?A lot of people come to Planned Parenthood to get services like ultrasounds,? said Sean, the 40 Days for Life leader in Roanoke, ?and are turned away because Planned Parenthood only gives those to women getting abortions, apparently.?

Volunteers are able to give information to women leaving Planned Parenthood ? letting them know there are life-affirming centers in the area where they can get free resources.

?We also get to pray with people as they are driving away,? he said. ?Our witness out there is so important. We can show them that they don't need to ever come back!?

Sean thanked 40 Days for Life national director David Bereit for coming to a recent rally ?to encourage and challenge us.?

The challenge was presented as a three-fold plan of action:

1. Pray more fervently
2. Visit the vigil more frequently
3. Invite ten friends to come pray

If you haven?t been to a vigil yet ? there are 307 of them! Here?s where to find the one nearest you:



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.