Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign Could be Largest One Combating Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
July 17, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The organizers of the 40 Days for Life campaign have energized pro-life advocates across the country and seen abortion centers close in the process. Yet, the Fall 2008 campaign, leading up to the important presidential elections, could be the group’s largest yet.
David Bereit, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life, says the enthusiasm for the fall pro-life outreach is enormous.
"Cities across America are applying to participate in the fall 2008 nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign," he says.
The event is another "focused initiative that promises to be the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history," Bereit tells LifeNews.com.
"Abortion claims more than 1.2 million innocent lives in the United States each year," Bereit added, "and in 2008, the stakes for our nation are higher than ever. People of faith and conscience are approaching this challenge with a heightened sense of urgency."
The campaign features 40 days of prayer and fasting, round-the-clock peaceful vigil outside an abortion facility and grassroots educational outreach.
Simultaneous campaigns will be conducted coast-to-coast and internationally as part of a unified outreach from September 24 through November 2. Local pro-life leaders are now applying to host 40 Days for Life campaigns in their cities this fall and the application period continues until July 29.
"The rapid expansion of this effort has exceeded our wildest expectations," said Bereit. "More than 300 cities across America, and in four other countries, have already stepped forward and expressed interest in the fall campaign. People are eager to get started."
This fall’s effort will mark the third nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign.
In previous efforts in 139 cities across 43 states, 150,000 people have responded to the call for prayer and fasting. Over 35,000 have prayed outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood centers.
More than 500 unborn children have been confirmed saved from abortion. Abortion workers have quit their jobs and left the industry, and two abortion facilities that were the sites of 40 Days for Life prayer vigils in Dallas, Texas, and Rockland County, New York have gone out of business.
"This clearly demonstrates the importance of maintaining a regular, prayerful presence outside abortion facilities where the lives of the unborn are at risk, said Bereit.
"The call to participate in 40 Days for Life is a call to sacrifice. It’s a call that people of faith are taking very seriously. We can’t wait to see what is in store for America this fall."
Related web sites:
40 Days for Life – https://www.40daysforlife.com
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