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40 Days for Life activists work to end abortion in Columbus


The handful of people standing with signs on the side of Rosemont Drive may not look like a huge movement, but they are not acting alone.

More than half a million people in over 500 cities across the US are currently participating in the 40 Days for Life Campaign which spans from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3.

Several of these activists are from churches and organizations in the Columbus area, and are taking turns in a peaceful vigil outside of a local abortion facility. Members of Saint Anne Catholic Church stood outside of Women's Health Organization from morning until evening today, Oct. 18, holding signs, praying, and giving out information about alternatives to abortion.

"There are other resources available to these women," says Roberta Harrelson, a 40 Days for Life activist. "We have a Lifeline adoption agency here. There are many people that would love to come alongside these women and help support them through their pregnancy, and help them to make a choice for life for their baby."  

According to the campaign's website, 41 abortion facilities in America have closed as a result of these peaceful protestors steering women in other directions.

"Our prayer is that this one would close, and that women would be directed to crisis pregnancy centers," says Harrelson.

Harrelson explains that Sound Choices, the crisis pregnancy center in Columbus, offers several free services to pregnancy women, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, classes and access to doctors and options for adoption. They also provide post-abortion counseling for women who have had an adverse emotional impact from previous experiences with abortion.

Since the movement began in 2007, organizers say Forty Days for Life activists have prevented more than 7,536 abortion. At least 52 of those preventions took place here in Columbus.

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