I recently read a statistic that there are more African Americans in New York City who are aborted than are born. If this is only half true, then the quote from Sean Carney, national director of 40 days for Life, is right when he says, "Genocide of all genocides."

And despite the fact that a new poll shows that 63 percent of Americans favor restricting abortions after 20 weeks, we see the recent vote of 46 U.S. Senators who voted to prohibit the ban on those late term abortions at the point that the unborn feel pain. (Where does the idea of representative government apply here?)

Only seven countries in the world allow abortion after 20 weeks. The United States is one of them.

40 Days for Life, was started to combat the spirit of death in this country. The movement is building. Fifty thousand faithful came together recently in San Francisco. This year 354 cities and 25 countries will participate.

Through peaceful prayers and quiet witness, 13,998 lives have been spared from abortion, 170 abortion workers had conversions and quit their jobs, 94 abortion centers have closed their doors forever. (Lest you think there are no clinics to serve pregnant women, there are many Pregnancy Centers who help women and families who do not offer abortion as a solution. Locally, there are Alpha Pregnancy Clinic and Birthright.)

40 Days for Life/Napa, sponsored by the Napa Valley Culture of Life, marks its 20th campaign to start on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. It is a fitting day to celebrate Valentine's Day, as well, with love and concern for our unborn. The campaign is headed by Isidro and Ana and coordinated by Howard Haupt. Opening prayers will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in front of Planned Parenthood.

Those concerned about the unborn and their families are invited to come together at Planned Parenthood, 1735 Jefferson St., Napa. Someone will be there from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until March 25. To sign up, one can call Chris at (707) 252-0191.

Margaret Crotty

Napa

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