Manhattan's first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off on Saturday night with a crowd of over 100 pro-life New Yorkers. The vigil will?take place?outside the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood in lower Manhattan.

40 Days for Life?s national director, David Bereit, was the guest speaker, sharing the inspiring story of how 40 Days for Life started.? Of the abortion center named after Planned Parenthood's fouunder, David said, "This is where it began and this is where it must end."



Campaign leader Jill Gadwood spoke about the need to bring 40 Days for Life to New York City, which is infamously known as the "abortion capital of America."

?I'm so encouraged by the amount of email I've seen about our upcoming campaign,? Jill said.



The videos exposing the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal have helped build interest in Manhattan. ?I'm sure many of you have already seen some of these videos and are disgusted by them,? she said, ?but you may not be sure what you can do about it.? Well, I have just the thing. Join Manhattan's first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign to pray and witness?for an end to abortion.?



With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.