Local Christians will take part in 40 Days for Life ó an innovative pro-life project that consists of prayer and fasting ó from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6, At its center, 40 Days for Life asks all people of good will to pray and fast for an end to abortion.The campaign will help get the word out that abortion is present in Lima and has a negative impact on the community. The most visible element of the campaign will be a 40-day prayer vigil at 222 S. Elizabeth St. on the sidewalk outside Capital Care, a place where abortions are performed through the chemical RU-486 pill that causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy.In U.S. trials, a ďtotal of 295 patients were classified as having failed ... abortion. Of these patients, 79 (27 percent) had ongoing pregnancies, 126 (43 percent) had incomplete abortions, 30 (10 percent) requested and had surgical terminations, and the remaining 60 (20 percent) patients had surgical terminations performed because of medical indications,Ē8 for example, due to uncontrolled hemorrhaging; facts according to www.ru486facts.org .40 Days for Life's presence outside the abortion center is a prayer vigil. We see abortion as a spiritual challenge, not a political one. It may be portrayed as a protest or a demonstration, but that is not the case. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful outreach.In other communities, 40 Days for Life campaigns have increased awareness and led to a significant decline in the number of abortions. We pray that will be the case here in Lima as well. Learn how to get involved by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/lima.