That time of the year
Twice a year, for a total of 80 days, the sidewalk counseling scene changes. Today was, I believe, the 13th day of 40 Days for Life. It’s interesting how one organization can have such an impact. Sidewalk counselors, in my experience, have a hard time covering all of a clinic’s operating hours. Here in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Payne is open six days a week. We counsel for maybe 5 or 6 hours a week. With the 40 Days for Lifers, there is someone outside that clinic at least sixty percent of business hours.
Here's a little blast from the past re: 40 Days for Life
From a 40 Days officer:
"Our view is that there's plenty of room under the pro-life umbrella for many different approaches that are all focused on the common desire to put an end to abortion. I think there is great value in a secular approach when discussing abortion with a secular audience. We often hear life-begins-at-conception described as a "belief." Of course, as you well know, it's a scientific fact — so thanks for what you're doing!
You asked if people of conscience could participate in 40 Days for Life. That's a tough question. By definition, 40 Days for Life's presence outside the abortion centers is a prayer vigil. Our invitation is to go and pray. That having been said, if the 40 Days for Life campaign moves a person of conscience to come to the clinic to stand in witness against abortion as a human rights violation, for instance — great! Of course, the fact that it is a specifically Christian event may create a reluctance for others to take part. That's unfortunate, but understandable."