At least 676 mothers were swayed from aborting their babies by volunteers on the 40 Days for Life international campaign and its concurrent bus tour that ended Nov. 6, according to the campaign’s preliminary tally.
As the campaign ended Nov. 6, major campaign sponsor Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) of St. Paul, Minn., estimated 676 lives had been saved, based on reports from volunteers who conducted fasts and held prayer vigils outside 367 abortion facilities in 270 U.S. cities and more than 20 foreign countries.
“The numbers are reported by our local leaders and volunteers,” 40 Days for Life North American Campaign Director Steve Karlen told Baptist Press. “There are a variety of ways leaders learn of babies saved from abortion. Perhaps the most typical is when a woman leaves the abortion center and thanks the on-site volunteers for being there to change her mind.”
A new feature of the 2016 campaign was the 40 Days for Life United bus tour that made stops at Planned Parenthood facilities in 127 U.S. cities, beginning Sept. 28 in Washington D.C. and ending Nov. 6 in Richmond, Va. Campaign volunteers
“The greatest blessings of the tour were seeing unprecedented hope and enthusiasm from pro-lifers across the country,” Karlen said. “We saw consistently large crowds at the 127 cities we visited. People traveled from miles away to join our rallies — many of them who have never been involved in pro-life activism before.
“And most importantly, we saw thousands upon thousands of Americans commit to praying and taking peaceful action for an end to abortion,” Karlen said.
Each city-based 40 Days for Life campaign is distinguished by 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a “constant, peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside abortion facilities” PLAM said. The group worked with at least five other national ministries and numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups in conducting the bus tour, which began Sept. 28 in Washington D.C.
Other sponsors of the 17,000-mile tour were March for Life, Heartbeat International, Silent No More Awareness, Students for Life and Susan B. Anthony List, along with numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups including many Southern Baptists, PLAM said.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press