Next 40 Days for Life Campaign to Target Abortion Businesses in 156 Cities
by Steven Ertelt
January 20, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The next 40 Days for Life grassroots pro-life prayer campaign begins in February and the national organization has hopes that it will be the biggest event in its history. Though the election of Barack Obama and the threat of pro-abortion health care is omnibus, David Bereit says he has hope.
He tells LifeNews.com he believes the pro-life movement is seeing an outpouring of support at what some may consider a bleak time.
"While many see a time of darkness this week as the United States marks the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that imposed abortion on America, and as the U.S. Congress deliberates legislation that could lead to dramatic increases in taxpayer funding for abortion, I see a time of great hope," Bereit says.
Local pro-life advocates in some 156 cities from coast to coast, along with four Canadian provinces and three Australian states, are willing to, as Bereit says, "step out in faith" to take on abortion centers in their backyards.
The coordinated international campaign begins February 17 and runs through March 28.
"The fact is that even as proponents try to encourage more abortions — and as they try to encourage government funding of abortions — more women are realizing the truth about abortion," Bereit says.
Bereit told LifeNews.com that more Americans "are simply saying ‘Enough!’ and taking a stand against these efforts to promote a culture of death."
The 40 Days for Life campaign consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.
David Bereit says the campaign continues to grow even as one prayer campaign becomes larger than the last.
Thus far, five coordinated national 40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted, twice each year, beginning in the fall of 2007. More than 300,000 people in some 280 cities have already taken part
Five abortion centers have closed following 40 Days for Life prayer vigils. Some 27 abortion industry employees have quit their jobs, including Abby Johnson, who left her position as director of a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Texas last October.
"And most incredibly," Bereit said, "we are aware of 2,168 children — and their mothers — who were spared from the tragedy of abortion. And those are just the ones we know about."
This next campaign coincides with the Christian season of Lent.
"The Lenten season presents a call to sacrifice," said Bereit, "and that is central to 40 Days for Life."
"Standing in prayer outside an abortion facility is indeed a sacrifice — particularly in northern locations where cold temperatures and snowy conditions are often part of the weather landscape in February. But people know their efforts have a profound impact, and so they overlook the inconvenience and their personal discomfort to stand in peaceful witness," he continues.
Bereit and 40 Days for Life are key participants in the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition that is rallying support around the United States for keeping taxpayer- funded abortion out of any Congressional healthcare measures.
"Through the efforts of 40 Days for Life volunteers," he said, "local campaigns will help to publicly reinforce the message — in 156 communities over the next couple of months — that abortion is not health care."
Related web sites:
40 Days for Life – https://www.40daysforlife.com
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