Bringing the Light of Christ This Lent: Former Planned Parenthood Manager Sue Thayer Speaks to Kick Off Madison 40 Days for Life Campaign with February 13th Event

Abortion facilities are dark, desolate places. Former Planned Parenthood Manager Sue Thayer knows this personally from her 17 years on the job at the Storm Lake, IA Planned Parenthood. Something happens, though, when peaceful volunteers show up to pray on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. “With just one person out there, you bring the light of Christ,” said Sue. 

But, “chaos reigns inside,” she added. According to Sue, staff are already stressed out to meet the quotas that Planned Parenthood sets for each service, including abortion. Then, add to the mix that abortion-vulnerable women really DO accept help and resources from peaceful volunteers outside and choose life; this is hard on the quotas. God also sometimes answers the prayers for an end to abortion by sudden internet glitches or backed-up toilets inside the facility. These frustrations can suddenly open up hardened abortion workers like Sue to God’s plan. 

“Webcam abortion was the final straw for me. I spoke up and got fired,” Sue explained. Her abortion referral site prepared to facilitate chemical abortions, in which women only communicate remotely with a doctor via webcam without any physical exam. Sue, who had a misdirected desire to help women, couldn’t stomach meeting abortion quotas for this dangerous new service. God broke through to Sue, eventually leading to her conversion and courageous decision to lead a 40 Days for Life campaign in front of her former workplace. 40 Days for Life is a 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil in front of abortion facilities in order to end abortion. 

On Saturday, February 13th at 11 a.m., Sue will address those present for the Madison 40 Days for Life kick-off event on the sidewalk in front of the east side Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road Madison, WI 53704). Sue will join other pro-life speakers in exhorting the Madison community to bring the light of Christ to Planned Parenthood during Lent. The 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and conclude on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. The vigil will run from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day EXCEPT Sundays. Visit to sign-up online for an hour or more on the sidewalk. Contact Gwen Finnegan at 608-393-8545 or with questions or to sign-up. 

Even though the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood seemed like a permanent scourge in the community, Sue’s 40 Days for Life campaign quickly and unexpectedly led to the closure of the facility. The light of Christ dispelled the darkness in Storm Lake. Sue went on to join the 40 Days for Life headquarters team as Director of Outreach. 

“No matter what happens in our world, [40 Days for Life] is something tried and proven, based on biblical principles,” commented Sue. “It saves lives.” With a pandemic and pro-abortion momentum in the country, it has never been a better time to pray on the sidewalk, saving lives, ending abortion, and bringing light where there is darkness.

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