40 Days For Life Underway
Special Report - March 10, 2011
The spring portion of the bi-annual “40 Days for Life” campaign kicked off yesterday for 2011 with observances planned in 247 cities across the United States, including in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The first of the two pro-life campaigns planned for 2011 began on March 8 and will run through April 17 to coincide with the Christian season of Lent. The mission of the “40 Days for Life” campaign is described as “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.” During the 40-day time frame, pro-life citizens around the world will join together to pray and fast for an end to abortion, conduct community outreach efforts, and participate in peaceful prayer vigils outside local abortion clinics.
This year’s “40 Days for Life” campaign is described as the “largest ever 40 Days for Life international campaign,” with a 47 percent increase in the number of cities participating since last spring, and events also planned in several other countries, including Canada, England, Australia and Ireland. Since “40 Days for Life” began in Texas in 2004, over 400,000 pro-life citizens, and 13,000 church congregations, have participated in the campaign, which is also observed bi-annually in the spring and fall of each year. According to the campaign website, since the first coordinated campaign began in 2007, there have been documented reports of over 3,500 lives “spared from abortion” and 43 abortion workers have left the abortion business. Additionally, the group reports that at least nine abortion clinics have closed following “40 Days for Life” campaigns.
In a press release, “40 Days for Life” Campaign Director, Shawn Carney remarked, “When people respond to abortion as a local problem, they see the local results of a peaceful vigil: lives saved, hearts changed and abortion centers closed.”
To learn more about the “40 Days for Life” campaign, visit the website here. A list of cities in North Carolina where observances are planned, including links to local campaign information, can be found here.
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