October 2, 2015

Fall 40 Days for Life is underway, people still needed to pray at sites

Criterion staff report

40 Days for Life is an international campaign that seeks to end abortion through peaceful prayer vigils at abortion centers, and to raise community awareness of the consequences of abortion.

The campaign runs twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. During the 40-day campaigns, individuals silently pray during one-hour time slots in front of abortion centers around the world.

This year, the fall campaign runs from Sept. 23-Nov. 1, with Indianapolis and Bloomington participating within the archdiocese. Cities participating near archdiocesan boundaries include Fishers, Muncie and Evansville.

In Indianapolis, there will be a midpoint rally in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, 8590 N. Georgetown Road, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 with special guest speaker Maria Hernandez.

Hernandez will share a powerful testimony of choosing life after her unplanned pregnancy. After she speaks, a witness talk will be shared about a save that took place seven years ago.

The Bloomington 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 421 S. College Ave.

At 9 a.m. on Oct. 24, Bloomington 40 Days for Life will host a march for life and a youth rally.

The rally will start at the Indiana University (IU) Arboretum with prayer, followed by a march to the Monroe County Courthouse to hear several local government leaders and candidates speak in support of defunding Planned Parenthood, and in defense of the unborn. The march will continue to the Planned Parenthood facility to hear from a former Planned Parenthood worker and nurse on why she left Planned Parenthood and became pro-life. The march will then proceed back to the IU campus for a closing prayer and rally.

Both campaigns are in need of volunteers to sign up to pray.

For more information or to sign up for a prayer time slot, log onto 40daysforlife.com and click on “Locations.”

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