|After 38 years of decriminalized abortion, Christians are well versed in the stats. In fact, many of us can cite the numbers from memory. More than 53 million children dead. Three thousand every day. One out of every four babies.
The statistics, however, don’t tell the whole story. A number like 53 million is nearly incomprehensible. It’s so large that it rightfully shocks people, but it can’t quite express the horror of killing even one innocent baby.
In any genocide, there’s one group of people that can fully grasp the scope of the misery: those who were there.
Photo, above: Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Virginia Zignego; Dan Miller, coordinator of 40 Days for Life Milwaukee; and Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Peggy Hamill, sidewalk counseling during this past fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign. They are wearing “Parenthood Volunteer” vests, which are a pro-life spin on the vests that the abortion facility workers wear.
The witnesses present at the atrocity understand perfectly the terror — and the necessity of ending the slaughter at once.
In particular, many PLW families have taken the lead in volunteering for and orchestrating a number of 40 Days for Life vigils. For years, Pro-Life Wisconsin families have come forward to offer a peaceful and prayerful witness at abortion facilities all over the state.
If you’re not familiar, 40 Days for Life consists of 40 straight days of on-site prayer and fasting at abortion mills, and it takes place each spring and fall. Tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities across the world participate with powerful results. This spring’s campaign runs March 9 to April 17.
Our witness has led many women to choose life. At the same time, other participants tell of more difficult experiences like watching wounded women limp out of the abortion facility. Every vigil is a mix of both deep joy and deep sorrow.
Pro-Life Wisconsin is privileged to be working hand-in-hand with pro-lifers in Juneau County and Sheboygan County this spring to start two new 40 Days campaigns. These vigils will bring forth hundreds of new witnesses petitioning the Lord with a united voice to end the violence.
These two vigils will also inject youth into the movement. In fact, the Sheboygan campaign is being organized by a small group of pro-life teens. Other than some help getting started from Pro-Life Wisconsin and the oversight of a mother, the Sheboygan teens are taking ownership for every aspect of the vigil. That means scheduling participants for every hour of the vigil, conducting outreach and managing communications to participants.
In Juneau County, we’ve found great inspiration in an even younger Pro-Life Wisconsinite. At just ten years old, Alex recently suffered an unexplained stroke. While he’s bouncing back, Alex’s future remains uncertain. But in spite of everything, Alex’s mother called the Pro-Life Wisconsin office to tell us Alex promised to dedicate his recovery to prayer for 40 Days for Life.
These young people recognize that they are survivors. With a quarter of their classmates wiped out by abortion, they aren’t content to sit back and wait for Roe vs. Wade to be overturned. They’re standing up in peaceful witness to take their country back — one changed heart at a time.
It’s my prayer that wherever you are, you’ll consider joining them. 40 Days for Life will be observed in the Wisconsin area in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Mauston, Wausau and Rockford, Ill. In addition, a perpetual prayer presence is maintained at the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. To get involved, contact our office or go to 40daysforlife.com.
As a testimony to how international 40 Days for Life is, vigils will be held in 10 cities in Spain, two cities in England, Armenia, and so on. Prayer can and will change the world!