.- A live webcast from Jackson, Mississippi will launch the spring 2010 session of the 40 Days for Life campaign. The campaign is dedicated to encouraging pro-life community outreach, fasting and prayer vigils outside abortion clinics.
The webcast will feature 40 Days for Life national director David Bereit, campaign director Shawn Carney, and former Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson.
Johnson experienced a change of heart on abortion after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion and left her job during the last 40 Days for Life campaign.
“I wish every city with an abortion facility will one day be able to participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign," commented Bereit. "But for one night at least, we will be able to give people all over the world an opportunity to see firsthand what this unique pro-life outreach is all about.”
The campaign claims continued growth since its start in fall 2007. It says more than 300,000 people in 280 cities have taken part in past efforts.
Five abortion centers have closed following 40 Days for Life prayer vigils and 27 abortion industry employees have quit their jobs.
"And most incredibly," Bereit said, "we are aware of 2,168 children -- and their mothers -- who were spared from the tragedy of abortion. And those are just the ones we know about."
Speaking about the webcast, he added:
“We want to use tonight's webcast to make sure that everyone can be a part of the excitement from the very start of this 40 Days for Life campaign -- and hopefully to encourage communities who have not yet participated in the campaign to join us in the future.”
The webcast begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 and can be seen at www.ustream.tv/channel/40days
A list of communities participating in the campaign is available at http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm