‘40 Days for Life’ campaign will begin on March 5

The Louisville area’s annual “40 Days for Life” campaign will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5.

“40 Days for Life” is a pro-life initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach. Participants pray the rosary outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville.

Louisville is one of 552 cities around the world that take part in the Lenten program.

About 950 volunteers are needed during the 40-day campaign from March 5 to April 13. At least two volunteers are needed to pray each hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Each volunteer is required to sign a Statement of Peace which asks volunteers to be respectful of clinic escorts and workers, but also to show compassion to the women who are entering the clinic, a news release from the organization said.

Previous 40 Days campaigns have saved thousands of children from abortion, converted abortion providers and forced the closure of abortion clinics through vigil and prayer, the release said.

The campaign also hopes to aid women in need by referring them to a pregnancy resource center. A Woman’s Choice Resource Center, located adjacent to the EMW center, offers pregnancy counseling. The Little Way Pregnancy Center, located at 515 W. Oak St., also offers counseling for women in need.

Individuals, organizations and school groups are invited to take part. Contact Laura Grijalba by email at louisville4life@hotmail.com or by phone at 384-4884 to volunteer or for more information.

To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, visit 40daysforlife.com.

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