Cortney O'Brien

40 Days for Life is a pro-life campaign that works to end abortion through prayer, fasting and holding peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics. Their nonviolent work has helped to close 45 abortion clinics since its founding.

This week, the campaign celebrated overseas. In London, the BPAS abortion business in Bedford Square closed after five campaigns, giving 40 Days for Life its first international victory.

Robert Colquhoun, 40 Days for Life’s international outreach director, spoke in front of the newly closed clinic and explained what a little bit of prayer and determination accomplished:

“We know of 50 women who chose life for their babies as a result of an offer of love and support at this very spot. It’s a profound joy to know there will no longer be abortions happening at this very place.”

40 Days for Life is kicking off its next campaign this week in 253 locations, both nationally and internationally.

Here are a few other encouraging numbers from the lifesaving campaign:

• 600,000 participants
• 16,500 churches
• 2,786 total campaigns
• 522 cities
• 21 countries
• 8,245 lives saved
• 88 workers quit
• 45 clinics closed

The pro-life activists involved in these campaigns often face adversity and ridicule from those who call them “protesters,” “bullies” or worse. As such, they should be commended for continuing to fight for the unborn. Now, they’ve proven their message can win across the pond.

Here’s hoping London is just the beginning.


Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is a Townhall web editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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