Unbelievable: Planned Parenthood promotes 40 Days of Prayer for abortion

A desperate move by one Planned Parenthood clinic to make abortion into something it is not:

A local Planned Parenthood abortion business in California is copycatting the 40 Days for Life campaign, which recently resulted in saving the lives of more than 700 unborn children from abortion. The abortion business has set up its own 40 Days of Prayer for the local abortion center. [Steven Ertelt]

On one level, I guess this makes sense – proponents of abortion, after all, have to force themselves into believing that abortion is actually a “good” thing, otherwise how could they continue doing what they do?

This so-called “40 Days of Prayer Supporting Women Everywhere” was organized by the Humbolt County Clergy for Choice (pictured at right), which bills itself as “an official committee of Planned Parenthood.” This effort is based on a set of prayers authored a few years ago by Faith Aloud which is an independent interfaith organization.

Planned Parenthood has attempted to recruit pro-abortion clergy in the past.

The flyer they are distributing to promote their campaign (pictured below) includes a phone number to contact the Six Rivers Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Talk about the wrong answer to a prayer:

You can see the full version of the flyer in PDF format here. Every Day includes a “meditation” promoting abortion, “choice,” etc. The whole thing does actually provide a somewhat interesting insight into the minds of abortion proponents and how they view the world. For instance:

Day 6: Today we ask for blessings upon the women who pass through hostile protestors on their way into an abortion clinic… [When was the last time you saw a “hostile” protestor outside an abortion clinic? 40 Days for Life Promotes prayerful witness!]

Day 9: Today we pray for women who are afraid of their lovers. [And abortion is supposed to be the solution?!]

It’s also pretty clear that around Day 25, they started running out of things to say and started repeating themselves. For instance, Day 4 is basically the same intention as Day 27.

And then, some are just plain weird:

Day 30: Today we pray for women to throw away their secrets and claim their histories with power and truth. [Wha?!]

Day 38: Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving. [That’s never an emotion I’ve seen associated with abortion!]

Bottom line: this is a desperate attempt to take advantage of the wild success and growth of the 40 Days for Life campaign. But you can’t take the same “techniques” and get the same result when you are trying to twist them for an evil purpose. So we know that their 40 days of “prayer” for abortion is going nowhere, just like their pro-abortion agenda.

If anything, this may backfire because it forces people to confront how ridiculous it is to pray for more unborn children to be killed.

Now if people were to have such a realization – that would be an answer to a prayer!

  • Guest

    You’re sure this isn’t satire?

    Oh dear… It isn’t…

  • Guest

    Boy, Thomas, you nailed it! Way to stick it to that flyer. Writing this article was definitely a good use of your time. I look forward to your expert analysis of future flyers. Lest anyone tell you otherwise, this article was definitely NOT ridiculous.

  • This (bogus) effort by this California Planned Parenthood affiliate group, is sham and hypocrisy. Their prayers will not reach the Triune God. 

    I am reminded of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet.” Hamlet’s father was the king until his brother (Hamlet’s uncle) murdered him to take over the Throne. Starkly reminded and haunted of his murderous sin, the king (Hamlet’s uncle) rushed into his chamber and attempted to pray. As he looked up, he (pathetically and, correctly) exclaimed:

    “…..My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts, never to heaven go.” Need it be said that the usurping king in Shakespeare’s Hamlet could not legitimately offer true prayer because he had blood on his hands and did not repent of his treacherous actions, against God’s Commandments and against his fellowman?

    In short – this Planned Parenthood group is abusing the privilege of prayer, and increasing God’s loathsome displeasure of them [Psalm 7:8-17 – especially verse, 11]

    “Authentic and Counterfeit Prayer:”



    Prayer – Prayer offered by “believers:”


  • MoonChild02

    It might be desperate, but since they’re seeing their business disappear due to the success of the 40 Days For Life campaign, they might think this to be their best way of fighting us. They can’t make prayer illegal, and they can’t fight peaceful protest, so what else can they do than try to beat us at our own “game” (for lack of a better word)? They can’t beat us, they certainly won’t join us, all they really have left is prayer.

