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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Spokane advocates launch ‘40 Days for Life’ campaign

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 17, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

A national campaign seeking an end to abortion will have participation in Spokane, beginning Feb. 6.

On that date, Spokane area pro-life advocates will join together with people of faith and conscience from more than 50 cities in 29 states to kick off the “40 Days for Life” campaign.

The campaign is an intensive pro-life initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and 40 days of grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.

“As people here in Spokane join with others from across the country to pray and fast and take courageous action for 40 days to end the tragic violence of abortion, we look forward to seeing what kind of transformation God will bring about in our city and throughout America,” said Scott Cooper, head of Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry office and spokesman for the Spokane campaign.

“40 Days for Life has already generated proven lifesaving results in cities across America,” said David Bereit, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life. “During the fall of 2007, dozens of communities joined together for the first nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign. The efforts of thousands of people of faith helped make a tremendous difference. Numerous cities reported a significant drop in abortions. Some abortion facilities either closed altogether or scaled back their operations during the campaign. New volunteers got active in local pro-life efforts. Churches of different denominations worked together to work for an end to abortion in their cities. Many post-abortive women begin programs to heal from the pain caused by previous abortion experiences. With such a strong track record of results, we are excited to see what God has in store for the spring of 2008.”

“We are expecting great things for our local 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Cooper. “It is exciting for our city to be a part of something that can have such lifesaving impact.”

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