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The Beginning of the End of Abortion

40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through:

Prayer & Fasting


Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting

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Community Outreach


The pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign

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Peaceful Vigil


A focused, 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil is held outside an abortion facility or public place in your city

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Save Lives Where You Live

Watch this short video where you will discover:

  • How 40 Days for Life began with one hour of prayer . . . and grew into a worldwide movement
  • Why abortion facilities are closing in record numbers across America and around the world
  • The key strategies proven to be most effective at saving lives from abortion and helping those in need

Proven Results

By the grace of God, 40 Days for Life has achieved a stunning track record of results since launching as a worldwide movement in 2007


lives saved


abortion workers quit


abortion centers closed




local campaigns





What People Are Saying

“I hope and I pray that you will join us in this 40 days of prayer and fasting and help overturn Roe v. Wade, because we didn't have a choice in the beginning with the Supreme Court justices — they decided it for us.”

- Norma McCorvey, formerly "Roe" of Roe v. Wade

“The Holy Father greatly appreciates the dedicated work that you and everyone involved in 40 Days for Life are engaged in to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children. His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God.”

- Pope Francis, via Vatican Secretariat of State

“40 Days for Life brings 2 Chronicles 7:14 into 21st century focus. As one human race, we bcome united in prayer. Glory to God!”


“I am in this movement today because of ordinary people who took on an extraordinary task. My former abortion clinic is closed because of their sacrifice. Babies are alive because of them. Women are no longer being hurt by abortion in their community. You can do this. You can save a life. I now stand alongside you in this 40 Days for Life movement.”

- Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director

“40 Days for Life is a testimony to the power of prayer and what can happen when we're consumed by a magnificent obsession, namely that life is sacred and every baby at every stage of development deserves to be protected under law. God is on the move amidst the darkness.”

- Jim Daly, Focus on the Family

“40 Days for Life helps us to be spiritually aware of the need to pray for our unborn brothers and sisters, empowering us to be on the front-lines, reaching out to mothers and fathers with a message of hope. There is no movement more important, and 40 Days for Life is leading the fight, spiritually, and practically, in the trenches every day.”

- Lila Rose, Live Action

“Fasting and praying with 40 Days for Life unifies pro-life energies and illuminates us with grace in our efforts to conquer the culture of death. I strongly encourage every person and organization that believes in the dignity of life to join the 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion, restore families, and renew communities for life.”

- Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., Heartbeat International

“Historians will write about the crucial role that 40 Days for Life played in the end of legal abortion. We encourage each young activist that we train to become involved or lead a 40 Days for Life campaign in their community because we believe it is one of the most effective ways for our movement to abolish abortion.”

- Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America

“Priests for Life and I are delighted to have been involved in 40 Days for Life from its inception, and to share the vision and trumpet the call that the Body of Christ belongs in front of abortion centers, to turn despair into hope and death into life!”

- Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Latest Updates

Will your city be next?

September 17, 2014

It’s time! One week from today, 40 Days for life will kick off in 297 cities in 13 countries, beginning a campaign that will run from September 24 – November 2. Will your city be the next one to get…

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CLOSED! (Yes, another one)

July 21, 2014

Applications to lead the next 40 Days for Life campaign in your community remain open through midnight local time tomorrow, July 22. Here’s the link to apply: http://40daysforlife.com/apply But more about that in a moment. Right now, I’d like to…

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55 abortion centers have done this

July 16, 2014

We now know of 55 abortion centers that have closed their doors and left town in locations where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have been held! Will your city be next? If you’re ready … apply now to lead…

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Look who’s talking!

July 10, 2014

Applications to lead a 40 Days for Life campaign  from September 24 to November 2 are open until July 22 … and have they been pouring in! If you’re ready to lead a campaign, you can apply TODAY. Just go…

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MEDIA: Alfa y Omega

July 10, 2014

Here’s a link to an interview conducted in Madrid with the Spanish magazine Alfa y Omega. Of course, it’s in Spanish! David Bereit de 40 dias por vida The print version of another article is also online … it begins…

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