40 Days For Life

Please Consider Joining The Spring 40 Days For Life Campaign

The 40 Days For Life Pray To End Abortion Spring Campaign starts tomorrow, March 5 (Ash Wednesday) and runs through April 13 (Palm Sunday). 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power to end abortion. It brings together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God's favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion. 40 Days For Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

» Prayer and Fasting: Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. Prayer must be the first thing we do if we want to end abortion.

» Peaceful Vigil: The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a focused, 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a single Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.

» Community Outreach: During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community. Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials and opinion pieces.

 

Please consider joining our 40 Days For Life friends in this campaign to end abortion in our nation. Since its modest beginning several years ago in Texas, it has grown exponentially across the country and internationally, saving thousands of infants' lives because of the modest commitment of every day people. Follow this link to  see a video about the campaign and link to more information about its history.

Below is a list of localities in Virginia that are participating in 40 Day For Life this spring. Click on the link closest to where you live and it will lead you to a local webpage where you can sign up with your name and e-mail address to get involved. For more information, visit the main 40 Days For Life website by clicking here or the image above.

Alexandria

Falls Church

Manassas

Newport News

Richmond

Roanoke

Virginia Beach

New CBS/New York Times Poll: 61 Percent Favor Restrictions On Abortion Or Outright Ban

I'm not sure what's more devastating to the Left today: A new comprehensive poll from CBS and the New York Times that says only six percent think Obamacare is working or the 61 percent who say there should be tighter restrictions on abortion or an outright ban! Guy Benson on his TownHall.com Tipsheet breaks down all the issues and numbers here. Among the findings:

» President Barack Obama's approval rating is at a dismal 41 percent.

» Republicans hold a three point lead over Democrats in the generic Congressional ballot preference question, although seven percent more Democrats than Republicans were polled. All those polled were registered voters, whereas likely voters typically are more conservative.

» While 56 percent believe "same-sex marriage" should be legal, two-thirds believe each state should be allowed to determine their own definition. Bad news for so-called "marriage equality" advocates in Virginia.

» In an a result that's sure to depress the Left, a slight majority even believes that "Global Warming" either naturally occurs or doesn't exist at all. To the Elitist Left, that must only confirm what they think of us — that we're all a bunch of rubes and only they are intelligent enough to understand the "settled science."

As for abortion, the spring campaign of 40 Days For Life is about to kick off. We are big fans of this amazing, prayer-and-fasting campaign that has saved countless babies from death. It's this type of spiritual movement, setting the example for the country — indeed, the world, as the video below demonstrates — and probably a significant reason for the dramatic change in attitude on abortion reflected in the poll. It's not the first such poll, either. The tide has turned. Watch this video, then click here to read more about the exemplary work and prayer 40 Days For Life does, and sign up to join others in prayer in your city, county or town.

Whether it's former Planned Parenthood employees, post-abortive mothers, mothers who had a last second change of heart or any number of people from all walks of life, people put their faith into action with 40 Days For Life.

Twisted Sisters: NARAL Celebrates Abortion Providers Appreciation Day During Lent

It's a safe assumption that most of you knew that last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and Sunday morning marked the start of Daylight Savings Time. But are you aware there was another day last week that some consider noteworthy and worth celebrating? Don't feel bad if you are not. No one here was either until we were appalled to learn, thanks to the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia blog, that Friday was the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

We wish this was a joke. Sadly it's not. The pro-abortion group Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice even produced a video to to promote this "holiday:" 

What? You didn't know? Friday was thank your abortion provider day! What's next, abortion gift certificates during Christmas? Wait, Planned Parenthood has that covered, too.

This is a twisted "celebration" — the sacrifice of innocent life — especially during the 40 Day Season of Lent, when people of faith are reminded of our Savior's sacrifice. Instead, NARAL is urging its supporters to send a note of thanks to those who staff these life-depriving centers and perform abortions. (It's not the first time a pro-abortion group has mocked a holy season. Remember this from Planned Parenthood?)

This reminder of our culture's disrespect for Life makes us especially grateful for your stand for Life in the face of such depravity. So, during Lent, we encourage you to consider a more appropriate note of thanks — a note of thanks to those who are on the front lines of protecting innocent life —Virginia's Pregnancy Resource Centers. Here's a testimonial from a couple of years ago by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on his local PRC, but it could apply to any PRC in the country. Hensarling is the fourth ranking member of the House Republican majority

 

Rep. Hensarling paints the life affirming contrast between PRCs and pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood.

