Says "saddest day on calendar," Jan. 22, brings out best in many
The “saddest day on the American calendar” -- the Jan. 22 anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion -- is also a day that brings out the best in many, the co-founder of 40 Days for Life told about 150 people who gathered in Peoria for the annual Sanctity of Human Life Rally.
“Despite 42 years of legalized abortion, we are still gathering to stand up for the most basic and beautiful right we have, the right to life,” said Shawn Carney, a Catholic from Texas who in 2004 helped plan a 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and public witness outside an abortion facility in College Station.
To the organizers’ surprise, pro-lifers in other cities began asking for information on the 40 Days experience. Three years later, Carney and David Bereit launched 40 Days for Life as a nationally coordinated effort.
Campaigns have since taken place in 559 cities in 27 countries, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people -- including hundreds in the Diocese of Peoria through efforts in Peoria, Champaign, Ottawa, and the Quad Cities.
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