FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Over 5,000 Lined the Sidewalks for One Purpose
Dallas, Texas – Over 5,000 people have participated in the 40 Days for Life-Dallas 24/7 prayer vigil for one purpose – to end abortion. And that is exactly what happened for 23 mothers, fathers and their children. Since the campaign began on September 27, twenty-three abortion-minded women chose life for their children when presented with loving alternatives by sidewalk counselors outside the Southwestern late-term abortion center – the location of the 40 Days for Life-Dallas vigil.
Dallas is one of over 300 communities worldwide that have conducted simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns, composed of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil outside an abortion center and community outreach to spread the pro-life message. The Fall 2011 campaign will end this Sunday, November 6. “We want to conclude this effort in thanksgiving for the many blessings we have experienced through the powerful prayers and witness of people of different faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds – all brought together by one common belief in the sanctity of life," said Dallas Campaign Director Joanne Underwood.
On Monday, November 7, 40 Days for Life-Dallas will mark the conclusion of the campaign at a Victory Celebration beginning at 7 p.m. in St. Ann Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave. in Dallas. The evening will begin with an inspirational presentation by Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, followed by the moving testimonies of former abortion provider, now pro-life advocate Carol Everett, and Executive Director of LifeTalk Resource Center Katharine Hill. Attendees will also enjoy a special musical performance by world-renowned composer and pianist Eric Genuis with accompanying soloist and musicians.
“Though this 40-day campaign may be drawing to an end, it is only one part of the continuing effort to protect women and children in our city,” said Karen Garnett, Executive Director of the sponsoring organization, the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC). "With the support of volunteer prayer partners, CPLC sidewalk counselors will continue to minister to women and men outside the five Dallas abortion centers daily." 572 mothers have chosen life outside the Dallas abortion centers from January through September of this year.
To learn more about 40 Days for Life-Dallas, visit: www.40daysforlife.com/dallas.
For assistance or for more information, please contact Becky Visosky, 40 Days for Life-Dallas Communications Coordinator, at or 972-267-LIFE (5433).