Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Forty Days for Life returns to Spokane this month
by Kathy Kelly, for the Inland Register
(From the Sept. 11, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Sept. 24-Nov. 2 marks the beginning of the third 40 Days for Life 2008 national campaign.
The effort began in 2004 in College Station, Texas, with eight people who wanted to end the increase of abortion in their community. They determined that three things were necessary: prayer and fasting; an around-the-clock vigil; and community outreach.
In the days since, this powerful campaign has mobilized over 150,000 volunteers, saved hundreds of lives and helped abortion clinic workers leave their jobs.
This past spring, Spokane committed to the 40 Days for Life campaign. Hundreds of people and families signed up from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas, volunteering to pray and fast. Many stood in the cold weather holding vigil outside the abortion centers. Prayerful rallies were held throughout Spokane, along with many Masses and other prayer services.
Statistics from Planned Parenthood indicate that one in three women have an abortion before the age of 45. Nearly 1.2 million abortions are performed each year in the United States – 50 million children aborted since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Although that number is staggering, consider this: over 150 million people have suffered the affects of abortion. Two out of every three children can now count themselves as being survivors of this holocaust.
“We may be on the verge of a turning point in the battle against abortion,” said David Bereit, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life, who characterized recent response to the effort beyond “our wildest expectations.”
More than 170 cities will take part in this autumn’s effort, including three Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax, said Bereit. “We firmly believe that this campaign of prayer and fasting will have a profound impact.”
Bereit is tentatively scheduled to visit Spokane with his message.
Register with 40 Days for Life in Spokane by going to www.40DaysforLife.com and / or send an email to elizabeth.life@ gmail.com for a local contact. A Spokane 40 Days for Life website will be launched soon.
“This fall marks a critical time for our country and our culture, and this heartfelt effort to pray and fast for an end to abortion is crucial with regards to our future and what sort of nation we wish to become,” said Bereit. “We hope to share the truth about what abortion does to every community where it is practiced, and to make this fall the beginning of the end of abortion in America.”
(Kathy Kelly is Communications Director for the Spokane Chapter of 40 Days for Life.)