“We all have a personal stake”: Manchester launches 40 Days for Life, Spring 2022

A few notes on the kickoff rally for Manchester, NH’s latest 40 Days for Life campaign:

How many times did I take these launch rallies for granted, pre-Covid? Pandemic precautions kept indoor meetings to a minimum over the past couple of years. State and municipal restrictions and recommendations are easing. Gathering at St. Thomas parish hall in Derry with other 40 Days for Life supporters last weekend felt like an exceptional celebration. It was good to greet neighbors old and new.

Althea Ansah could have spent twice as much time at the microphone, and I still would have wanted to hear more from her. She’s a former Student for Life leader at UNH, and now she’s a WIC nutritionist and a volunteer with New Hampshire Right to Life. 

She said that as a high school student, she had been supportive of abortion, seeing it as an aspect of women’s rights. As she learned more about fetal development, abortion took on another meaning. “It was like a light bulb went off.” Once at UNH, “my walls broke down.” She described going to the national March for Life in 2020 and feeling overwhelmed at seeing so many people coming together to support families. 

Now, she values the many roles people have in pro-life work: legislation, prayer, apologetics, reducing the demand for abortions, and – “my favorite” – providing supportive services for people in need. There’s work for everyone. “We all have a personal stake in abortion.”

Read the full post at Leaven for the Loaf. Read more about 40 Days for Life at 40daysforlife.com.

Media Moments, October 2020

microphone image by Florante Valdez from Pixabay

40 Days for Life AND election season add up to lots of material for conversations online and on-air. My thanks go to Liz Gabert and Jack Kenny who welcomed me to their respective programs this month.

Life With Liz, WSMN Nashua

No written agenda is needed when Liz invites me to join her. She always makes me feel like I’m sitting down for coffee with a friend (which is pretty much what we’re doing!). This time, we talked about the importance of down-ballot offices in this year’s election, with New Hampshire’s Executive Council races as an example. Later in the show, Sister Mary Rose Reddy joined us to talk about the current 40 Days for Life campaign.

Life With Liz, 10/14/2020

Rainbow Stew with Jack Kenny, Manchester Community Television

I was pleased to represent the Manchester (NH) 40 Days for Life campaign in this interview with Jack Kenny.

Jack Kenny’s Rainbow Stew, taped 10/21/2020

Support in Unexpected Places

I ask my readers’ indulgence as I shamelessly swipe something from the latest update out of 40 Days for Life in Greenland, New Hampshire.

…I also got an update about the women from the Correctional Center who pray for our Greenland 40 Days for Life Efforts. The Godmother to one of the women forwarded  my 40DFL email in which I mentioned the women and their prayer support of our local 40 DFL efforts. The women were very encouraged by the connection they have to something outside their walls-the 40 Days for Life Greenland vigil!

Wow.

No one is beyond prayer, and no one is beyond joining in prayer.

Read the rest of the post at Leaven for the Loaf.