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By Ben MacDonald



Have you passed by the corner of Wellington and Commissioners and seen a group of people quietly walking back and forth? Maybe you’re aware that the group is in silent prayer about the abortions being carried out in Victoria Hospital on the site. What you probably aren’t aware of is that recently the London Area Right to Life Association (LARTLA) joined other like-minded groups around the world in participating in the 40 Days for Life event.

40 Days for Life was started in 2007 based on three tenets: Prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. The prayer and fasting is done by individuals and churches, which sign up for a day at a time. The prayer is focused not only on the act of abortion itself, but also for women who have had an abortion or are contemplating one, for the workers in the clinic, and for revival in the church and nation.

A constant vigil is also maintained outside a local abortion clinic. This time of prayer is meant to be a physical reminder to people of the tragedy of abortion, and a challenge to those who work in the clinic to repent of their occupation. This vigil is peaceful, but is intended to be a powerful reminder that while politicians can silence dissent on the issue of abortion they can never make it right.

The third tenet is community outreach. This is done in many different forms such as bumper plates and stickers, media releases and engagement, and door-to-door drives. In many areas, including in London, local university/college campuses are engaged through education and in the support of campus pro-life groups.

The “40 Days” in the 40 Days for Life comes from the significance the Bible often puts on the term of 40 days for changing individuals and nations. It rained for forty days to flood the world, Moses spent forty days on the mountain top when being given the ten commandments, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert while defeating the temptations of Satan, and then Jesus spent forty days with the disciples after His resurrection. Likewise, the founders of this movement see the period of forty days praying and fasting as transformative when taking on the abortion stronghold.

The London Area Right to Life Association started in 1967 not only to take on the issue of abortion, but other threats to life as well. The motto is: From Conception to Natural Death. While the death penalty is fortunately a non-issue in Canada, euthanasia has gained prominence.

LARTLA’s statement of peace, signed and adhered to by all volunteers during the vigil, highlights their dedication to the sanctity and dignity of all life. This statement includes the following:
  • I will pursue only 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 of the hospital employees, volunteers, or clients.
  • I will not obstruct the driveways or sidewalks while sanding or sitting to pray.
  • I will not threaten, physically contact, or verbally abuse Hospital employees, volunteers, or clients.
  • I will cooperate with local city authorities.

If you are concerned with the effect that abortion is having on our society but don’t know what you can do to help, you can get in touch with the London Right to Life Association by emailing Bonnie at info@right2life.ca. Click HERE to get more information and HERE for more information on London Area Right to Life.