Pro-life supporters plan 40 nights of vigils

DOWNEY - Pro-life advocates began a 40-day campaign this week to voice their opposition to abortion, with plans for nightly vigil services at a local abortion clinic.The initiative is a local version of the national 40 Days for Life campaign, which calls for 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities and 40 days of educational outreach. The 40-day time frame was taken from Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods, organizers said. "As people here in Downey and our surrounding communities join with others from across the country to pray and fast and take courageous action for 40 days to help end the tragic violence of abortion, we look forward to seeing what kind of transformation God will bring about in our city and throughout America," said Patti Sharpe, who is organizing the campaign in Downey. Pro-life advocates began their nightly vigils Tuesday at Family Planning Associates, located at 8635 Firestone Blvd. in Downey. "We are expecting great things for our local 40 Days for Life campaign," said Kevin Bradburn of Calvary Chapel of Downey. "It is exciting for our city to be a part of something that can have such a lifesaving impact, and many churches are calling their congregations to take action." For more information about the local 40 Days for Life campaign, visit the website or e-mail Kevin Bradburn at

********** Published: September 23, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 23