40 Days for Life Campaign Closing Abortion Centers Starts Wednesday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 8, 2011   |   6:47PM   |   Washington, DC

The 40 Days for Life prayer campaign that organizers say has helped close down nine abortion centers starts on Wednesday in hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S. with people praying at abortion facilities.

The campaign also stretches to parts of Canada, England and Australia as pro-life advocates in other nations have hopped on board after seeing the success in the United States.

“We already know of nine abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have been conducted that are now closed,” 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney told LifeNews.com, “and more facilities may be added to that list.”

“Recent abortion center closings have added momentum to the kickoff of the largest 40 Days for Life campaign in history — which launches tomorrow in 247 cities across the United States and eight other countries,” he explained.

“Just last week, Golden Gate Community Health, a collection of abortion facilities in the San Francisco Bay area, announced it was shutting down — at least temporarily, and possibly forever,” he said. “That chain includes abortion centers in San Francisco and San Mateo where 40 Days for Life campaigns have been held — as well as three other locations.”

“In Columbia, Missouri, there’s a Planned Parenthood location where several 40 Days for Life campaigns have been held — and another is about to begin,” he added. “This Planned Parenthood center was unable to offer abortions for several months last year after the abortionist quit. Now, we hear the replacement abortionist has also left — and no babies have been aborted there since January 26. Abortions are only available right now at one place in the entire state of Missouri — Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, where another peaceful 40 Days for Life vigil begins tomorrow.”

“The reasons for these closures and cutbacks are simple. God loves the babies, the women and the abortion workers. And when we witness the love of God
to them through peaceful prayer, the despair that abortion survives on is crushed by restored hope in God’s love,” Carney added.

Since 40 Days for Life began as a national — and then international — effort in 2007, more than 400,000 people have participated and confirmed reports have documented that 3,599 babies have been saved from abortion.

“When people respond to abortion as a local problem,” said Carney, “they see the local results of a peaceful vigil: lives saved, hearts changed — and abortion centers closed.”

40 Days for Life, a 40-day campaign of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach, launches tomorrow at 247 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Spain, Belize, Armenia and Georgia. This represents a 47% increase in the number of locations over last spring. The campaign will run through April 17.

To find the closest 40 Days for Life campaign, and to find out how you can get involved, please to go: https://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm