a priest who’s been helping with the campaign. That’s Janis who is partially hidden by the cameraman in the photo. “It gave us an opportunity to explain our position on abortion,” he said.

Volunteers conducted a prayer walk from St. Albert Church, which is close to the hospital. They walked around the hospital fence and returned to the church for prayer in the Garden of Souls. “That’s a small monument in our church garden dedicated to aborted and miscarried children,” Janis explained

He said the 40 Days for Life devotionals, which have been translated into Latvian, are especially popular. There’s a group that prays with the devotionals in church each morning. “Another friend told me he was downloading the devotionals and praying at home."

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