February 5, 2021

Spring 40 Days for Life starts on Feb. 17; Indy adds nighttime pray-at-home slots

Criterion staff report

The 40 Days for Life 2021 spring campaign runs from Feb. 17-March 28.

Bloomington and Indianapolis are participating within the archdiocese. Campaigns near the archdiocese include Evansville, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; and Cincinnati and Dayton/Kettering in Ohio.

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 and groups silently pray during one-hour time slots in front of abortion centers around the world.

This year, the Indianapolis campaign is offering 24-hour coverage by inviting participants to sign up for an hour to pray at home between 7 p.m.-7 a.m. on Monday through Saturday, and

7 p.m. on Saturday through noon on Sunday. This is a great option for seniors, those who are sick, those who don’t drive and those who are concerned about being exposed to others due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomington

The campaign will take place outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 421 S. College Ave. To participate, call your parish to see if there is a parish 40 Days for Life coordinator, or sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/bloomington. For more information, contact Deacon Russell Woodard of Holy Trinity Parish in Edinburgh at 317-759-1225 or deaconrussw@gmail.com.

Indianapolis

The campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8590 Georgetown Road. To participate either in-person or at home, call your parish to see if there is a parish 40 Days for Life coordinator, or sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/indianapolis. For more information, contact Tim O’Donnell at 317-372-0040 or idipsumsapere@me.com.

Events associated with the spring campaign include:

—Kickoff: noon on Feb. 17 outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8590 Georgetown Road. Former abortionist Dr. Haywood Robinson speaking. (See related article)

—Midpoint rally: 1-2 p.m. on March 7 outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8590 Georgetown Road.

—Closing ceremony: Outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8590 Georgetown Road. Bring diapers; gently used cribs (no drop-side), crib mattresses, crib bedding, bassinets, playpens, breast pumps, strollers, highchairs, baby clothes up to 2T, blankets, towels, baby toys; or new car seats, bottles, bottle accessories and pacifiers.
 

Information for cities participating near archdiocesan boundaries include:

—Evansville, Ind.: 125 N. Weinbach, sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/evansville or contact right to Life of Southwest Indiana at 812-474-3195 or mevandyke@rtlswin.org.

—Louisville, Ky.: 136 W. Market St., sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/louisville or contact Carol Masters or Ed Harpring at 502-424-6446 or 502-472-4575 or cbmasters2@aol.com.

—Cincinnati, Ohio: 2314 Auburn Ave., sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/cincinnati or contact Mary Clark at 513-791-4039, 513-365-2606 or cincy40days@fuse.net.

—Dayton/Kettering, Ohio: 1401 E. Stroop Road, sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/dayton or contact H. Kistler at 937-885-2952 or hkistler@woh.rr.com. †

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