40 Days for Life is a peaceful, highly-focused, non-denominational initiative grounded in prayer and inspired by examples of 40-day transformations throughout Biblical history.
“We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in Dallas,” said Becky Visosky, spokesperson for the campaign and the sponsoring organization — the Catholic Pro-Life Committee. Since the first campaign in Winter 2004, the Dallas campaigns have continued each Fall, and have born great fruit. Two abortion facilities where 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place in Dallas have closed. And during the last five 40-day campaigns, 91 lives have been saved from abortion at the Dallas vigil site.
This year’s peaceful vigil will take place in the public right-of-way outside Southwestern abortion facility at 8616 Greenville Ave in Dallas. All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times. The last vigil at this location held the record as the largest 40 Days for Life vigil in the world with over 4,500 recorded participants.
The 2015 Dallas campaign begun with a Kickoff Rally, September 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at Gaston Christian Center, 8515 Greenville Ave, Dallas. (across from the vigil site). “The rally was an opportunity to draw members of the community together to share the vision of 40 Days for Life and to pray for God’s blessings on this effort. As a people of faith, we will move forward with expectant hope for the transformation God will bring about in our city,” explained Platt. This year’s rally will feature Dr. Haywood Robinson, a former abortionist, now passionate, pro-life advocate and family physician in Bryan-College Station, where the 40 Days for Life movement began.
“40 Days for Life has generated proven life-saving results since its beginning in 2004 in Bryan-College Station, Texas,” said Shawn Carney, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life. “During 16 previous coordinated campaigns, 579 communities have participated in this effort. More than 650,000 people — representing some 18,500 churches — have committed to pray and fast. And we know of at least 10,331 unborn children whose lives were spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.”