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.