Or, participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign

Stand up for life and the real ideals of the season. 

The General Assembly's recent passage of a bill requiring the Board of Health to create regulations for Virginia's abortion centers is a great first step in our attempt to return a respect for Life to Virginia. While others uplift a celebration of abortion in the name of "freedom" and "choice," we hope you will be encouraged by this recent win and remain committed to the cause of Life.

Want To Reduce Abortions In Virginia? Join 40 Days For Life.

In just a few days, from March 9 to April 17, Virginians will unite with thousands of others around the world for the largest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history — the worldwide 40 Days for Life campaign (click here for more information). 40 Days for Life, which has grown exponentially in recent years, is a focused pro-life campaign that has generated measurable lifesaving results (see its blog) in every community where it has been implemented. For example, here in Richmond:

» At least seven children have survived their trip to the abortion center as their mothers chose life and left the center without going through with their scheduled abortions.

» The Virginia Commonwealth University Students for Life organized sidewalk counseling training, assembled and distributed informational packets and conducted a very successful diaper drive on campus and in local churches to benefit the local pregnancy resource center.

» Dozens of new members joined the pro-life network and together spent hundreds of hours in prayer for an end to abortion.

The 40 Days for Life campaign is made up of three key components:

» Prayer and Fasting: Inviting people of faith throughout your city to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

» Peaceful Constant Vigil: Standing for life through a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local abortion facility.

» Community Outreach: Taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message to every corner of your city through media efforts, church presentations, petition drives and public visibility.

For more information about events in your area, please go to one of the following Web sites:

Alexandria

Fairfax

Manassas

Newport News

Richmond

Roanoke

Virginia Beach

We encourage you to get your church involved as well. Volunteers are needed to take part in each aspect of 40 Days for Life. Along with prayer and fasting, people need to sign up for the vigil at a local abortion center, and for community outreach. Please consider joining this important effort.

There also are several kick-off and organizational events scheduled around the commonwealth in preparation for 40 Days for Life. Find these events on the Web page for your area.

This unique opportunity does require a commitment of your time. But I truly believe that we need God's direct intervention if we are going to ever rid our nation of abortion. We hope you join the thousands of citizens from across the nation (and around the world) and be a part of 40 Days for Life.

A Campaign For The Unborn: 40 Days For Life About To Begin Largest Ever Effort

Next week, the largest ever campaign 40 Days for Life will commence. People in an incredible 238 cities across the nation and across the world will join together to impact our society for the glory of God and the protection of His children. So far, there are 40 Days for Life campaigns in eight Virginia cities: — Alexandria, CharlottesvilleFairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Richmond, Roanoke and Virginia Beach. (Click on the cities for more information, or the link prior to learn how to start one in your area.) From Wednesday, September 22-October 31, from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 40 Days for Life will focus on:

» Prayer and Fasting: inviting people of faith to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion;

» Peaceful Constant Vigil: standing for life through a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local abortion center; and

» Community Outreach: taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message everywhere possible, through media efforts, the Internet, church presentations, petition drives and public visibility.

I strongly encourage you to get involved in this movement. Time and time again, God has used the faithful few to bring about a beneficial change in their nations. However, not only must we ourselves become active, we must also tell others about this campaign. We must gather together as many people as possible in order to peaceably show abortion advocates and society in general that abortion is most certainly not the best choice — that it is a poor choice. I would urge you to inform your churches of this tremendous opportunity to serve the Lord and show His love.

Although participating in the 40 Days for Life movement will incur a commitment of time and energy, The Family Foundation of Virginia believes that in light of the importance of the cause, the effort will be well worth it. I hope and pray that you will join us in supporting the value of human life, and in affirming the continued power of our great God in this nation.

