by Steven Ertelt
November 8, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The official "40 Days of Life" nationwide campaign of prayer at abortion businesses across America may be over, but the organizer of the event says the focus against abortion won’t stop. The event is credited with helping re-organize pro-life groups on the local level and starting new ones to stand up for women and children.
"In the final hours of the 40 Days for Life campaign, a volunteer approached me with a sincere, heartfelt question," David Bereit, national campaign director for the event, told LifeNews.com.
"At an event in Fargo, North Dakota, a young man rolled his wheelchair over to me and said, ‘I hope you aren’t offended by this, but we simply can’t stop," he said.
"Not only do I understand that no-quit attitude but I also fully embrace it," Bereit explained.
"He’s absolutely correct. The abortion industry believes that we are going to simply fade away. They fully expect us to settle back into complacency, leaving them free to continue their deadly business without hindrance. This cannot happen. This will not happen," he added.
The 40 Days for Life campaign began on September 26 in more than 80 communities in 33 states, with thousands of volunteers from coast to coast engaging in peaceful pro-life outreach.
That included round-the-clock prayer vigils outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood locations in many cities.
"Some of the local campaign leaders are still going, through Day 41 and beyond," said Bereit. "We certainly encourage anyone whose heart has been moved by this effort to follow that prompting; there’s much to be done, and the momentum provided by this 40-day vigil simply must be maintained."
While some states have dozens of abortion centers, North Dakota has just one. But that hasn’t stopped pro-life advocates there from continuing their campaign.
"The people of North Dakota are committed to press on in their work, because they firmly believe that they will be the first abortion-free state in America," said Bereit. "With the level of determination I witnessed — and with God’s help — perhaps they will."
Bereit told LifeNews.com he hopes the event will be the beginning of the end of abortion.
"I have never been more hopeful about the future than I am today, and I truly believe the seeds that have been planted during 40 Days for Life will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in the United States," he said.