Shawn began in the pro-life movement in college as a volunteer and after college was asked to be the Executive Director of the organization he volunteered for, the Coalition for Life which was made up of over 60 churches.
Shawn’s passion for local pro-life ministry developed when he orchestrated the purchase and remodeling of a new office next door to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility to offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and loving support to women.
In 2004, Shawn helped to lead the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. This breakthrough initiative – made up of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, the round-the-clock peaceful vigil outside a local abortion center, and grassroots door-to-door outreach – dropped local abortion numbers by 28%.
Beginning in 2007, Shawn helped to expand 40 Days for Life as a national and then international movement. Today, 40 Days for Life has been done in 956 cities in all 50 states and 64 countries. His efforts have helped mobilize more than 1,000,000 pro-life volunteers over the last 14 years.
40 Days for Life has confirmed reports of nearly 18,795 mothers choosing life and 221 abortion center workers who have has conversions and left their jobs, including former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson who walked into Shawn’s office just next door to her abortion facility. Shawn and his wife are portrayed in the 2019 major motion picture, Unplanned, which tells the beautiful story of Abby Johnson’s conversion.
From Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of God’s Not Dead, Unplanned brings us an eye-opening but hopeful look inside the abortion industry.
Shawn is a regular media spokesperson and his work has been featured on hundreds of media outlets including Fox News, The New York Times, The Laura Ingraham Show, BBC, The Glenn Beck Show, The Guardian, and USA Today, and Christian media, including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Salem Radio, Relevant Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family. Shawn has also produced and hosted award-winning pro-life documentaries that have aired in 128 million homes via the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
Shawn loves helping pro-life groups receive they funding they need. He knows and understands firsthand the joys and challenges of running a local pro-life organization and of putting on a local fundraising banquet. As a speaker, consultant, and leader Shawn has helped pro-life and non-profit organizations raise over $78 MILLION for their missions.
As an activist who is also an author, Shawn writes prolifically. He is the co-author of the Amazon Top Rated Christian book, 40 Days for Life (2013), and the host of the popular pro-life podcast, 40 Days for Life. Shawn's national bestseller, The Beginning of the End of Abortion (2018), was endorsed by Gov. Mike Huckabee, Eric Metaxas, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, and Ruth Graham. Shawn latest book, To the Heart of the Matter: The 40 Day Companion to Live a Culture of Life (2020) became a national bestseller.
Shawn’s experience in local and national pro-life ministry has led him across America, inspiring audiences at pregnancy center events, conferences, fundraising banquets, churches, colleges, and high schools. His passion for helping women and the unborn is contagious. Shawn lives in Texas with his wife and eight children.
"He (Shawn Carney) exceeded all of our expectations. He was kind and personable and just hit the nail on the head with everything he said. As promised I wanted to get him our preliminary fund raising numbers. We broke all records last night for our Center...This shatters any past Gala and fund raising records we have ever had. We are very grateful for what God did last night for our ministry and how he used the words from Shawn to help in these efforts. We will be spreading the word to our fellow Pregnancy Centers around the country about Shawn."
“Shawn was a joy! You need to keep that boy on! Everyone responded so positively to him his humor, his knowledge and his passion. One of our guests who has been coming for a long time even said he was our best speaker ever!”
"Shawn was wonderful to work with! I benefited from consulting with him both prior to and during his stay. We appreciated him giving interviews on the radio station a couple of weeks prior to our banquet. He met with us and toured our center upon his arrival. Great listener! Mingled with our guests! Our center is re-branding and I was amazed and delighted at the creative ways he managed to work our new name and goal into his presentation. His public affirmation was very powerful in helping our supporters accept our new name! "
“Shawn is delightful to work with, willing to spend the extra time to get to know the center, and provides excellent guidance and advice for free. Shawn went far beyond the proverbial extra mile to find out about our center, mold our vision into his address, and to provide unpaid consulting to us even before the event. His heart is clearly in this work, and we’re grateful to God for him! This was one of the most successful banquets in our center’s history.”