January 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – From February 25 until April 5, people across North America will join together for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. The upcoming campaign is merely the latest effort of the growing and startlingly effective 40 Days for Life movement.
"As America approaches the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court ruling that imposed abortion on our nation, pro- life advocates are launching the next wave of a unique pro-life campaign," said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life.
Cities interested in hosting campaigns are invited to apply online at http://www.40daysforlife.com/apply. "In addition to U.S. cities from coast to coast, we've also received inquiries from Canada and Australia," said Bereity. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, January 14.
The campaign dates coincide with the Christian season of Lent. "Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and reparation," continued Bereit, "and many Christians who observe Lent are being drawn to 40 Days for Life and its call to offer personal sacrifice in the effort to put an end to the evil of abortion."
There have been three coordinated national 40 Days for Life campaigns, beginning in the fall of 2007. "The efforts of people at the grassroots level have shown a profound impact," said Bereit. "More than 200 cities have participated thus far, reporting more than 175,000 people united in prayer and fasting. Three abortion facilities closed following 40 Days for Life campaigns, and more than a dozen abortion industry employees have left their jobs during these times of prayerful outreach. And most notably, we are aware of 1,128 innocent children who were spared from death by abortion during these campaigns."
Even Planned Parenthood -- the nation's largest abortion chain -- has noted the impact of 40 Days for Life's previous efforts. A Planned Parenthood fundraising letter specifically identifies 40 Days for Life as one of the greatest threats to the organization's abortion business. The letter states, “The hard-edged, well-funded groups coming after Planned Parenthood are playing for keeps."
"I don't know about that 'well-funded' part," said Bereit, "but we are playing for keeps in this effort to end abortion. Following the tremendous impact experienced during the first three national 40 Days for Life campaigns, I can't wait to see what life-saving results will be accomplished this spring."