It often takes teamwork to save a baby ? and what a team sprang into action in Ann Arbor!

A right-to-life leader in Ann Arbor learned that a young woman who was 17 weeks pregnant had made an abortion appointment at the Planned Parenthood abortion center where 40 Days for Life volunteers pray.

One of the first things the leader did was to seek people who could pray ? and that quickly led to a call to the 40 Days for Life coordinator, who spread the word among the volunteers outside the Planned Parenthood location where this woman was schedule to have the abortion.

She had also been given the young woman?s phone number ? so she decided to reach out to her directly. But there was no response.

Every call? Unanswered. Every voicemail? Unreturned.


So she started texting ? the truth about abortion, the truth about Planned Parenthood ? and the lifelong challenges she could face following an abortion.

Finally, she got a response.

The young woman said she?d read all the texts ? but she had no choice because she just couldn?t make it financially as a single mother.

Thankfully, the right-to-life leader had a good answer to this ? and to every other objection she raised.

After an hour of back-and-forth texting, the young woman finally agreed to think about it. But in less than 24 hours, she would be under anesthesia for a high-risk, $1,000 abortion at Planned Parenthood.

?We continued to pray,? said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers, ?and prepared to greet her on the sidewalk ? letting her know she was loved and we would help her.?

Four hours before the scheduled abortion ? at 3 am ? the mother texted the right-to-life director. She would call Planned Parenthood when they opened and cancel the abortion.

She would keep her baby!

Just to be sure, a family member went to the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood to pray ? and confirm that she had chosen life.

She had!

?Unfortunately,? said one of the vigil participants, ?the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood was very busy that morning. But at least one young life was spared ? and hopefully more!?



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.