?Since the start of our first Manhattan 40 Days for Life campaign ? we are already making a HUGE impact in the neighborhood,? said Jill, the local leader.

Many passersby see people praying on the corner ? and learn for the first time that Planned Parenthood is there.

?We had one man stop and tell us that he's walked down that street every day for years on his way to work and never realized that building was an abortion clinic,? she said. ?Not only are we saving lives, but we are bringing awareness about the local abortion crisis to everyone who lives and works in the area.?


Jill says those who regularly stand and pray are also seeing the heartbreaking reality of abortion. Each Monday morning, for instance, a medical waste truck arrives to collect several boxes ? the bodies of aborted babies.

Volunteers also watched as a young man waited outside the building. This man was the father of a 5-year-old daughter. But his girlfriend was inside having an abortion. He couldn?t convince her to spare the child?s life.

"Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do," he told one of the vigil participants. It seemed like he had given up.

?I wish I could say that this story had a happy ending,? Jill said, ?but I don't think it did. Let us pray for all fathers to have the courage to protect their children, inside the womb and out.?



With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.