Largest 40 Days for Life Campaign Against Abortion Starts in America, Canada
by Steven Ertelt
September 21, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The largest 40 Days for Life campaign in the history of the prayerful event kicks off tomorrow in 238 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Northern Ireland and Denmark.
Coordinators Shawn Carney and David Bereit will help local pro-life advocates launch their local campaigns at abortion centers in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Texas, respectively.
The event features pro-life people peacefully praying and helping women outside abortion centers and Carney says the campaign received a recent boost with a television program on the Catholic EWTN network giving it helpful publicity.
From September 22 through October 31, pro-life advocates will pray at abortion facilities nationwide and offer help for women considering abortions.
Two local campaign leaders and I were guests on their weekly program, "Life on the Rock."
"Following the program, I heard from countless people who’d never heard of 40 Days for Life before, but who now are eager to get started," he told LifeNews.com. "Be sure to look for 40 Days for Life events in your area by checking out the list of locations [on our web site]."
Carmen Pate, a member of the board of directors of 40 Days for Life, provided campaign participants with encouragement in an email sent to coordinators.
"The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion," she said.
She said 40 Days for Life is an excellent event to use to motivate churches and Christians to get involved in the fight against abortion.
"And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 — both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth — the church?" Pate said.
Carney said average Americans from all walks of life participate in the prayerful pro-life event.
"These are ordinary people with extraordinary faith and courage who were exactly where you are — praying about what God wanted them to do," he said. "They are from Indiana, Florida, Alabama, New York, Connecticut, California, Louisiana and Canada. They took a leap of faith to lead local 40 Days for Life campaigns."
The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign saw a milestone reached as organizers said they now know of more than 2,500 babies saved from abortion during these campaigns.
"The exact total is currently 2,536. We’re aware of numerous sets of twins — and at least one set of triplets — included in that count," organizer David Bereit said. "Not only have 2,536 babies been spared from abortion, but the impact was also felt on each of their mothers and fathers."
Related web sites:
40 Days for Life – https://40daysforlife.com
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