    I say let them try, since God doesn’t always answer in the affirmative, anyway. Just because they pray for something doesn’t mean that He will give them what they want. They’re welcome to try, it is a free country, after all. Hopefully they will be converted through all of their prayer, and they’ll come to learn the error of their ways.

    •  Planned Parenthood is desperate for business? They got record donations after the Komen fiasco. A quarter of all American women will use Planned Parenthood’s services sometime in their lifetime.

      And no one is trying to make prayer illegal.

      • MoonChild02

        The article said it was desperate first. They might feel like 40 Days For Life is stealing their business, so that particular clinic might be looking for a way to stop us.

        As for making prayer illegal, many don’t want it to be legal for us to pray on public sidewalks. Just take a look at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and every place that enacts bubble zone laws.

  • rebeccarose7

    I too pray Day 12: Today we pray that women know the power of their own stories. May they find their voices and tell their truths!

    Most women though when they tell the truth about their abortion, they weep and tell it with regret over how much they wished they didn’t make such a final decision, and how they wish women would know the truth so as to not know the same pain they did! 

  • Oedipa

    It’s Humboldt county. Have you ever been there? Not to be overly stereo-typical, but it’s kind of tied-dyed-in-the-wool, drum circles, cannabis, old hippies, and jesus sandals land. If this tactic were used in, say, the Philadelphia suburbs, I’d think it was kind of cynical. But in Humboldt? I’m sure there’s a goofy sincerity to it.

  • Sharon

    Do you think they are devil worshipers?  Truly they can’t possibly be thinking that they can pray to God to kill anyone let alone an unborn baby!  What are they thinking?!  Are you sure they’re not some satanic group?

  • Guest

    I think Day 30 is asking women to speak up about having had an abortion and be proud of it. Which it seems only pro-lifers want to do with their ‘i regret my abortion’ signs…which begs the question of why. If it’s SO socially acceptable and prevalent, it can’t be that women who have abortions feel social pressure to stay quiet.

    Maybe it’s that they regret or feel ashamed of their actions? In which case, HOW is abortion pro-woman?

  • CJ

    Really? We’re expected to believe that concern for women is the driving force in an abortion provider’s life? Wow.”Day 27: Today we give thanks for abortion providers around the nation whose concern for women is the driving force in their lives.”

  • John Woolley

    This might do more good than we can guess, one way or another.  God is not mocked.

    • FB123

      Oh my gosh, I’ve nothing to add but say that that is an absolutely brilliant realization.  God bless you.  :)

  • J.Motley

    What is this strategy?  Competitive praying? And BTW, we already know the real “law,” as in Ten Commandments.  “Lord, thank you that I can kill my child without judgement”?  I don’t think so.  As some have said, that’s not MY God they are praying to. 

  • Didaskalos

    Abortion supporters, for whom abortion is the sacrament of their religion, pray to the only “god” that would be sympathetic to such prayers:  Moloch.  

  • Sharon

    I went to their website listed on the pamphlet and they say they accept that different religions differ in when they think life begins.  Maybe we should share this with them…

    • Guest

      That make no sense. I’m sorry, if life didn’t begin at conception, what is the point of IVF? Why would a physician implant a non-living embryo? (Not directed at Sharon, directed at the pamphlet. And don’t get me started on IVF.)

  • Campbellg99

    Who are they praying too?  Cannot be the God of the Holy Scriptures.  At the very least, must remember the Ten Commandments.  They are not suggestions, but commandments. 

  • kel

    You know, if these people are truly prayer, not just trying to counter 40 Days for Life, this could be a really great thing.  God answers all prayers though not always in the way we expect or hope for. Their 40 day campaign may actually bring people not to choose abortion!  :)

  • Ninek

    Hey, the battle of the Pray-ers was already fought, thousands of years ago, on Mount Carmel.  Spoiler alert: Elijah won.

  • Becca

    This makes me so mad! I am definitely going to use the next 40 days to pray that these people will see the absurdity of what they are doing….. 

