?We want to offer them hope," one of the Memphis volunteers told a reporter from the local newspaper, the Commercial Appeal.

"We want them to know that God loves them and there is a plan. There's a purpose for every life," she said.

This is the 18th 40 Days for Life vigil in Memphis ? the first was in 2008. All have been in front of Planned Parenthood ? but not all in the current location. Planned Parenthood lost the lease to its original office following the fourth 40 Days for Life vigil.

Kathy, the local leader, told the newspaper that Planned Parenthood?s main business is abortion. ?There's always hope and love and adoption. No child ever chooses to die," she said.

"It's just a ministry that God has called me do," said another vigil participant. "I believe like the Lord says, God is the author of life and I just want to take a stand for life. And we do it in love."

The paper also noted that the prayer team had a full list of life-affirming resources that they made available to the women they met outside Planned Parenthood ? centers that provide alternatives to abortion as well as counseling and support after an abortion.


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.