Pro-life activists nationwide launched a 40-day prayer and fasting campaign Tuesday to shut down abortion clinics across the country.
Christians joining the anti-abortion crusade will participate in an around-the-clock peaceful vigil at abortion facilities while simultaneously engaging in aggressive community outreach during the 40 day period.
"Over the past three years, a handful of communities quietly conducted a breakthrough pro-life campaign called 40 Days for Life, creating extraordinary results," said Shawn Carney, spokesman for the 40 Days for Life campaign.
The first campaign took place in College Station, Texas where over 1,000 new pro-life volunteers were activated and more than 25,000 households were reached through grassroots door-to-door effort and through media coverage in only 40 days.
"Most importantly, the local abortion rate was slashed by 28 percent," exclaimed Carney.
The campaign claims its latest victory in Aurora, Ill. where a federal judge ruled last week that a new $7.5 million Planned Parenthood clinic must remain closed, indefinitely. Planned Parenthood vowed to fight to open the clinic but pro-lifers still hailed the ruling as an "unprecedented victory."
The 40 days of prayer, fasting, and outreach is based on the many examples found in the Bible where God transformed individuals, cities, and nations in 40-day periods.
"Just think of the transformation God could accomplish when individuals and communities across America unite this fall for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion," said Carney.
Locals in Kansas said they plan to take on the nation's largest late term abortion clinic owned and operated by infamous abortionist George R. Tiller. For the next 40 days, supporters have been urged to maintain constant prayer presence during business hours at the clinic called the Women's Health Care Services.
"We believe strongly in the power of prayer" said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. "In Aurora, Illinois, on the last day of their 40 Days for Life vigil, a judge ruled that the Planned Parenthood office in that community must remain closed. It was an amazing answer to prayer."
Newman vowed his organization and other pro-life proponents will pray for the next 40 days for Tiller's clinic to close and for him to be brought to justice of the crimes he is being charged with.
Tiller currently faces 19 criminal counts for performing illegal late-term abortions. If convicted, Tiller will face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for each of the 19 charges. Furthermore, Tiller's medical license to practice could be suspended or revoked.
"We look forward to seeing what God will do in Wichita in response to our continued prayers," said Newman.
The Wichita 40 Days for Life vigil is part of a national campaign conducted simultaneously in over 90 cities across the country.
Carney, spokesman for the 40 Days for Life campaign, concluded: "Now is the time for America to return to its roots as a nation that respects and protects the unalienable right to life for every person – born and pre-born.
"40 Days for Life invites all people of faith and conscience to join in God's work of bringing an end to the tragedy of abortion in America."