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Join Shawn Carney for a look at the latest news, trends, and victories in the spiritual battle to defend innocent human life--and learn how you can help peacefully end abortion where you live!
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Oct 19, 2021

We’re on pace to celebrate the 20,000th confirmed life saved from abortion by the end of the 9/22 – 10/31 40 Days for Life campaign!

But that number is probably just a fraction of the number of babies that have been saved through your prayers. There’s a lot of evidence that suggests the number of saved babies is MUCH higher. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we look at the proof that your prayer and peaceful witness saves a lot of babies who are never added to the official tally!

Oct 12, 2021

Earlier this month, more than 600 cities across the United States hosted “Women’s Marches for Reproductive Rights.” These marches were prompted by the Texas Heartbeat Act, the Mississippi Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade and other state abortion restrictions.

But while these marches claimed to speak for women, they were profoundly anti-woman.

Tune in to learn 5 reasons the Women's March for Reproductive Rights was misogynistic.

Oct 5, 2021

Is abortion ever necessary to save the life of the mother? Abortion supporters think so…and strangely, so do some pro-lifers. You even see pro-life legislation that carves out an exception for when the abortion is intended to save the life of a mother. On this episode, we discuss why the “life of the mother” exception is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Sep 28, 2021

Prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil in front of abortion facilities are the core of a 40 Days for Life effort. 

But every 40 Days for Life campaign also involves community outreach to educate the public on the tragic reality of the abortion crisis. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we review 4 key indicators that prove why YOUR community outreach efforts are more critical than ever. Don't let community outreach become the forgotten component of a 40 Days for Life campaign.

We also share 3 reasons you should have CONFIDENCE in your community outreach. 

Tune in...and then speak up!

Sep 21, 2021

When you pray at your local 40 Days for Life vigil, you might see a powerful response to your prayers. Or you might not...at least immediately.

But behind the scenes, your prayers ALWAYS take a massive toll on the abortion business. On this week's episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn Carney, Robert Colquhoun, and Steve Karlen discuss 4 ways your prayers impact the abortion facility. 

Sep 14, 2021

In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill 8, which prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (usually around six weeks into pregnancy). The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the abortion industry's last-ditch appeal to keep the law from taking effect. 

Abortion providers scrambled to do as many abortions as possible before August ended. Whole Woman’s Health infamously performed 67 in 17 hours. But now Texas babies are protected.

But what happens next?

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, 40 Days for Life General Counsel Matt Britton joins Shawn Carney and Steve Karlen to discuss whether the Texas Heartbeat Act at long last provides a legal path to ending abortion. 

Sep 7, 2021

It’s the oldest, most cliché pro-abortion slogan.

It’s the most popular chant at pro-abortion rallies.

It’s appeared on countless homemade pro-abortion signs...

...but it’s still as popular as ever among abortion supporters. On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we discuss why “My body, my choice” is a bad argument—and one that’s easy to overcome.

Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Leana Wen's firing after just eight months on the job as Planned Parenthood's president back in 2019 was a messy split from the beginning...

...but now Wen has a new book explaining:

  • Why the Planned Parenthood board of directors put a halt to Wen's vision of Planned Parenthood as a non-partisan public health organization--and steered hard into progressive, pro-abortion politics
  • How her colleagues tried to exploit her miscarriage to hasten her departure
  • The abortion giant's decision to fire Wen as she grieved the loss of her child

Leana Wen's tenure at Planned Parenthood was an unmitigated disaster for the abortion industry...

...and it continues to pay dividends for pro-lifers praying to end abortion where YOU live. Find out what the continuing fallout means for your community on this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast.

Aug 24, 2021

You hear it from Planned Parenthood. You hear it from pro-abortion politicians. Miley Cyrus even had a cake frosted with the message, “Abortion is healthcare” and posted it to Instagram.

But is it true? Is abortion healthcare? Is abortion in the same category and of the same nature as performing a biopsy or setting a broken bone?

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we give you three easy ways to respond when somebody tries to tell you abortion is healthcare.

Aug 17, 2021

Americans look at Europe as more liberal, more progressive, more post-Christian, and more abortion-friendly. Is that true? On today’s episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we’ll see how U.S. abortion laws compare to the rest of the world. You might be surprised!

Aug 10, 2021

You've heard of the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and the ISIS slaughter of Christians...

...but how familiar are you with the Armenian Genocide? 

The Ottoman Empire's annihilation of the Armenian people is less known because it was successful. After the genocide, few Armenians remained to tell the story. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we examine four lessons from a successful genocide:

  1. There's no guarantee we'll win the battle to end abortion
  2. Genocide is evolving
  3. Some groups face a particular risk of extinction from the abortion genocide
  4. If we don't tell the truth about the abortion genocide, more blood will be shed
Aug 3, 2021

Hurdler Brianna McNeal was set to defend her Olympic gold medal in Tokyo...and then she and her husband conceived a baby. 

McNeal had an abortion so she could continue to pursue her Olympic dreams. And she's not alone. The pressure of the world's highest athletic stage, college scholarship requirements, and lucrative endorsements has led pregnant athletes to have abortions.

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we discuss the dark side of sports--a win-at-all-costs mentality that leads many athletes to choose a game over the life of their children. 

Jul 27, 2021

How do pro-lifers respond to abortion advocates who claim that God commanded the ancient Israelites to commit genocide--including against children--in the Bible? 

We tackle this question--and many other listener-submitted questions on this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, including:

  • How can laws protecting unborn children against violent crime coexist with Roe v. Wade
  • What can pro-lifers learn from previous civil rights movements?
  • How can you persuade libertarians to become pro-life? 
Jul 20, 2021

Get your popcorn ready!

