The annual 40 Days for Life campaign has just kicked off, and already a baby's life has been saved. And this year's effort is projected to be the largest-ever, taking place in hundreds of cities around the world.
The grassroots movement kicks off each year at the beginning of Lent is observed. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for the next 40 days up till Easter, marking a season of penance and reflection.
Pro-lifers in support of the 40 Days for Life campaign use peaceful approaches, like forming vigils outside abortion clinics, and seek to help local communities visualize the impact of abortion in their own neighborhoods.
Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said, "None of us would wish abortion on our greatest enemy. It is absolutely the most barbaric surgery in the world."
The 40-day campaign strives to bring unity to the spirit and body of Christ through "prayers, fasting, and peaceful activism." This is done each day as an effort to "turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion."
On the first day of the campaign, the group received a report of a baby saved form abortion during the vigil's first hour in Birmingham, England. Volunteers helped an abortion-bound mother choose life.
— 40 Days for Life (@40daysforlife) March 7, 2019
A Birmingham local campaign leader shared her excitement saying, "A lady was given a leaflet on her way in–she carried on inside but came out 15 minutes later and said she'd changed her mind and was keeping her baby. Praise God!"
This year's 40 Days for Life comes after a series of stunning reports about abortion in the US, from New York state's new law allowing abortion up until birth, to the US Senate and House of Representatives rejecting a bill that would forbid infanticide - the killing of babies who have already been born after just surviving an abortion.
In Minnesota, 80 pro-life students assembled to protest against Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-MN) vote in favor of infanticide.
It was zero degrees today in Minnesota but that didn't stop us from rallying against Senator Klobuchar's vote in favor of infanticide! Senator Klobuchar treats innocent human life the same way she treats her staff-- with a complete lack of respect for dignity. pic.twitter.com/xeU87XAM6X
— Students for Life (@StudentsforLife) March 6, 2019
Students for Life's Northern Regional Coordinator Noah Maldonado said before that rally began, "Minnesota residents expect their elected officials to respect the dignity of all people. Senator Klobuchar's vote to let babies who survive an abortion to die violates the basic dignity we believe all our citizens should have."
Also joining this latest pro-life effort is Heartbeat International with a reported "life-saving vision to make abortion unwanted today and unthinkable for future generations." The organization aims to reach "those who are abortion-vulnerable" through a 24-hour contact center and website.