40 days of the life begins in over 1,000 cities
BRYAN, Texas – The national organization 40 Days for Life kicked off its fall campaign on September 22, with volunteers in more than 1,000 cities across the country planning to pray, fast and hold vigils on 24 hours a day in front of abortion clinics.
They will also participate in community outreach to promote abortion awareness and direct sensitization of women considering abortion.
“With the changing abortion landscape, as well as things happening legislatively in states and nationally at the Supreme Court, there has never been a better time for this coordinated pro-life movement in our country, ”said Shawn Carney, president and CEO of the Texas-based organization.
“Great strides are being made to end abortion, and we know these peaceful vigils are making a difference,” Carney said in a statement.
Regarding this “changing” landscape, he highlighted “the national angst and protests related to abortion, particularly over the Texas ‘heartbeat bill’,” which bans abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy and only allows an exception in the case of a medical emergency.
On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Mississippi appeal to maintain its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and supporters of the law urge the court to reconsider its previous abortion rulings, including Roe v. The Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.
Carney said the goal of the 40 Days for Life event, which ends Oct. 31, “is threefold.”
The aim is to “empower pregnant women to choose life for their babies, encourage abortion workers to move away from their industries and work to close abortion centers in our country. and in the world, ”he said.
According to 40 Days for Life, about 25 percent of the campaign’s leaders are women who have had abortions “and now want to empower women to choose life.”
“We’ve heard story after story of women choosing life because of the outpouring of love and truth seen through the 40 Days for the Life campaigns,” Carney said. “So many lives have been saved thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and their passion and purpose to end abortion.”
The organization has a list of participating cities and locations within those cities posted on their website at 40daysforlife.com/location.
Since going national in 2007, 40 Days for Life has run more than 6,000 campaigns in 64 countries and “saved 19,198 lives, helped close 112 abortion centers and helped 221 workers leave the workplace. abortion industry, ”according to a press release from the organization.
All of this was accomplished, he said, “by organizing peaceful community-led prayer vigils outside local abortion centers twice a year around the world.”
In addition to its regular campaigns each spring and fall, the Texas pro-life organization launched its first 40 Days for Life 365 campaign late last year, after years of development. It is being deployed in various locations across the country.
One of those locations is the Archdiocese of Denver, where Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s second-largest abortion clinic, and the new campaign began this year on August 14.
“We believe this will be a historic day that marks ‘the beginning of the end of abortion'” at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in the Stapleton area of Denver, said Maria Elisa Olivas, community coordinator for Catholic Charities of Denver.
“This will be the day that the Christian community in Denver commits to having someone pray for the unborn child not just 40 days, but every day,” this facility is open, she said in a press release issued at the start of the campaign.