Next 40 Days for Life Prayer, Fasting Campaign Against Abortion Largest Yet
by Steven Ertelt
August 25, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The next 40 Days for Life campaign involving prayer at abortion centers across the nation will be the largest one yet. The campaigns have been responsible for reinvigorating local pro-life efforts, closing abortion facilities and changing the minds of abortion staffers and women considering abortions.
40 Days for Life is preparing for its largest campaign to date with 238 sites in six countries participating in simultaneous campaigns from September 22 – October 31.
"This fall, an unprecedented number of people of faith will be turning to a higher power to bring an end to the tragedy of abortion through a 40-day program of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach," said Shawn Carney, director of the campaign.
Carney tells LifeNews.com there are 223 locations in 46 American states and the District of Columbia participating in 40 Days for Life efforts.
With nine locations in six provinces, this campaign will also mark the largest Canadian participation as well. Activists in the nations of Australia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, and — for the first time — England, are joining their pro-life colleagues in North America by holding events, too.
"Many of the people who volunteer to pray at 40 Days for Life’s public vigils have never done anything like this before, and perhaps had never even considered it," said Carney.
"But there’s a sense of urgency — more lives are being lost to abortion every day with no apparent end in sight — that requires an active, prayerful response. People are responding to that call, and it is showing amazing results," he added.
Six abortion centers where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have taken place have closed following these campaigns of prayer and fasting. In addition, 35 abortion industry employees have left their jobs at facilities where people prayed for an end to abortion.
Carney added that peaceful prayer outside the abortion center "provides a simple reminder — to patients, to staff, to the community — of what all people know in their hearts: abortion is wrong and can never be justified."
He told LifeNews.com, "Despite the fact that governments continue to aggressively pursue a pro-abortion agenda, I am confident that the abortion culture will be overcome by the power of prayer."
Just three years ago, 40 Days for Life burst onto the scene as a groundbreaking pro-life initiative. Since then, it has mobilized more than 350,000 people in 307 cities across all 50 states — as well as locations in other nations — during six coordinated campaigns, saving 2,811 lives from abortion that it can confirm.
The community-based 40 Days for Life campaign involves people of faith in 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, round-the-clock peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach.
Related web sites:
40 Days for Life – https://40daysforlife.com
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