Latest 40 Days for Life Campaign Against Abortion Begins Nationwide Next Week
by Steven Ertelt
September 17, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The latest 40 Days for Life campaign isn’t just the next one on the calendar, but it will be the biggest campaign in the history of the grassroots pro-life efforts it has sparked. Next Wednesday, the pro-life prayer campaign launches
in 212 cities across 45 states, five Canadian provinces and in Denmark.
David Bereit, the director of the national campaign, tells LifeNews.com that "participation in 40 Days for Life is not always easy and can involve sacrifice."
"For 40 intense days, tens of thousands of faithful volunteers will be praying, fasting, holding peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, and spreading the pro-life message through community outreach," he says.
Bereit says the success is seen in the direct way in which pro-life people present positive abortion alternatives to women who think abortion is their only solution for an unplanned pregnancy.
"Last fall, on the third day of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in Sarasota, Florida, a nervous Hispanic woman went to the local Planned Parenthood abortion center with her mother and brother," he relates. "The 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers offered her literature, but she didn’t understand their English."
"When a bilingual counselor arrived, she learned that the woman was in her 14th week of pregnancy and she was seeking a second-trimester abortion," he said. "The counselor instead offered real help to get her to one of the local pregnancy resource centers. As a result, she chose life for her baby."
When asked why she changed her mind and decided not to have an abortion, the woman responded, "Because you were here. I was looking for a sign from God."
Throughout the remainder of her pregnancy, volunteers helped her and her family with various needs, including spiritual and financial support. Then, March 6, 6-pound, 6-ounce baby David made his entrance into the world.
"A baby saved from abortion. A mother spared from a life of regrets," Bereit said. "That is why we do what we do."
The 40 Days for Life coordinator said the story represents just one of the 1,561 unborn children who have been saved from abortion during the campaigns since they began.
"Your humble, simple participation in 40 Days for Life can make a profound difference," he said. "You can help to change the world, one life at a time."
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