Monday, April 4, 2011

40 Days for Life = More Than 227 Babies Saved

A great interview with Shawn Carney, co-founder of 40 Days for Life, and a Former Student of Texas A&M.

An Interview With 40 Days for Life Co-Founder, Shawn Carney

By Traci Osuna
FREDRICKSBURG, Maryland, APRIL 1, 2011 ( In the fall of 2004, Shawn Carney, his wife, Marilisa, and friend, David Bereit, felt a need to make a positive impact on a local abortion clinic in their community of College Station, Texas. After praying for an hour, the answer came to them: Begin a peaceful around-the-clock prayer vigil outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic that would last for 40 days.

Since that very first 40 Days for Life that took place nearly seven years ago, the campaign has gone international. This Ash Wednesday, the pro-life campaign got under way in a record setting 245 cities around the world and already, as of Day 24 of the 2011 Lenten campaign, 227 babies have been saved.

ZENIT: 40 Days for Life has become a worldwide event, with all 50 states hosting vigils, as well as organized events in Canada, England, Ireland, Spain, Argentina and Australia. Why do you think it has spread so rapidly and had such an impact on society?

Carney: Both David and I thought there would be a hunger on the grassroots level to do something to help end abortion where they actually happen. This is not just something that is compartmentalized in Washington, DC, or courtrooms, but it's something that happens in the communities where we live. When we launched it nationally and then, of course, it went international … that hunger that we had in our community to see abortion numbers go down was indeed the hunger everywhere.

The goal, honestly, was to get 25 cities that first fall of 2007, and we had 89 cities sign up for the first [national campaign]. We trained the local leaders and everything grew from there.
40 Days for Life was started right here in Bryan/College Station by Aggie Catholics.

You can truly say what starts here is changing our culture.

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