A fall 40 Days for Life campaign will be held in London, Ont., the first time the city will host the event. 40 Days for Life is a prayerful, peaceful campaign with the purpose of showing people the evils of abortion. It originated in the United States and has been already held in 337 cities around the world and was brought to Canada in October 2009. For 40 days, witnesses pray and fast, keep vigil outside of an abortion facility, and educate others about abortion.

The campaign in London will start on September 28 and end on November 6. The vigil will be outside of Victoria Hospital on Commissioners Road, which is a part of the London Health Sciences Centre. Phil Arnsby, President of London Area Right to Life, told The Interim that the Ontario government recently built a North Tower addition there at taxpayers’ expense. While the government boasts that the hospital has state-of-the art technology for treating infants, on “the floor above … they quietly eliminate the lives of children.”

Arnsby hopes that 40 Days for Life in London will “transform our country and city.” The goal of the participants will be “to change the hearts of society as they see us witnessing for 40 days.”

This fall, 40 Days for Life events will be held in the United States, England, Australia, Argentina, Germany, and Spain. In Canada, there will be campaigns in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Québec. For the London, Ontario event, there will be a closing celebration on November 5 at the London pro-life conference to be held at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn on 591 Wellington Road.