A group of pro-life advocates from around the country gathered Sept. 28 in front of the steps of U.S. Supreme Court to kick off the start of a 40-day national bus tour to rally others to support their cause. Tuesday they will make their way to Birmingham, Alabama.
The organization, 40 Days for Life, has been traveling across the U.S. the past month hosting vigils and rallies, focused not only on ending abortion, but also on how the upcoming election will affect their cause.
“Poll after poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans feel our nation is on the wrong track,” said 40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit, “and when pressed, many respondents cite growing disillusionment with politics and government, along with frustration over increasing attacks against faith, family, religious freedom, and human life. It’s time for this to change.”
Each 40 Days for Life campaign consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach, and constant, peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside abortion facilities. Their current campaign, which runs through Nov. 6, is endeavoring to bring a message of hope to cities and towns across the country by encouraging pro-life Americans to join the tour in their home town.
In Birmingham, the tour will rally at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 outside of a Birmingham Planned Parenthood family planning and abortion clinic.
“Since 40 Days for Life started in 2007,” said the group’s president, Shawn Carney, “we have recognized that although abortion is a national problem, it does not happen in the White House, in Congress, or in the Supreme Court. Abortion takes place in hometowns across America — and it will end, and is ending, in hometowns across America, one by one.”
40 Days for Life is joined by partner organizations for the tour: March for Life, Heartbeat International, Silent No More Awareness, Students for Life, and Susan B. Anthony List, along with numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups.
“People of faith sometimes feel alone in their efforts to end abortion,” said 40 Days for Life North American campaign director Steve Karlen. “We can’t wait to hit the road with the UNITED tour to show that we are all in this together — and with God’s blessings, abortion in this country will come to an end.”