A heightened profile for pro-life activism this year has led to San Francisco’s first fall 40 Days for Life campaign. Local 40 Days organizer Clarisse Siu said that after last year’s assault on volunteer Ron Konopaski and the release of the pro-life film “Unplanned,” pro-life vigils have seen “a huge increase in participation.”

“In previous years, it’s been please come and now we have more people coming,” Siu said. “We wanted to capitalize on the momentum and have people come out more regularly.”

The fall prayer vigil campaign will run Sept. 25 through Nov. 3.

Started in 2004, 40 Days for Life involves peaceful vigil outside abortion clinics in addition to community outreach and prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. San Francisco began participating in 40 Days for Life in 2009.

“In our spring campaign, we know we saved at least two children because their parents came and told us,” she said. “And we’ve had tons of women come to us and counter-protesters acknowledge our point of view. So much good comes from our prayerful presence. If you have any questions, you can come and ask us.”

Visit 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/ for more information or to sign up. 

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.