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18 / 01 / 2008 - 40 Days for Life
Northern Ireland's leading pro-life group Precious Life is promoting a campaign of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. The 40 Days for Life Campaign will run from 6th February (Ash Wednesday) to 16th March (Palm Sunday). The campaign consists of three components - prayer and fasting; peaceful vigils outside abortion agencies; and community outreach. Precious Life say they hope the 40 day campaign will inspire more people who have never been involved in pro-life activities to come forward and join the pro-life movement. Precious Life have already started to distribute thousands of campaign leaflets together with a petition postcard to the Northern Ireland Office to keep abortion out of Northern Ireland.
The 40 Days for Life Campaign was started in 2004 by a pro-life group in Texas. Over the following years it spread across the USA and in 2007 the first national 40 Days for Life Campaign was conducted, with more than 30 states participating. Precious Life are now promoting the 2008 Campaign in Ireland and the UK.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said "This Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday, communities across Ireland and the UK will be uniting with more than 80 cities in the USA for the largest simultaneous pro-life mobilisation in history — The 40 Days for Life Campaign."
"We will be praying and fasting for the defeat of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill which goes before the House of Commons in February. The HFE Bill is one of the most evil ever to come before Parliament. It fundamentally undermines the dignity and sanctity of human life by allowing human beings to be created and destroyed at will for experimentation. Although the Bill itself does not deal with abortion, it is expected that the pro-abortion MPs will table amendments to liberalise the law on abortion and extend it to Northern Ireland."
She added "As part of community outreach component of the Campaign we are encouraging the public to distribute our new petition postcard calling on the Northern Ireland Office's ministerial team, Shaun Woodward and Paul Goggins, to ensure Wesminster does not impose abortion on Northern Ireland against the wishes of the majority of its poeple."
During the 40 Day Campaign, Precious Life will also encourage more people to join their
Prayer Vigils outside the Family Planning Association's (FPA) abortion referral agencies in Belfast and Derry.
Bernadette Smyth concluded "We will join with others from across the country to pray and fast and pull out all the stops for 40 days to end the tragic violence of abortion. We look forward to seeing what kind of transformation God will bring about throughout the UK and Ireland.”