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25 / 02 / 2010 - 40 Days for Life Becoming a Global Phenomenon
Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life
As we open the second week of our 40 Days for Life campaign, I'd like to salute the many people around the world who have officially joined this amazing effort to pray and fast for an end to abortion.
There are six campaigns in progress in Canada: Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta; Toronto and Guelph, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Kelowna, British Columbia.
In Kelowna, the 40 Days for Life vigil is outside Kelowna General Hospital, where abortions have taken place for years. There has been a regular prayer presence there -- but 40 Days for Life is bringing many more people to the sidewalk to pray.
In Australia, Sydney has launched its first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign, and I'm really thrilled to see this mission expanding Down Under, with Melbourne also joining second-time participant Brisbane this time, and other cities planning for the future.
The 40 Days for Life team in Sydney hit the ground running, gathering the enthusiastic backing of Catholic Bishop Julian Porteous, who said, "As a society we cannot allow ourselves to accept the fact of abortion as acceptable, because we would be taking the view that human life is expendable."
The bishop added that 40 Days for Life "is a peaceful, prayerful campaign, and has my full support."
40 Days for Life also has a European presence. Belfast, Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland are all joined with you in prayer, but with an additional intention -- to protect all of Ireland, where abortion remains illegal.
Those who support abortion, of course, are vigorously doing everything they can to change that.
Just this month, the European Parliament adopted a report that says, "Women must have control over their sexual and reproductive rights, notably through easy access to contraception and abortion."
Pressure, obviously, is building.
Please keep praying!
We are all far, far apart in terms of distance, but we are all of the same mind and heart when it comes to protecting God's innocent children.
Our amazing God knows no bounds ... and no borders.