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

Pro-life advocates in Spokane to renew participation in 40 Days for Life campaign

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Participants in a prior 40 Days for Life campaign pray in front of Planned Parenthood. This year’s effort begins Feb. 17. (IR photo courtesy of John Weingarten)

On Feb. 17, Spokane area pro-life advocates will once again join together with people of faith and conscience from many other communities for the area’s third 40 Days for Life campaign, according to John Weingarten, spokesperson for the Spokane effort.

“We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in the Spokane area,” he said. “The campaign has been truly ecumenical, pulling together diverse pro-life constituencies. Groups that might never have worked together in the past are joining forces for the cause of life.”

The 40 Days for Life effort 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 during which God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.

Said David Bereit, national director, “40 Days for Life has generated proven lifesaving results since its beginning in 2004 in Bryan/College Station, Texas. During five previous coordinated campaigns, more than 280 communities have participated in this effort. More than 200,000 people – representing some 5,000 churches – have committed to pray and fast. And we know of at least 2,151 unborn children whose lives were spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.”

To learn more about 40 Days for Life campaign, visit: For information about the Spokane campaign, visit the web site:

For assistance or for more information, e-mail John Weingarten at 40daysspokane@ or 509 850-1340.

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