Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


‘40 Days for Life’ Lent campaign begins Feb. 10

Published February 5, 2016

ATLANTA—40 Days for Life, a nationwide peaceful outreach to pray for an end to abortion, will have an Atlanta campaign during Lent from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, through Palm Sunday, March 20.

“We are eager to join together with people of faith and conscience from hundreds of cities in numerous countries to pray for an end to abortion,” said Margarita Szechenyi, coordinator of the local campaign.

The campaign in Atlanta will include a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way across from the Feminist Women’s Health Center at 1924 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta. All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times. The prayer will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“Abortion takes a tremendous toll in our city, but many people aren’t even aware of it,” said Szechenyi. “We will share the facts with as many people as possible during the 40-day campaign.”

There will also be prayers at other locations in Georgia where abortions take place.

40 Days for Life is a non-denominational initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout biblical history.

“40 Days for Life has consistently generated proven life-saving results,” said Shawn Carney, national campaign director. “During 17 nationally coordinated campaigns, 607 communities have taken part. The efforts of 675,000 people of faith have made a tremendous difference.”

Carney said numerous cities reported a significant drop in abortions. “Some 64 abortion facilities have closed following 40 Days for Life efforts,” he noted. “Churches across denominational lines have worked together to work for an end to abortion in their cities. Many post-abortive women begin programs to heal from the pain caused by previous abortion experiences. And 11,165 babies and their mothers have been spared from the tragedy of abortion.”

“We’ve seen what 40 Days for Life has accomplished here in Atlanta: lives saved, healed and changed, and an ever-growing network of loving support for moms with unexpected or difficult pregnancies,” said Szechenyi. “We can’t wait to begin. It is our prayer that this campaign will help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Atlanta.”

For details about 40 Days for Life in Atlanta, visit or contact Margarita Szechenyi at or 678-200-9712.