National leaders join 40 Days for Life campaign outside Charlotte abortion mill
CHARLOTTE — Shawn Carney, the national campaign director for 40 Days for Life, paid his first-ever visit to Charlotte March 8, joining in the prayer vigil outside one of the city's three abortion mills.
Carney gathered with more than 30 pro-life supporters in front of the abortion mill at Family Reproductive Health, at 700 E. Hebron St., at noon. The facility is one of eight in the Diocese of Charlotte and three in the Queen City – two of which pro-life activists have been praying at during the semi-annual 40 Days for Life campaign, which will continue until April 1.
40 Days for Life campaigns are also being held in 225 cities across the country, including Asheville and Winston-Salem. This is the largest spring campaign to date.
The campaign features prayer and fasting, community outreach, and 40-day prayer vigils in cities across the United States.
Carney's visit is being followed up with a similar visit Saturday, March 10, from Bryan Kemper, youth outreach director for Priests for Life.
Kemper is the founder of Stand True Ministry and a layperson who works with Priests for Life in speaking up for the pro-life cause, especially among youth.
Kemper will also be praying outside the Hebron abortion mill, followed by a visit to St. Mark Church in Huntersville for a pro-life event that evening.
The faithful are encouraged to join the 40 Days for Life campaigns in Asheville, Charlotte and Winston-Salem:
— In Asheville, the 40-day prayer vigil is being held outside the abortion mill Femcare at 62 Orange St., the only western North Carolina clinic that performs medical as well as surgical abortions. The vigil is held daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— In Charlotte, prayer vigils are being held daily outside two abortion mills in the metropolitan area: A Preferred Women's Health Center at 3220 Latrobe Drive and Family Reproductive Health at 700 E. Hebron St. The vigils are held daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— In Winston-Salem, the 40-day prayer vigil is being held daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood Health Systems, 3000 Maplewood Avenue.
To learn more about 40 Days for Life campaign, visit www.40daysforlife.com. Click on any of the city names – Asheville, Charlotte or Winston-Salem – for specific details about the campaign and local contact information.
— Catholic News Herald. Photos by SueAnn Howell, Catholic News Herald.
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- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
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