Pro-Life News: Abortion Prayer Vigil and Wisconsin Free Speech Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 1,

Organizers of 40 Days for Life Campaign Hope for All-Day Abortion Vigils
Washington, DC ( —
The organizers of the 40 Days for Life campaign are calling on pro-life advocates to hold peaceful 24-hour prayer vigils outside of Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers across America on Saturday, November 3, to mark the grand finale of the national event. "Saturday is the busiest day of the week at most abortion facilities. That’s when the need for prayer is greatest," David Bereit, national campaign director, told "We are inviting pro-life believers across America to join in solidarity with 40 Days for Life by holding simultaneous prayer vigils. People in numerous cities and towns have been asking for some way to join the 40 Days for Life effort before the campaign ends on November 4. "That wish can now come true," said Bereit. "Many churches already have pro-life outreach groups, 24- hour prayer chapels or prayer teams that are on call 24 hours a day. Pregnancy care centers also have many volunteers who would be eager to join the effort."

Wisconsin Library Finally Allows Posting of Pro-life Event Flyer
West Bend, WI ( —
After the pro-life law firm Liberty Counsel intervened on behalf of a West Bend, Wisconsin resident, a library director agreed to allow a flyer announcing a pro-life event to be posted in the library along with other community announcements. Mary Weigand wanted to inform others about an annual Life Chain event, but the library director refused to allow the flyer and insisted that the library policy prohibited religious material. Weigand contacted Liberty Counsel. After receiving Liberty Counsel’s demand letter, the library director apologized to her and allowed the flyer to be posted on two library bulletin boards in time for the event. Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented, "When libraries or other government facilities create an open forum such as a community bulletin board, it is impermissible to discriminate against religious viewpoints."