40 Days for Life Pro-Life Campaign Concludes With 2,000 Abortions Prevented
by Steven Ertelt
November 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The latest 40 Days for Life campaign has concluded and it reached an important milestone at the same time. Organizers of the national event, which sees pro-life advocates pray and help women heading to abortion centers find positive alternatives, has now helped prevent 2,000 abortions.
"Through the grace and mercy of God — and the faithful prayers of more than 200,000 volunteers standing vigil outside abortion facilities — an incredible miracle has taken place," says national director David Bereit.
"Starting with the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in Bryan/College Station, Texas in 2004, and continuing through the international 40 Days for Life effort that is under way this fall, we now have confirmed reports of at least 2,000 babies whose lives have been saved from the tragedy of abortion," Bereit explained.
"Who knows what wonders each of these children will bring to the world," he told LifeNews.com late last week.
Bereit puts the raw numbers of 2,000 children spared from abortion into context.
Two thousand children would be enough to fill at least 80 classrooms or make up 180 teams of little soccer players.
"And just as importantly, this could represent 180 teams of soccer moms — women who will enjoy watching their children run and jump and shout — blessings they would have never known if they had fallen for the lies that are so often disguised by the rhetoric of ‘choice,’" he said.
Bereit says that the mere sight of people praying outside an abortion facility is often enough for women considering abortion to change their minds.
"When people ask me what to say when they’re at the vigil," said Bereit, "I often say — just pray and don’t worry about it. We have countless stories of women rejecting abortion and leaving the clinics even when not a single word was spoken."
The prayers and sight of children are also enough to encourage pregnant moms to give birth to their own children.
"Just last week, I heard about two little girls who were singing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ at a 40 Days for Life vigil," he told LifeNews.com. "They sang as a woman went in for an abortion appointment — then watched as she left the clinic in tears, read the number of a pregnancy resource hotline, and called for real assistance."
The fall 40 Days for Life campaign, which began September 23, concluded on Sunday. The initiative took place in 212 cities across 45 American states, five Canadian provinces, and Denmark.
Since 2004, 678 campaigns have been conducted in 282 communities, covering all 50 American states, the District of Columbia and American Samoa, as well as Canada, Australia, Northern Ireland and Denmark.
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