Spring 40 Days for Life Set to Start Wednesday
The largest-ever 40 Days for Life spring campaign is set to begin in
165 cities across the globe this Wednesday.
"We have always been amazed at how God shows up when his people pray
and fast, when they stand vigil outside of abortion facilities, and
when they conduct grassroots outreach," David Bereit, National Campaign
Director of 40 Days for Life, told LifeSiteNews.com Monday. "What
we're most excited about this time is to be amazed once again."
40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that works to end
abortion through 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil outside
of abortion facilities, and community outreach.
"We have seen so many miracles" in past campaigns, Bereit recounted,
"from 2,168 babies, that we know of, saved [in] past 40 Days for Life
campaigns. We've seen over 300,000 people involved in past
for Life campaigns.
"We've seen five abortion centers closed down following 40 Days for
Life campaigns, and 28 abortion workers who have left their jobs as a
result of 40 Days for Life."
40 Day for Life began in the fall of 2004, after a pro-life group in
Bryan, Texas, prayed for an answer about how to reduce abortion in
their area. The campaign lead to a 28 percent decline in
their community. Soon the idea caught on in other areas and the
national 40 Days for Life campaign was conducted in the fall of
Since then, two 40 Days for Life campaigns have been held each year,
one in spring and one in fall.
The Fall 2009 40 Days for Life campaign became an occasion of special
celebration when Abby Johnson, the director of the Bryan Planned
Parenthood where the campaign began, experienced a conversion and
resigned after watching an abortion on an ultrasound machine. She
now an active pro-life advocate with 40 Days for life.
This spring's campaign will be conducted not only in the United States,
but also in Canada, Northern Ireland, and Australia.
This campaign promises to be the largest spring campaign yet; fall
efforts tend to be larger than those in the spring because of colder
weather. Last spring, 135 cities across North America, Canada,
Northern Ireland, and Australia participated.
Click here to get
involved in a local 40 Days for Life prayer vigil, and to find a
location near you.
Contact: James Tillman
to a friend.
The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in
Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state
coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of
Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our
society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political
persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic
backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has
been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the
human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that
every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is
dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection
for the disabled and the elderly. Click here to learn more about the IFRL.