CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 20 October 2018

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Forty Days for Life

HONG KONG (SE): A group of over 50 people gathered at Holy Cross parish in Sai Wan Ho to join a two-hour March for Life through the streets of Hong Kong on March 20 to the offices of the largest abortion provider in the city, which is situated outside the Southorn Playground in Wanchai, where a brief candlelight vigil was held.

The Hong Kong Family Planning Association is a founding member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which is the largest abortion provider in the world.

The gathering then walked from the offices of the association to the nearby Church of Christ in China, where a closing ceremony and prayer was held.

The March for Life was the culmination of Forty Days for Life, which Kevin Lai Yuk-ching, from Joy of Life, described as being a positive way to address the culture of death for convenience, which is strong in Asia and around the world.

“Forty Days for Life has helped local Churches respond in positive ways in addressing the harm that abortion has done, and continues to do, in Hong Kong,” Lai told the Sunday Examiner.

He explained that those participating in the March for Life sealed their mouths with red tape, as a symbol of the unborn children, the innocent victims of abortion, whose voices cannot be heard, who are the innocent victims of abortion.

“Today’s walk was symbolic of the long journey to build a culture of life. The red life tape let us experience the voicelessness of the preborn baby,” Lai explained.

Beginning on February 10, over 115 people from 25 Churches around the city held a continuous vigil in short shifts throughout the day outside the Hong Kong Family Planning Association at the Southhorn Centre in Wanchai.

A deacon, Reverend Li Fook Sung, from the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, said, “This rally concludes our Forty Days for Life campaign, but it marks a beginning of a renewed commitment to ending abortion in our community. We look forward to seeing what God has planned for our city.”

Samuela Wong, who joined the 40 days of prayer with her husband and children, said, “This is unprecedented, in Hong Kong and in Asia. Over 100 people joined, who had never prayed outside an abortion centre before. I really feel that motherhood is God’s gift to women. My experiences of pregnancy have given me a deeper reflection about life.”

Over the past 10 years, Forty Days for Life has run initiatives in over 600 cities around the world and has involved 675,000 people in 32 countries, bringing Churches together for prayer and fasting, as well as peaceful and law-abiding prayer meetings at abortion centres.

Providing community education is a part of the charter of Forty Days for Life and the 40-day time frame is drawn from examples taken from biblical history. 

This year, the movement organised 3,895 campaigns aimed at bringing the truth of abortion into the public eye.

 

Abby Johnson, a former director of Planned Parenthood, said, “I am in this movement today because of ordinary people who took on an extraordinary task. My former abortion clinic is closed because of their sacrifice. Babies are alive because of them. Women are no longer being hurt by abortion in their community. You can do this. You can save a life. I now stand alongside you in this FortyDays for Life movement.”

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