Saturday, October 27, 2007

Day 32: Planned Parenthood panics -- this is our moment!

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood
Federation of America is calling 40 Days for Life a

The CEO of one large Planned Parenthood operation in
New York wrote, "Planned Parenthood is under attack and
we need your help to fight back! RIGHT NOW, THE LARGEST
taking place. An extremist group and its 40 Days for
Life Campaign has launched a relentless attack on
Planned Parenthood health centers."

All of this in response to the power of prayer.

Since first getting involved in pro-life work in 1998,
I have NEVER seen the abortion industry panic like they
are right now!

As the torrent of 40 Days for Life victories grows
bigger every day, Planned Parenthood and the rest of
the abortion industry is running scared.

Here's more from the nationwide Planned Parenthood
"crisis" email by their president, Cecile Richards...

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It's pouring here at Planned Parenthood.

Specifically, right this minute, it's pouring in
Kansas, where a particularly venomous district attorney
has just filed 107 baseless charges against Planned
Parenthood in court. And today, the anti-choice fringe
is asking Congress to suspend $300 million in federal
funding for our affiliates' health care services until
the case is settled.

Unbelievable. Please help.

Today's news comes on the heels of an unprecedented
series of attacks on Planned Parenthood.

Last week, the rain fell on us in Washington, DC, where
one U.S. senator called us out by name in an amendment
that would have limited birth control funding for
health centers like ours.

Throughout this month, the anti-choice fringe is
showering our clinics with protesters during its "40
Days for Life" campaign, which our own Emily X is
documenting in painfully vivid pictures and videos.

And then, there's President Bush's appointment last
week of an anti-birth control hardliner to be in charge
of U.S. family planning policy. And let's not forget
our epic fight in Illinois last month to open our
Aurora health center.

This unprecedented storm -- these attacks on Planned
Parenthood and the women we serve -- are relentless,
and are on the move across the country with no signs of

We've been at this work for more than 90 years, and if
there's one thing we've learned, it's when to ask for
help. And it's now. We need your help right now.

Sometimes we ask you to take action, sometimes to
volunteer. Today, there is only one way to help: with

We need to fight the 107 charges the local district
attorney has filed. We need to keep Congress from even
considering cutting $300 million in our funding. And we
need to do it fast, so that we can shut down this
outrageous effort before it gains any more momentum.

You can see and hear more from workers at clinics being
targeted by the anti-choice "40 Days for Life" campaign
on the blog posted by Planned Parenthood employee Emily
X. It's some tough but inspiring reading. She has been
signing her blog posts like this: I am Emily X. I am
Planned Parenthood.

You know what? You are Planned Parenthood, too.

Thank you for being there for us today. We'll keep you
posted about how you can help as this crisis evolves.


Cecile Richards
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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Interesting that the only thing that the nation's
largest abortion chain can ask for in response to 40
days of prayer is money.

In fact, here's how the New York Planned Parenthood
affiliate CEO ended her message about 40 Days for Life:

"Your donation will be the answer to their prayers."

For Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry,
that's what it all about: MONEY.

For people of faith and conscience it's about something
much bigger: LIFE!

This campaign's impact on Planned Parenthood and the
rest of the abortion industry has led the national 40
Days for Life team to two conclusions:

1.) We need to work tirelessly to ensure that 40 Days
for Life finishes STRONG, inviting people across
America to join in a spectacular "grand finale"!

2.) November 4 -- the last day of the 40 Days for Life
campaign -- cannot be the end, but merely a new
beginning for the pro-life movement!

To successfully accomplish these two things -- with
your help -- we invite you to join us on tomorrow
night's "BIG EVENT" conference call and webcast.

The lineup of amazing speakers and compelling reports
from around the country is going to completely knock
your socks off!

One additional speaker planning to speak during the
event is DR. ALVEDA KING, niece of Martin Luther King,
Jr. Alveda works as a civil rights activist, speaking
out on issues that face society today. "Perhaps the
most compelling issue of all is the life of the
unborn," Alveda says.

This is one pro-life event you won't want to miss!

The registrations are pouring in by the hundreds, but
there's still space for you. Be sure to register for
the 40 Days for Life "BIG EVENT" today at: <-----------------

Here's your devotional for today by Fr. Frank Pavone...

Daily Devotional by: Fr. Frank Pavone


Pray that people of faith will have their strength
renewed even in the face of the violence of abortion.


"The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies
are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great
is his faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my
portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The LORD is
good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who
seeks him; it is good to wait in silence for the saving
help of the LORD." -- Lamentations 3:22-26


In the Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah laments over the
destruction that has come upon Jerusalem and all God's
people because of the invasion of the Babylonians.

He had warned the people of that invasion and of their
ensuing exile. He told them it was going to happen,
neither because of military blunders or political
miscalculations or economic woes.

The problem, instead, was spiritual. God's people were
being unfaithful to the covenant.

Scripture tells us that one of the ways the Israelites
were unfaithful to the covenant was that they
sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons in the
fire (see Ps. 106:37-38; 2Kgs. 17:17-18; 24:3-4).

Therefore, the Babylonians were being used by God as an
instrument of his punishment.

Jeremiah was considered a traitor because of
prophesying in this way. Yet he was proven right.

The Babylonians carried God's people into exile, and
burned the holy city Jerusalem.

This was like the end of the world! This was, after
all, God's dwelling on earth, the Promised Land that
God had given to his people! How could the enemy
triumph in this way?

The Book of Lamentations, a short book of only five
chapters, contains some of the most poignant
expressions of human grief. These verses are used in
many Churches on Good Friday, since they can be seen to
express a prophecy of the suffering of the Lord and the
lamentation of his followers on that dark day.

But in the midst of his grief, Jeremiah writes the
verses quoted above. "The favors of the Lord are not
exhausted..." It is a call to hope that no matter how
much violence there is, life will prevail in the end.

Why does he say, however, that God's mercies are
renewed each morning?

Because early in the morning, on the first day of the
week, the women came to the tomb -- and they found that
the events of that morning changed everything.

Christ's victory over death came in the morning, and
therefore each day we can renew our confidence that
life has the final victory.


Lord, look kindly on your people who weep and mourn
amidst the vast devastation that abortion has brought
upon our land. We cannot even count the children
killed, and the mothers and fathers wounded.

We cannot measure the devastation and corruption
abortion has brought upon the very fabric of our
society. But we declare today that your favors have not
been exhausted, your mercies have not been spent. They
are renewed each morning.

Give us new strength today in the resurrection of
Christ your Son, that we may bear effective witness to
the victory of life! In His name we pray, AMEN.


Filled With Hope,

David Bereit
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

3515-B Longmire #316
College Station, TX

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