The ongoing 40 Days for Life campaign in Alaska and around the world runs through Nov. 2. The international 40-day prayer vigils take place each fall and spring with pro-life advocates gathered outside abortion facilities to peacefully stand vigil, pray for unborn babies and help mothers choose life for their children.
In recent years vigils have taken place in cities across Alaska with Catholics, Protestants and others standing together in support of unborn life. A number of area parishes and churches have sponsored whole days, with parishioners signing up to pray throughout the day. This fall a vigil is taking place in Anchorage.
From its beginning in 2004 in Texas, when only a handful of cities and towns participated, the movement has since seen more than 3,000 individual campaigns in 539 cities with 625,000 participating in the vigils, according to the group’s website. The group also reports that nearly 9,000 lives have been “spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about.” Additionally, 101 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry, the group says, and 57 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns.
This year, Anchorage participants are gathering each day outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 4001 Lake Otis Parkway. The entire vigil schedule is available online. For more information, contact Anchorage coordinator Jon Agosti at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/anchorage. Organizers encourage those unable to attend to pray and fast at home for an end to abortion.