‘40 Days for Life’ prayer campaign invites public to closing events

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Marisol Garcia, second from left, and her children Lexani and Alexzander Diaz, attend a prayer vigil Nov. 4 outside a clinic that performs abortions in Green Bay, Wis. The parishioners of St. Willebrord Church joined other pro-life advocates at the end of the 40 Days for Life campaign, an annual national observance to pray and campaign for an end to abortion. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)
Marisol Garcia, second from left, and her children Lexani and Alexzander Diaz, attend a prayer vigil Nov. 4 outside a clinic that performs abortions in Green Bay, Wis. The parishioners of St. Willebrord Church joined other pro-life advocates at the end of the 40 Days for Life campaign, an annual national observance to pray and campaign for an end to abortion. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

The worldwide prayer campaign to end abortion, 40 Days for Life, is winding down and local organizers are hoping for a big turnout at the closing events April 11-12.

Ellen Sweeney, who has organized the prayer efforts at Family Planning Associates on north Seventh Street, said that activists in other states with bitter-cold weather are braving the brutal temperatures and praying outside clinics. They’ve managed to save many women and their babies from abortions.

“It’s important for people to be out here and give witness,” Sweeney said. “Even if they’ve never done it before, we’re hoping they will join us.”

The 40 Days for Life prayer effort provides a peaceful, prayerful presence outside abortion clinics all over the world. The movement began in Texas in 2004 and the organization’s website, www.40daysforlife.com,  states that 6,749 lives have been saved by its efforts.

Eleven coordinated campaigns around the United States have taken place since 2004 in 481 cities.

Closing event details

Phoenix: 12 p.m. April 11, Family Planning Associates, 1331 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Nancy at 40daysforlife@live.com or Ellen Sweeney 602-309-9498 ellensweeney319@yahoo.com

Tempe: 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. April 11, Voices for the Voiceless united rally

Chandler: 2-3 p.m. April 12, family picnic

Contact: Anita Usher, anita40daysforlife333@gmail.com   

Glendale: 7 p.m. April 12, Planned Parenthood, 5771 West Eugie Street, Glendale

Contact: Monica Jordan 602-615-0016 mambojordan@gmail.com

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