40 Days for Life Outreach Director Sue Thayer Dies After Battle With Cancer

By Nancy Flory Published on December 23, 2021

40 Days for Life Outreach Director Sue Thayer passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer. President and CEO Shawn Carney made the announcement in a video Thursday morning. Thayer was 62 years old. 

If you don’t know Thayer’s amazing story, Thayer actually ran a Planned Parenthood facility for over 17 years before she became pro-life. After leaving the abortion giant, she joined the 40 Days for Life team, leading a 40 Days for Life campaign in front of her old workplace. The campaign worked. The Planned Parenthood closed its doors. 

Thayer was beloved by everyone who worked with her, Carney said. He continued:

She dedicated her life to serving the Lord — and to serving the least of His people. Sue was actively involved in her local pregnancy help center. She lobbied for pro-life public policy in states across the country. And she spoke powerfully in defense of life as an expert on the harms of abortion — harms she had witnessed firsthand.

Sue spent the last three years assisting and supporting local campaign leaders as 40 Days for Life’s Director of Outreach. She was relentless in her dedication, refusing to quit fighting for unborn children and their mothers — even until the last days of her life.

This dedication, warmth, sincerity, and genuine Christian charity made Sue beloved by her colleagues, 40 Days for Life leaders, and all who had the privilege of working alongside her.

Please pray for Thayer’s children as they deal with the loss of their mother. 

Watch Carney’s tribute to Thayer and Thayer’s life in her own words:


Nancy Flory, Ph.D., is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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