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Pro-life Group Will Kick Off '40 Days for Life' Campaign in Glen Ellyn

Speakers will include Bishop Joseph Siegel of the Diocese of Joliet and Mary Griffith of Woman’s Choice Services.

File photo from a 40 Days for Life campaign in Catonsville, Md. (Credit: Catonsville.Patch.com)
File photo from a 40 Days for Life campaign in Catonsville, Md. (Credit: Catonsville.Patch.com)

Aanchor Health Center in Glen Ellyn will be the site of one of many simultaneous campaigns held by pro-life and religious groups across the country this month in an effort to end abortion. 

The "40 Days for Life" campaign will embark on 40 days of prayer and fasting, with the mission of community outreach. A kickoff rally will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the public right-of-way outside Aanchor Health Center, a Glen Ellyn facility that offers abortion among its services.

“We are doing this campaign to bring a greater awareness of the harmful effects of abortion in our community,” said Ava Voissem, local campaign coordinator. “We want to stop families in our community from being victimized by abortion.”

Speakers at the event will include Bishop Joseph Siegel of the Diocese of Joliet, Matt Woodley of the Church of the Resurrection, Nancy Kreuzer of Silent No More Awareness Chicago, and Mary Griffith of the local pregnancy resource center Woman’s Choice Services, according to a press release.

40 Days for Life is a peaceful, intensive pro-life campaign that focuses on prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities and grassroots, educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformations in 40-day periods. The national 40 Days for Life campaign runs from Sept. 25 through Nov. 3. 

“We hope that this campaign will save lives, heal families, and unify the local pro-life community," Voissem said.

For more information about the Glen Ellyn campaign, visit the 40 Days for Life website.

Richard Fischer September 03, 2013 at 01:27 AM
When will the religious right realize that reproductive choice has been the law of the land since 1973? Women should have the right to decide what happens to their bodies, not a bishop from Joliet and his followers.
Lorriane September 03, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Illegal immigration has had laws on the books that need to be enforced just as long and no one is following those
Max Smart September 03, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Rich, when will you murderers realize that God will not be mocked? Probably when it's too late. In the meantime, we will keep trying to protect these babies from you sick, twisted ogres.
Richard Fischer September 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Max, It's so interesting to see religious types like yourself foaming at the mouth with anger and hate-filled language. What an irony. If we still lived in the middle ages where you're thinking comes from, I'm sure you'd have me burned at the stake for my opinion! Thankfully, your religious dogma no longer controls society.
Max Smart September 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Hate filed language, Rich? Please point that out to me. I'd be interested to know where that resides in my previous post. Or is it all in your head? No, you won't be burned at the stake. Now, what happens in hell is a different story!
Germaine Magdalen September 03, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Just because something is law doesn't mean it's right. Look at slavery; it used to be legal. As the law presently stands, women are able to choose to kill the babies in their wombs. Regardless if you feel that it's right or wrong, the fact is that is a decision many women have felt forced to make, and have regretted, and it is a decision that no woman should feel forced to make. Part of the purpose of 40 Days For Life is to offer compassion and assistance to those who visit abortion facilities. As it says on their website, they invite people to pray in peaceful vigil outside so as to be that last sign of hope and first sign of mercy to anyone visiting there. Here is a copy of the statement of peace that they ask participants to sign: Vigil Participant Statement of Peace I, ____________________________________________, testify to the following: Print Name • I will only pursue peaceful solutions to the violence of abortion when volunteering with the 40 Days for Life campaign • I will show compassion and reflect Christ’s love to all Aanchor Health Center employees, volunteers, and customers • I understand that acting in a violent or harmful manner immediately and completely disassociates me from the 40 Days for Life campaign • I am in no way associated with Planned Parenthood, its affiliates or any abortion provider While standing in the public right-of-way in front of Aanchor Health Center: • I will not obstruct the driveways or sidewalk while standing in the public right of way • I will not litter on the public right-of-way • I will closely attend to any children I bring to the prayer vigil • I will not threaten, physically contact, or verbally abuse Aanchor Health Center employees, volunteers or customers • I will not damage private property • I will cooperate with local authorities Signature: _________________________________Date:__________________
Germaine Magdalen September 04, 2013 at 12:03 AM
For anyone who's regretting a past abortion, here's some groups that can help you and which have local groups: http://silentnomoreawareness.org/ http://hopeafterabortion.com/ http://www.ramahinternational.org/ Know that you're not alone: http://www.feministsforlife.org/voices-of-women-who-mourn/
Germaine Magdalen October 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
The facility is CLOSED AGAIN for a second saturday in a row, and I think that's in part to people bending God's ear whether at home or on the public parkway :D Over 25 faith communities are participating in this peaceful initiative, and a couple hundred have been out there to pray! God is so very good to us!

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