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As we enter the last week of 40 Days For Life, there is so much to celebrate. Fantastic stories from volunteers have been reported from around the country, with a total of 409 lives saved so far. God has been so present during this campaign, even speaking to one abortion-minded woman through her car battery dying. If you haven’t had the chance to participate yet and/or would like to help push the last week over the top, there’s still time! If you have been involved, please share your stories!
With the current 40 Days For Life campaign soon coming to a close, members of the pro-life community will now be looking ahead to the March For Life. Every year on January 22, thousands of pro-lifers descend on the National Mall in Washington, DC to take a stand for life. This year’s theme is “Every Life is a Gift,” due to the high incidence of abortion when a preborn baby receives a “poor prenatal diagnosis.” Writes Jeanne Monahan at The Hill:
An increasing number of physicians are advising families to abort babies diagnosed with what has become known collectively as a “poor prenatal diagnosis.” Such conditions include Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, Anencephaly, Spina Bifida, and others. A number of studies have shown that preborn babies with disabilities are aborted at rates from 60 percent to as high as 90 percent.
Doctors recommending mothers kill their children instead of educating on how to care for them is a crime that has become an epidemic; especially given that often times doctors turn out to be wrong in their diagnosis. For those interested in learning more about this year’s March For Life, the organization is hosting a Google Hangout tomorrow evening and is offering a free, downloadable trip planner to get participants started.