by Steven Ertelt
October 27, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The national campaign by pro-life groups across the country to pray at abortion centers for 40 days is making inroads into stopping abortions. As they have done on the local level before, the national campaign has helped numerous women changing their minds about abortion and better organized pro-life groups in various cities.
David Bereit, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life, told LifeNews.com about the progress in a statement.
"One of the many positive impacts we’re hearing about 40 Days for Life is that the nationwide collection of pro-life vigils is both invigorating veteran pro-lifers and bringing many new participants into pro-life efforts," he explained.
The campaign includes prayer and fasting, and a constant vigil and community outreach that is being conducted simultaneously in more than 80 communities in 33 states.
Many of the efforts involve round-the-clock prayer vigils at abortion facilities that will continue through November 4.
"People have been waiting for a new, effective way to express their pro-life point of view," said Bereit.
"We’re finding that thousands across the country are embracing this campaign as something that is both new and exciting, but also strong and effective in getting the message out that abortion is an evil that we will not tolerate in our communities, in our nation, in our society," he said.
Bereit told LifeNews.com about some of the specific successes.
In Hamilton, New Jersey, 40 Days for Life has moved hundreds of pro-lifers from the sidelines into the field of play.
The peaceful prayer vigils are bringing people out to pray who had not come out during protests in Niagra Falls, New York.
"One seasoned pro life advocate has heard of more babies saved from abortion in the last few days than in the last six months combined," Bereit said about the effort in Michigan.
"We have people who are for the first time putting pro-life bumper stickers on their cars and lawn signs in front of their homes," a Reno pro-life advocate told Bereit about the campaign there. "It’s small, but for our community, it’s a start."
And in communities from Madison, Wisconsin to Waco, Texas and Columbia, South Carolina, churches are finally uniting against abortion.