Pro-Life Advocates to Pray at White House for 27 Hours Against Abortion Funding
by Steven Ertelt
September 8, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A group of pro-life advocates will spend 27 hours praying at the White House against health care "reform" bills that would make Americans fund hundreds of thousands of abortions. The 27 hour prayer vigil is part of a national campaign called "Abortion is Not Health Care."
Rev. Rob Schenck, the president of the pro-life group Faith and Action says the people involved in the event will be praying for social justice and human rights and that no taxpayer funds will be used to pay for abortions in the current congressional health care plan.
The 27 hours of prayer will begin on Sunday, September 13 at 7:00 P.M. and will end on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 P.M.
"Our nation is in more than an economic crisis or a crisis over health care. We are in a spiritual crisis and the best way to address it, in fact the only way to address it is through prayer," Schenck said in a statement to LifeNews.com.
"Every American, no matter how young or old, can and must pray," he added.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, will also be participating.
"In times of great challenge and crisis, Americans have always turned to God in prayer. We have set these 27 hours apart to seek God for his wisdom, direction and counsel for our nation. This is especially true concerning the national debate on health care," he said.
The pro-life people will be gathering on the historic West Lawn of the United States Capitol.
"We will be specifically praying that no public monies are used in any way to pay for abortions as part of health care reform," Mahoney said.
"We will be a bold public and prophetic witness that abortion is not health care and that health care reform should bring healing and compassion not violence and brokenness," he added. "As people of faith, we do not have to sit on the sidelines and watch as events unfold on the world state. Rather, through prayer, fasting and repentance we can help shape history."
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