Organizers of a national pro-life campaign that concluded this past weekend say "the abortion industry is starting to squirm."
After 40 days of prayer outside abortion clinics throughout the country, 534 babies have so far been reportedly saved from abortion and eight employees have left the industry.
"Together we have witnessed God accomplishing amazing miracles through His faithful people, and I really believe that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of abortion in our land," said David Bereit, national director of the annual 40 Days for Life campaign.
This year, 40 Days for Life events were held in 212 cities across the states as well as in Canada and Denmark. Participants held peaceful prayer vigils and held signs reading "Pray to End Abortion" and "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. –God."
The campaign reached a milestone last week, saving a total of 2,000 babies as a result of efforts over the last five years.
Two thousand children would be enough to fill at least 80 classrooms and make up 180 teams of little soccer players, Bereit noted.
"And just as importantly, this could represent 180 teams of soccer moms – women who will enjoy watching their children run and jump and shout – blessing they would have never known if they had fallen for the lies that are so often disguised by the rhetoric of 'choice,'" he added.
In Toms River, N.J., one mother stopped in front of a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and informed the volunteers that her pregnant 16-year-old daughter was impressed by the pro-lifers' efforts – including their standing in the rain and cold – and decided to keep her baby.
A prayer volunteer in Reno, Nev., noticed that business was down significantly at the abortion center participants have been praying at. For two years, the clinic was open five days a week. Now, the doors opens only three days a week and the abortion doctor work fewer hours, the volunteer reported.
A Planned Parenthood in Kalispell, Mont., where a prayer vigil was held last spring will close its doors permanently next month due to low patient numbers.
"Your efforts are working," Bereit told participants at the conclusion of the campaign as he encouraged them not to stop their efforts. "Day 40 is not the end. It's only the beginning!"
The 40 Days for Life campaign is derived from biblical history, where 40 day periods led to transformed individuals, communities and the world. The first 40 Days for Life campaign was conducted in Bryan/College Station, Texas, in the fall of 2004. This year's fall campaign began on Sept. 23.