The dog days of summer are here. If you're looking to beat the heat (or a thunderstorm) with a movie night, why not watch a film with a compelling pro-life message?

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn Carney, Matt Britton, and Steve Karlen share their picks for their favorite pro-life pics. These aren't explicitly pro-life films--but mainstream movies that nevertheless proclaim the dignity of human life. 

Jul 13, 2021

Karl Marx's irreverent view of religion as "the opiate of the masses" has gone mainstream. Influenced by Marx, secularists increasingly seek to marginalize faith by pushing it out of the public square.

The drive to make religion an exclusively private matter is now in the air we breathe. Even many Christians accept the secular worldview, unwittingly forcing God to the sidelines of our culture. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, biblical scholar, theologian, and author of the new book It is Right and Just Dr. Scott Hahn discusses:

  • Why modern post-Christian societies are much more pagan than the ancient pagans
  • How secularists dramatically exaggerate the abuses of religion--and turn a blind eye to the mass-scale atrocities perpetrated by atheistic political philosophies
  • Why the unconstrained pursuit of pleasure has not led to joy
  • Why 40 Days for Life is more important now than ever
Jul 6, 2021

Attacks on the family and on the dignity of human life are not isolated developments. When the family is dilapidated, abortion and infanticide become inevitable.

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn Carney talks with Focus on the Family President Jim Daly about:

  • The essential connection between the state of marriage and protection for unborn life
  • Whether Generation Z will become the first anti-abortion, anti-family generation
  • Christian unity in striving to restore the culture
Jun 29, 2021

It's patriotic to be pro-life. And it's pro-life to be patriotic--even under the most extreme pro-abortion government America has ever seen. 

On this 4th of July episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn Carney, Sue Thayer, and Steve Karlen break down why patriotism is an essential virtue for pro-lifers looking to help their country live up to its founding ideals.

Jun 22, 2021

Is the pro-life movement necessarily a religious movement? It's a hot question in pro-life circles. On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn Carney, Robert Colquhoun, and Steve Karlen discuss:

  • Do you have to be a Christian to be pro-life?
  • Is human dignity a religious concept? 
  • Can pro-lifers succeed without God?
Jun 15, 2021

Nobody has created more headaches for Planned Parenthood than Live Action founder Lila Rose. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we talk with Lila about her new book, Fighting for Life, her first time going undercover at Planned Parenthood, growing in virtue, and much more. 

Jun 8, 2021

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we answer YOUR questions:

  • Do men have a voice when it comes to discussing abortion? 
  • How can you serve in the pro-life mission field without despairing over the tragedy of abortion?
  • Why did we laugh about Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion clergy?
  • Are 40 Days for Life campaigns more or less effective depending on whether your state is a "red state" or a "blue state"?

We answer these and many more questions!

And to equip yourself to answer questions when YOU are asked about your pro-life convictions, pre-order our new book, What to Say When: The Complete New Guide to Discussing Abortion. Get sample chapters and learn more by visiting 40daysforlife.com/whattosaywhen. 

Jun 1, 2021

After more than 48 years, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision (which legalized abortion in all 50 states) is poised to fall. 

The highest court in the land accepted a case concerning the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi. If five Supreme Court justices agree to uphold the Mississippi law, it will have profound ramifications for abortion laws in states across the country.

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, 40 Days for Life General Counsel Matt Britton provides reasons for hope--and why he expects that Roe v. Wade's days are numbered. 

May 25, 2021

Rev. Kenneth Griepp and members of his church tirelessly serve abortion-bound mothers as sidewalk counselors in front of one of New York's busiest abortion facilities...

...and the Empire State's attorney general isn't happy about it. A year-long investigation failed to produce any evidence that sidewalk counsellors are breaking any laws. But New York's top prosecutor asked a federal court for an injunction banning sidewalk counseling anyway. Shockingly, a divided Second Court of Appeals recently made an initial ruling in favor of squashing pro-life free speech in front of the abortion facility. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, 40 Days for Life General Counsel Matt Britton joins us to break down a terrible judicial decision--but also why there's reason to believe it might not last long. 

May 18, 2021

Rep. Cori Bush recently delivered a gripping personal testimony to the House of Representatives Oversight Committee about substandard maternity care she received during pregnancy and delivery. 

The substance of her remarks was lost, however, when Rep. Bush called for high-quality care not just for mothers, but for "birthing persons," insinuating that there are men and members of other supposed genders capable of giving birth. 

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we discuss:

  • What does the transgender agenda have to do with abortion? 
  • Why are Rep. Bush's remarks insulting to all mothers and all women? 
  • How does transgender rhetoric dehumanize unborn babies?
May 11, 2021

On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we answer questions from YOU, the listeners. We'll discuss:

  • How can the abortion rate be declining when Planned Parenthood reports record numbers of abortions?

  • What is 40 Days for Life's position on the COVID vaccine?

  • How do you respond when people ask how many children you want?

  • How do big families go on vacation?

Do you have questions you'd like answered on an upcoming podcast? Send them to podcast@40daysforlife.com.

May 4, 2021

Planned Parenthood just announced the new members of its clergy advisory board. The board consists of pastors who promote abortion.

What kind of religious leaders endorse killing innocent children? 

On this week's episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we break down:

  • Who are the members of Planned Parenthood's clergy advisory board--and are they actual believers?

  • What is Planned Parenthood hoping to accomplish with this board?

  • Is Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson going to be ousted after a month of stunning incompetence? 
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