One Group's Mission: Improve Constitutional Literacy

Taking a page out of the 40 Days For Life playbook — by its own admission — WeReadThe Constitution.com, a project of Let Freedom Ring, is advancing the constitutional literacy of Americans one neighborhood, one community, one city and county at a time. The organization is promoting the reading of the U.S. Constitution in groups large and small, in public places and private homes, throughout the nation on September 18, the first Saturday after Constitution Day (September 17). Its Web page includes an interactive map which locates areas where such gatherings are taking place and for people to make known their own events. The idea is to increase its presence throughout the country each year on Constitution Day to encourage further understanding of the constitution and the limits on federal power it contains. In fact, just reading the constitution in one sitting — it takes about an hour, including all 27 amendments — makes it clear that the founding document was written to protect individual liberty by strictly limiting the authority of the national government. 

If We Read The Constitution can replicate the growth and effectiveness of what 40 Days For Life has had on the pro-life movement, where the numbers of people who silently pray in front of abortion centers for 40 days have grown exponentially over the last three years, the day will be soon when Americans will have a full understanding of the our blue print of self-governance. That, in turn, may finally lead to a Congress, courts and president that understand such limits.

Right now, there are 96 such events registered at WeReadTheConstitution.com, including six in Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Centreville, Gainesville, Locust Grove and Purcellville. That's a good start, but we wish there were more and encourage Virginians to, as we did in framing the constitution, and as we are in defending it now, to lead in a rebirth of its understanding. So, if at all interested, please get involved and organize an event. With the Internet and a week still to go, it doesn't take much to get one started — and an important movement rolling.

People interested in learning more or who want to get involved may, in addition to visiting its Web site, contact Peter Knickerbocker at 540-775-2332 or at peter@lfrusa.com for more information.

Pew Poll Confirms Tide Has Turned In Abortion Debate

In late August, Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds took what most political analysts said was a gamble when he began hammering Republican Bob McDonnell on the issue of abortion — and in contradiction of his pledge to leave social issues out of the campaign. Many thought Deeds' lackluster campaign was looking for an issue that would motivate his base, but at the risk of alienating independent voters. Thursday, the Pew Research Center for People & the Press released a national survey (see Pew) that might indicate the Deeds move was the wrong one. Said Pew:

Recently, Americans have become more opposed to legal abortion.

In fact, the division between those who believe abortion should be illegal in almost all cases is nearly even with those who believe it should be legal in most cases, a significant shift. Plus, the number of those who think abortion should be more difficult to obtain also increased (see U.S. News & World Report).

But what should worry Deeds the most is that liberal Democrats polled have lost an extraordinary amount of intensity on the issue. According to Pew:

There has been a 26-point drop since 2006 in the proportion of liberal Democrats who say abortion is a critical issue, from 34 percent to 8 percent.

Ooops! So much for energizing the base.

As with any abortion poll, the news is mixed, but it discloses many positive trends. For example, it indicates an important shift in public opinion away from abortion on demand. It confirms a Gallup poll from May (see Gallup) that shows more Americans consider themselves pro-life than "pro-choice" for the first time in that poll's history.

So, we are winning this issue on a daily basis by changing hearts and minds. It is nearly impossible to look at the beauty shown by an ultrasound and not recognize the humanity that exists. Any woman who has heard the heartbeat of her unborn child for the first time and then sees the image of that child inside her is drawn naturally to the conclusion that it is a human life worth defending.

More and more people are drawn to that defense, too. Virginians and Americans are joining together for the next several weeks for 40 Days for Life. We urge you to join with them (see how, here) in praying for more hearts and minds to change. Also, call your local pregnancy resource center and lend a hand. Reach out to a woman in crisis and provide for her needs. Together, through prayer and action, and through God’s blessing, we will one day live in a nation that respects all human life — born and unborn.

Our Favorite Campaign

Most people might think we at The Family Foundation of Virginia, as involved in Virginia policy and politics as we are, love this time of year for its campaign season. Yes, but . . . not exactly what you might think. It's a different type of campaign that stirs our hearts. The campaign we speak of has nothing to do with politicians, ads or promises. This  campaign is called 40 Days For Life and we encourage you to take part in this wonderful, prayerful opportunity for Virginians to take a stand against abortion.

Unlike our statewide political campaigns, we're not alone. Beginning this Wednesday, September 23, and through the next 40 days ending November 1, citizens in Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Manassas and Roanoke will unite with more than 200 cities in 45 states for the largest simultaneous nationwide pro-life mobilization in history.

