CHARLESTON—Recognizing the urgency for ending America’s abortion crisis, 40 Days for Life launched an unprecedented 40-day bus tour to bring its message of hope to cities and towns across the United States that are joined in prayer and fasting during this fall’s UNITED 40 Days for Life campaign, which was held Sept. 28 to Nov. 6.
One of the stops along the tour was a rally in Charleston on Nov. 4.
“Poll after poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans feel our nation is on the wrong track,” said 40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit, “and when pressed, many respondents cite growing disillusionment with politics and government, along with frustration over increasing attacks against faith, family, religious freedom, and human life. It’s time for this to change.”
The UNITED tour made stops in more than 125 cities to hold rallies and prayer vigils to try to encourage Christians to stand together for the sanctity of life across the nation. The 40 Days for Life group was joined by partner organizations for the tour: March for Life, Heartbeat International, Silent No More Awareness, Students for Life, and Susan B. Anthony List, along with numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups.
“Since 40 Days for Life started in 2007, we have recognized that although abortion is a national problem, it does not happen in the White House, in Congress, or in the Supreme Court,” said Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life president. “Abortion takes place in hometowns across America — and it will end, and is ending, in hometowns across America, one by one.”
Each 40 Days for Life campaign consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach, and constant, peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside abortion facilities. The volunteers who pray at these vigils have witnessed answers to their prayers, the organization reported, including: 11,796 babies saved from abortion, 133 workers who have left the abortion industry, and 75 abortion centers which closed their doors forever following 40 Days for Life vigils.
Top photo and below: People at the rally eagerly sign their names on the bus when it arrives in Charleston Nov. 4.