FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2009
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Atlanta, GA – On September 23, 2009, Atlanta area pro-life advocates launched their third-annual 40 Days for Life campaign, joining together with people of faith and conscience from more than 200 cities nationwide in a mobilized effort to draw attention to abortion through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils.
Through November 1, nearly 400 participants from more than a dozen churches in metro Atlanta have pledged their support of the campaign, which includes round-the-clock prayer vigils in front of two Atlanta area abortion facilities: Feminist Women’s Health Center on Cliff Valley and Abortion Services & Counseling on Governor’s Ridge in Marietta.
40 Days for Life is a pro-life initiative that burst onto the national scene just two years ago and has already mobilized more than 215,000 people in 240 cities across all 50 American states and several other countries during four previous coordinated campaigns, saving an estimated 1,561 lives from abortion. This fall’s campaign, the group’s largest to date, will be the most widespread and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.
As a direct result of two campaigns in metro Atlanta in 2008, an estimated 12 to 14 lives were spared, projects Margarita Szechenyi, a sidewalk counselor who directed last year’s 40 Days for Life efforts at Abortion Services & Counseling in Marietta and Atlanta Women’s Medical Center in Atlanta.
“The 40 Days For Life campaign is about raising awareness in a peaceful, prayerful way,” says Atlanta/Buford campaign director Kateri Howard. “We are not there to engage in arguments, though if they are approached, members of our pro-life community will be available to offer hope and support. The constant vigils allow us to keep our message in the forefront of the minds of pregnant women and their partners or families, clinic workers, and passers-by alike.”
For further information on the national 40 Days for Life campaign, visit 40DaysForLife.com. For information on the Atlanta campaign, visit 40DaysForLife.com/Buford-Atlanta.
40 Days for Life is an intensive, community-focused initiative that draws attention to abortion through a three-point program: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach. 40 Days takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in carrying out His plan for the end of abortion in America. The 40 days concept derives from a numerical pattern repeated in the Bible. The campaign began in 2004 in Bryan-College Station, Texas.