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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




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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

DAY 8: Twins!

October 1, 2014

There is something about twins that adds excitement to a pregnancy. So often, when a couple determined to have an abortion finds out that there is not one baby in the womb, but two … they immediately experience a new…

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DAY 7: Courage in a global crisis

September 30, 2014

The abortion crisis takes more lives globally than war and disease combined. The numbers can be overwhelming … so the solution must start with prayer. As 40 Days for Life continues to grow, faithful people in new countries are taking…

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DAY 6 — 9,001 babies saved!

September 29, 2014

On Mondays during 40 Days for Life campaigns, we share the best news of the week — the updated number of mothers choosing life for their babies. Thus far during this campaign, there have been 28 babies saved – that…

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DAY 5: Bold shepherds

September 28, 2014

Pastors are shepherds. And where the shepherds go, the flock follows. 40 Days for Life has spread to 27 countries because many pastors have boldly led their flocks – by word and example – to defend those being led to…

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DAY 4: Something needs to be done

September 27, 2014

We all love hearing about babies being saved from abortion at the last moment. But the reality is that not all stories have happy endings. Abortion facilities are places of darkness and can sometimes crush what little hope a woman…

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