The 40 Days for Life campaign is a focused pro-life effort that has generated measurable lifesaving results in every community where it has been held. Some cities have reported as much as a 28 percent drop in local abortions and hundreds of new people joining local lifesaving ministry efforts. It is made up of three key components:

» Prayer and Fasting: inviting people of faith to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion;

» Peaceful Constant Vigil: standing for life through a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local abortion center; and

» Community Outreach: taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message to every corner of your city through media efforts, church presentations, petition drives and public visibility.

For more information about events in your area, please click on one of the following links:

Alexandria   Charlottesville   Falls Church   Manassas   Richmond   Roanoke

We encourage you to get your church involved. Volunteers are needed to take part in each aspect of 40 Days for Life. Along with prayer and fasting, people need to sign up for the vigil at a local abortion center, and for the community outreach. Please consider joining this important effort.

If you do not live in, or near, one of these localities, then think about starting a 40 Days For Life campaign where you live. For more information, visit 40 Days For Life, here.

This unique opportunity does require a commitment of time. But we truly believe that we need God’s direct intervention if we are going to renew a culture of life in America. We hope you will join thousands of citizens from across the nation and be a part of 40 Days For Life.

Forty Days For Life 

40 Days for Life

24,000 Signed Up For Tonight's Pro-Life Webcast, More Welcome!

As of earlier today, 24,000 people have registered for the pro-life Webcast we mentioned Tuesday (see here). Of course, more are welcome. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and will last for about 70 minutes. Click on the above link for more details or visit stoptheabortionmandate.com (click here). Below is a list of featured speakers, an all-star line-up of individuals and organizations who and which do non-stop work in the defense of innocent, unborn life. Participating in an event with them is sure to be a very highly educational and motivating experience, and very much worth your time. One person we are particularly happy to see participate is Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life. She is particularly helpful to us during the General Assembly in lobbying for pro-life legislation.

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, U.S. House of Representatives KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee DR. JAMES DOBSON, Focus on the Family DR. CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life TOM MINNERY, Focus on the Family KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life PEGGY HARTSHORN, Heartbeat International DR. RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention ERLC MELINDA DELAHOYDE, Care Net DAY GARDNER, National Black Pro-Life Union CARMEN PATE, Point of View Radio Show DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life (moderator)

Prayer Vigil At New $3.5 Million Richmond Abortion Center Tomorrow; That's A Lot Of Money For A "Non-Profit" That Gets State Funding

Planned Parenthood is moving to a larger abortion center in Richmond tomorrow, per Saturday's Richmond Times-Dispatch. According to the article, it will be twice the size of the current abortion center and cost $3.5 million to buy and remodel. Hmmmm. With all that money Planned Parenthood 1) shouldn't have the need for state funding, now should it? And 2), if it is so up-to-date-modern, it shouldn't object to opening its doors for inspections and have life saving equipment on site, either, right? Those are two of three measly requirements the Senate Education and Health Committee has rejected the last two sessions of the General Assembly

The soon-t0-be-vacated location was easily marked by passers-by as an abortion center by constant prayer vigils by Richmond Coalition for Life, which sponsors the highly successful 40 Days for Life program, and other pro-lifers. Tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new abortion center at 201 North Hamilton, in the city. But RCL will be there, too, continuing its vigils. It says in an e-mail:

"In response to this event, we would like to organize a peaceful group to pray. ... Our goal is to show our community that we are against the opening of this new facility through our peaceful  presence. In addition, we will pray for an end to abortion in our country, the moral conversion of the doctors, nurses, and supporters of this new facility, and the closing of this clinic."

Anyone promising to engage in peaceful prayer is welcome to attend. For more information, follow this 40 Days for Life Facebook link. Regardless of whether you can attend, the prayer vigils at the new location will continue — and individual prayer is always needed.

Pleased To Report "Bella" Screening A Success

We are pleased to report that our friends at the Richmond Coalition For Life had a resounding success Saturday afternoon at its free screening of the movie Bella at the historic Byrd Theater. About 130 people attended. According to its blog, RCFL raised a generous amount of donations for its upcoming 40 Days For Life campaign. If you didn't attend, you can still help. After all, citizens can do all the public policy work humanly possible, but nothing is possible without Him, and 40 Days For Life is as dedicated, devoted and powerful a prayer effort on behalf of the unborn as you will ever participate in. We gladly support the coalition's efforts. Please click here to read a short blog entry on the event's success and how you can still help this worthy cause.