40 Days for Life board chair Matt Britton?s first stop on his New Zealand tour was Auckland, where he spoke to several hundred at a kickoff event ? and met with Bishop Patrick Dunn.

Michael Loretz, the local coordinator, said a pregnant teen contacted one of his team members as a direct result of this kickoff.

?Please pray for this girl,? he said. ?She will need support to choose life for her baby.?

The Auckland vigil, run from the offices of the John Paul II Centres for Life, is across from one of the only private abortion facilities in New Zealand. Socialized medicine provides free abortions at hospitals, but this location does 1,000 abortions annually.

?There were protesters most days,? Matt said -- such as the ones in the photo below.

The abortion director here once referred a client to Michael because she couldn?t afford an abortion ? and his team helped save the baby. ?This year at the kickoff, the director came out, thanked Michael, and then went back in. Try and make that up!?


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.