Since 40 Days for Life campaigns feature peaceful prayer vigils outside many Planned Parenthood facilities -- almost half of the total number of sites -- there are few things you probably should know.

Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion chain in the United States, doing around 327,000 abortions EVERY year. They do this with while taking in upwards of $580 million of YOUR tax money.

For one thing, Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to know that it runs abortion centers. Their PR campaigns focus on "women's health." That's a reference to abortion -- but they avoid the actual word.

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One local 40 Days for Life volunteer tells a typical story. A man approached her at the 40 Days for Life vigil and asked what the prayer volunteers were doing.

"He was shocked," she said. "He didn't know they did abortions at Planned Parenthood." The man then said he would invite his pastor to come pray. Once he knew what Planned Parenthood was really all about, it made quite an impression.

One of the most popular Planned Parenthood talking points is the idea that abortion represents only 3% of their total services.

This creative use of statistics understates the importance of abortion to the bottom line. It treats birth control prescriptions, HIV tests, pap smears and abortion as equal when counting the number of "services."

Researchers who've studied Planned Parenthood's own reports estimate that abortion accounts for 40 to 50 percent of total clinic income. This is why Planned Parenthood is so protective of abortion -- and trying relentlessly to increase the numbers.

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I?m reminded of a banner that 40 Days for Life volunteers saw hanging from Planned Parenthood's Virginia Beach building. It reads: "Planning for parenthood is sacred work."

Keep in mind that this sign was hanging at an abortion center.

So 40 Days for Life volunteers brought a banner of their own: "Planning to kill babies is NOT sacred work." And they prayed -- diligently -- that God will overcome this darkness.

The bible warns of those who would call good "evil" and evil "good." And that's exactly what Planned Parenthood does.

Please keep these things in mind as you pray and fast for an end to abortion.

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Shawn Carney, President

In addition to co-founding and directing the 40 Days for Life campaign, Shawn is a popular speaker, and co-author of the #1 Top-Rated Amazon Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do