Volunteers in Jacksonville thought they would be in for a long battle in their community.

When the local TV station did a report about the start of campaign, the owner of the abortion center where they?re praying appeared in the story ? promising he would always be there for ?the patients who choose to come to him.?

He had been in business for decades ? and according to state health department records, almost 58,000 abortions were performed there over the years. So last month, volunteers launched their fifth 40-day vigil ? praying on the sidewalk outside and serving as a witness to their city.

Not quite a week later, it was a very different story. The owner said that because of ?unforeseen circumstances,? he would be closing his business.

?A miracle has happened!? said Theresa, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Jacksonville. The closure was totally unexpected.

At a rally outside the center after its final day in business, she told reporters, ?We?re just glad the abortions are going to be over ? we?re just thanking God that this day has come!?

At the celebration, local volunteers were joined by 40 Days for Life board members Matt Britton and Tibor Baksy.




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.