Latest 40 Days for Life Pro-Life Campaign Kicks off Wednesday in 165 Cities
by Steven Ertelt
February 15, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The latest 40 Days for Life pro-life campaign is set to begin nationwide on Wednesday with pro-life advocates reaching out to their local communities. The pro-life campaign kicks off in 165 cities across the United States and also cities and towns in Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland.
Some of the local pro-life campaigns will hold kick off events today and tomorrow while others begin on Wednesday.
David Bereit, the national director of the 40 Days for Life campaign is encouraging pro-life advocates to participate in a national video feed from a live rally on Tuesday evening.
"We are going to hold a national 40 Days for Life kickoff event that will be live-video-streamed on the Internet," he told LifeNews.com today.
"We have a video crew joining Shawn Carney (40 Days for Life campaign director), Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director who experienced a conversion during last fall’s 40 Days for Life), and me at a live event in Jackson, Mississippi and they’ll be streaming the whole event online," he said.
The 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program of prayer, presence outside local abortion centers, and community outreach.
Julie Petersen of Holy Family Prolife Committee in Wisconsin, encouraged people to get involved.
"Just think of the transformation God could accomplish if individuals and communities across America unite together during Lent, for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion," she said.
The most recent 40 Days for Life campaign last fall concluded with news that it has helped prevent at least 2,000 confirmed abortions.
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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