The 40-Day Lifetime Prayer Vigil begins in front of Ky’s abortion clinic.
By TESSA REDMOND, Kentucky today
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – From September 22 to October 31, pro-life supporters will rally outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center as part of a peaceful ecumenical effort to pray for an end to abortion. This will be one of many campaigns running simultaneously nationwide.
The “fundamentals” of the campaign are prayer, fasting and public witness, according to Ed Harpring, event organizer and former pro-life coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville.
“We really ask God to hear our prayers and to end the abortion, and to help these women and men who come into (the) abortion center to change their minds,” Harpring said. “Prayer, fasting, and public witnessing have been proven by the Bible to work, which is why we are (here).
“The more you get involved (40 days to life) you realize how important it is because it is peaceful and prayerful and it brings the whole community together,” added Carol Masters, Louisville event manager. . ” That’s what I like. We’re all here as a community – and it’s all the different churches, denominations, organizations, and people (that) come together. “
The 40 Days for Life campaign has drawn prayers to the state’s most prolific abortion care provider since 2007. While volunteers have prayed on-site 24 hours a day in previous years, the vigil continued. will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the end of October.
Participants are encouraged to stand near EMW or walk around the block as they pray or read the scriptures. 40 Days for Life also provides educational materials on abortion for volunteers, as well as signs with messages like “pray to end abortion” or “before you formed in the womb, I knew you”. .
Harpring said sweatshirts and t-shirts with the 40 Days of Life logo are also available and serve as conversation starters.
“It is a good way to invite people to ask what 40 days of life is and gives us the opportunity to tell them that we are here praying and fasting and being a public witness of the Lord to try to save lives, ”Harpring added.
Not everyone responded positively to the prayer vigil.
“It’s very common for people to drive (or) walk and (to) let (us) know by hand gestures or remarks that they don’t approve of us being there,” Harpring said. “It kind of goes with the lay of the land. We usually don’t respond unless there is an opportunity to have a civilian conversation. “
Negative responses have not deterred volunteers from advocating for unborn children and promoting the sanctity of human life for the past 14 years.
“This is important to Kentucky and all (participating) cities in the United States because it saves lives,” said Harpring. “So far, more than 19,000 lives have been saved thanks to 40 Days of the Life.”
To learn more about the vigil or to register to participate, visit 40daysforlife.com/en/louisville.