Nebraska Abortion Numbers Hit 34-Year Low; 40 Days for Life Campaigns to Continue Trend

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 General News
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 "The latest report from theCenter for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omahareveals that abortion numbers in Nebraska have dropped by 50 percent since1990, reaching their lowest level since 1974, the year after abortion wasfirst decriminalized," said David Bereit, national campaign director of 40Days for Life. "Because Nebraska mothers are turning away from abortion inrecord numbers, the state now has only two remaining abortion facilities. Tohelp end abortion in Nebraska for once and for all, 40 Days for Life campaignswill be conducted outside both of these centers from September 24 to November2."

40 Days for Life is a focused 40-day-long pro-life initiative made up ofthree components: prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, constant peacefulvigils outside local abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreachto an entire community. More than 170 cities across the United States andCanada will take part in this fall's 40 Days for Life campaign from September24 to November 2, making this initiative the largest and longest coordinatedpro-life mobilization in history. The list of participating cities is onlineat:

The Nebraska campaigns this fall will focus on the last two abortionfacilities in the state. One of the sites is in Bellevue, and is operated byLeRoy Carhart, the abortionist whose name is on the Supreme Court caseconcerning partial-birth abortion. The other location is the PlannedParenthood abortion center in Lincoln.

Immediately following the 40 Days for Life campaigns held outside theirdoors during this past spring, the Lincoln Planned Parenthood abortionfacility stopped performing abortions for eight consecutive weeks, and theCouncil Bluffs, Iowa Planned Parenthood center, which provided abortions forthe metropolitan Omaha area, discontinued abortions and has not resumed themfor more than 22 weeks.

Additionally, across the nation, two abortion facilities that were sitesof 40 Days for Life vigils have gone out of business this year - one inDallas, Texas and the other in Rockland County, New York.

"It was the power of a peaceful, prayerful presence that helped make adifference in these communities," said Bereit. "We look forward to seeing howGod will inspire people this fall, touching their hearts so they recognize thetragic and brutal reality about abortion, and inspiring them to join the 40Days for Life efforts in Bellevue and Lincoln to help end abortion inNebraska."

For specific information on the Bellevue campaign, contact Ann Marie Bowenof Nebraskans United for Life at: 402-399-0299

For specific information on the Lincoln campaign, contact Pam McCabe ofLincoln Right to Life at: 402-489-7968


Amber Dolle

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SOURCE 40 Days for Life

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