40 Days for Life Campaign Launches to Take on 42 Million Abortions Worldwide

International   |   Shawn Carney   |   Mar 5, 2014   |   11:09AM   |   Washington, DC

It’s Day 1! And 40 Days for Life is already off to a big start. Your 40-day journey starts today … no matter where you live!

40d17There are 253 campaign locations — find the closest one … sign up … and help end abortion in your community.

I spoke at the kickoff in Port Charlotte, Florida last night … while our North American outreach director, Steve Karlen, spoke in north Houston.

Here’s a quick report from Steve regarding the first of many visits he’s planning this campaign.


The Little Rock kickoff was one to remember because it took place in pouring rain and a temperature of 35 degrees. When I learned that this event was moving forward rain or shine, I assumed that I’d be speaking to a group comprising the organizers and not one soul more. It turns out that more than 30 people showed up despite the miserable weather.

This group had a ton of energy and enthusiasm, and it was a very exciting event followed by an open house and tours of the pregnancy center across the street.

I learned that these folks are used to getting wet at the vigil site. The abortion facility installed sprinklers – but not for the landscaping. The sprinklers are on the top of their privacy fence, where they’re aimed right at the prayer volunteers!


The kickoff for the Shreveport / Bossier City campaign was a very strong event, held at a large Baptist church. The rally featured a real cross section of Christianity, which was pretty cool to see.



The evening included Bishop Michael Duca of the local Catholic diocese, as well as praise and worship music. I also had an opportunity to speak to the volunteers. I was joined by Melody Olson, who shared her story about being a post-abortive mother who learned that she is also an abortion survivor.

The photo below shows me on the left, Melody in the middle, and Shreveport / Bossier City’s local coordinator, Chris Davis, on the right.

Thanks to Steve Karlen for that report!

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.