Pro-life advocates plan to pray daily for mothers and unborn babies this fall on the sidewalks outside a busy Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Times reports their prayer and peaceful advocacy is part of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 6.
Although some parts of the country protect unborn babies from abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the Washington, D.C. area is not one of them.
The city Planned Parenthood aborts unborn babies for any reason up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, but some abortion businesses in the nation’s capital do abortions through the third trimester.
Michael New, a Catholic University of America professor and organizer of the D.C. 40 Days for Life campaign, said their goal is to help people understand the value of every human life, not be political.
“Regarding the timing, 40 Days for Life is not directly political,” New told the Times regarding the November mid-terms. “However, I think it is important to raise the salience of sanctity to life issues among pro-lifers prior to elections.”
The world-wide 40 Days for Life campaign is a twice annual project that strives to protect unborn babies from abortion through peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, community outreach, prayer and fasting.
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Shawn Carney, co-founder and president of the organization, said they have pro-life campaigns in 622 cities this fall.
“While many are claiming the overturning of Roe will motivate the pro-abortion base, they have ignored what the end of Roe has done for the vast, highly motivated pro-life grassroots,” Carney told the newspaper.
Pro-life advocates have helped to save more than 22,000 unborn babies from abortion since 40 Days for Life began in 2007. Through the vigils and compassionate outreach, pro-lifers also have helped nearly 250 abortion workers quit their jobs in the abortion industry.
Although 40 Days for Life is based in the United States, it has become an international effort. More than 1,000 cities in 63 countries have participated in the past decade.
For more information and a list of locations, visit www.40daysforlife.com.