Abortion is Focus of 40 Days for Life Campaign
Oklahoma Baptists are among several denominations across the state participating in a three-pronged pro-life campaign called 40 Days for Life, Sept. 24-Nov. 2.
The intensive campaign focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities and 40 days of grass roots educational outreach to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America..
The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.
There are 170 cities in 45 states joining for one of the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilizations in history.
The first national 40 Days for Life campaign was conducted in the fall of 2007, with more than 80 cities in more than 30 states participating.
More than 100 people gathered at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City Sept. 23 for a kickoff event for the campaign. A similar rally was conducted in Tulsa with 215 people, across the street from Reproductive Services.
In Oklahoma City, the prayer vigil is being conducted at the Outpatient Clinic for Women at 6112 N.W. 63rd Street. During the day, volunteers are holding up signs in front of the abortion clinic, which is located in a compound of eight businesses. At night, there is a candlelight vigil on the property.
David Wallace, a member of Bethany, Council Road, who has been doing sidewalk counseling at the clinic every Saturday morning for the past 6 1/2 years, said more churches are need to volunteer for the around-the-clock vigil.
“It is our hope that God will act not only to stop women going in for an abortion, but also change hearts and minds of family members who sometimes pressure them, and somehow close the clinic,” he said.
Wallace said about 20-25 abortions are done every Saturday morning at the clinic.
“The owner of the clinic welcomes protesters because he says it helps people know where the clinic is,” Wallace revealed.
He said the owner of the clinic is the same person who burned 30 fetuses in a field in Shawnee, which made national headlines a few years ago.
“He also made the front page of the Daily Oklahoman for being charged with criminal sexual assault of patients,” Wallace said.
Wallace added that in addition to prayer and fasting statewide for abortions to be stopped, “we really need to pray for additional pro-life legislation to be passed.
“Veterinarian clinics are better regulated than abortion clinics are,” he said.
Matthew Staver, dean and professor of Law at Liberty University, said abortion is America’s modern-day holocaust.
“The human suffering and spiritual blindness caused by abortion are beyond comprehension,” he said. “We must not remain silent when millions of innocent unborn children are killed every year.”
Staver said he believes a day is coming when America will face the judgment for her national sin.
“One day, we will have to give an account of our lives and explain why we were silent while the holocaust happened on our watch,” he declared. “We must repent of this national sin, and we must restore a culture of life.”
Andi Baratta, a member of the 40 Days for Life Committee who attends St. Michaels Catholic Church, said this is the first year for the campaign in Oklahoma.
“One of our group participated in the event in Dallas a few years ago and brought it to our attention,” she said. ‘It’s a wonderful way to bring attention to the scourge of abortion, doing it in a peaceful manner.”
Baratta said they are targeting the abortion clinic on N.W. 63rd because there has been a faithful group protesting there for several years.
“So many people haven’t heard of this clinic,” she noted. “We did a campaign last week, sending a group out to put information on neighborhood doors. Some came forward saying they didn’t realize there was an abortion clinic in their neighborhood.”
Baratta said there will be a midway rally on Oct. 23 at Victory Church, 2300 N. MacArthur, at 7 p.m., and she encouraged church groups of all faiths to attend and show their support of the 40-day event.
A midway rally in Tulsa is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 8 a.m., featuring Jane Brennan, author of Motherhood Interrupted.
A victory rally will be conducted in Tulsa Nov. 2 from 3-5 p.m.
For location, and more information, visit www.40daysfor life/Tulsa.
For information on how you can participate in the vigil in Oklahoma City, go to www.40daysforlife.com/Oklahoma City or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 405/593-9041.