  • Day 9 is actually one of the two (maybe three) good things to pray for in the list: “Today we pray for women who are afraid of their lovers. May they find the confidence to turn away from abuse and take care of themselves.” Yes, women should turn away from abuse, ditch those awful lovers, and go on to make their own life, but a child resulting from such abuse should NOT be killed! Really…

    Good thing abortion truly is evil, and if people feel guilty for doing them or being involved with them somehow – good!!! Guilt and godly sorrow will turn them away from that evil practice and turn them back to God.

  • Noeg4975

    My question is, who do they pray to? Not God, but who? Satan maybe, I guess so.

  • FB123

    Day 1: Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.
    Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women.
    Day 3: Today we pray for our daughters and granddaughters, that they will always know the power of making their own good decisions.
    Day 4: Today we give thanks for the doctors who provide quality abortion care, and pray that they may be kept safe.
    Day 5: Today we pray for medical students who want to include abortion care in their practice. May they receive good training and find good mentors.
    Day 6: Today we ask for blessings upon the women who pass through hostile protesters on their way into an abortion clinic. May they be shielded from physical and emotional harm from those who do not know them.
    Day 7: Today we pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe, legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame.
    Day 8: Today we pray for elected officials, that they may always support a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.
    Day 9: Today we pray for women who are afraid of their lovers. May they find the confidence to turn away from abuse and take care of themselves.
    Day 10: Today we pray for women who were joyfully expecting a child, but have learned that the pregnancy is not sustainable.
    Day 11: Today we pray for better access to all forms of birth control.
    Day 12: Today we pray that women know the power of their own stories. May they find their voices and tell their truths.
    Day 13: Today we pray for the men in our lives, that they may offer their loving kindness and support for women’s difficult decisions.
    Day 14: Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women.
    Day 15: Today we pray for parents whose teen daughters are pregnant. May they help their daughters through this difficult time with kindness and openness.
    Day 16: Today we pray for the counselors in abortion clinics that they may listen with their hearts and offer wise guidance.
    Day 17: Today we pray for increased financial support for low income women to access contraception, abortion, and childcare.
    Day 18: Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.
    Day 19: Today we pray for all pregnant women. May they be surrounded by loving voices.
    Day 20: Today we pray for the families of yesteryear who still mourn the loss of their mothers, sisters, and aunts due to illegal abortion.
    Day 21: Today we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control, and abortion.
    Day 22: Today we pray for an end to all violence against abortion providers.
    Day 23: Today we give thanks for the strong women in our lives who have given us examples of good decision-making.
    Day 24: Today we pray for an end to hateful language that diminishes the dignity of women.
    Day 25: Today we pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their religion. May they learn to reject fear and live bravely.
    Day 26: Today we give thanks for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of all the women and girls in our lives.
    Day 27: Today we give thanks for abortion providers around the nation whose concern for women is the driving force in their lives.
    Day 28: Today we pray for the women who travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion. May their determination be rewarded with spiritual strength.
    Day 29: Today we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God, good and holy, moral and wise.
    Day 30: Today we pray for women to throw away their secrets and claim their histories with power and truth.
    Day 31: Today we pray for all discrimination against women to cease.
    Day 32: Today we pray for an end to the stigma perpetrated against women who have abortions.
    Day 33: Today we offer a prayer of remembrance for abortion providers who lost their lives because of their commitment to women.
    Day 34: Today we give thanks for abortion escorts who guide women safely through the hostile gauntlets of protesters.
    Day 35: Today we pray for girls everywhere, that they may have every opportunity for education, sport, health, art, and vocation.
    Day 36: Today we pray for the families we’ve chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.
    Day 37: Today we pray for women to claim their equality and demand their rights as citizens.
    Day 38: Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.
    Day 39: Today we pray for a contagious love to overflow from our spirits.
    Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal

    14’s my favorite… “Jesus supports abortion! yeah!” Honestly PP, try to get your facts close to truth…

    • Ashley

      Jesus told people when they were sinning. He just said it with loving compassion. Also 40, what about all the women who died in Planned Parenthood in “safe” abortion or all the dead baby girls who never got a chance at life? Come on Plannef Parenthood it’s not safe and shouldn’t be legal.

  • Ashley

    I saw this last year and spent an hour in total shock and horror. How could anyone pray for murder?