40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful presence to end abortion.
Prayer – for an end to abortion, for God’s guidance for those involved in prayer gatherings and pro-life action around the country.
Fasting – please consider fasting. It simply involves renouncing an activity that can put a barrier between you and God. It could be television, the internet, a favorite food or drink, etc. You really can do without it! Biblical fasting helps us to take our minds off the things of the world and focus more completely on God.
Peaceful Witness – we stand witness and maintain a peaceful presence outside the Delta abortion facility at 756 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge. Your presence sends a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion facility and those who seek abortion services there.
The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign seeking God’s help to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.
The next campaign runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4, 2018.
The first 40 Days for Life event was held in Baton Rouge in 2011. 76 unborn children have been confirmed saved since 2011.
The official hours that we cover are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days a week. Of course, you are always welcome to come outside of these hours if it fits your schedule, but we do encourage coming when others are present for safety.
The event is held on the sidewalk outside of the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge at 756 Colonial Drive (about 1 mile west of the intersection of Airline Highway and Goodwood Boulevard).
The availability of parking depends on the day of the week. We want to be good neighbors so please follow the rules that we have established.
Weekday parking is not available in the offices next to the prayer site in general. We have received permission to park nearby at 8415 Goodwood Blvd. at the OLOL Pediatric Clinic in the back of the building. (It is the old Baton Rouge Clinic.)
Weekend parking is very easy as all of the businesses are closed. Please park in any of the nearby lots. However, DO NOT PARK IN DELTA’S PARKING LOT OR ON THE VACANT, GRASSY LOT ACROSS THE STREET AT ANY TIME.
Also, do not park in the Woman’s New Life Center parking lot at any time.
The primary prayer site is on Delta’s sidewalk. Our secondary prayer site is across the street on the grassy lot. 40 Days for Life participants are authorized to sit, pray, talk…almost anything EXCEPT PARK THERE. Please bring chairs or blankets for little ones. We encourage adults with children to stay on the lot since there is not a lot of room at the prayer site in front of Delta.
We have permission to use the bathroom at 8415 Goodwood Blvd. at the OLOL Pediatric Clinic on the following days and hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. until noon
(See below for information about other bathrooms and food)
No. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful prayer gathering.
A supply box will be located at the prayer site on the sidewalk. It will include:
If no one shows up to relieve you following your prayer commitment, please do NOT leave the supply box on the sidewalk unattended. Please call your Day Coordinator first if you signed up with a church or group or the 40 Days for Life Baton Rouge Campaign Team at (225) 242-0164 to make arrangements.
Pray! By doing this we cover many needs, all of which have a tremendous impact! Even just being physically present makes a huge impact – so imagine the possibilities when you add the prayers to God!
You may pray out loud or silently, you may pray individually or in a group, you may stand or kneel. Any type of prayer will work – most people use formal and informal prayers while at the abortion facility. You may face the abortion facility or the road while praying and others like to walk up and down the sidewalk as they pray.
Do not obstruct the driveway to the abortion facility or the sidewalks. Also, do not march up and down the sidewalk as that is more in keeping with a protest, which this is not.
Sing! There are some who like to sing quietly to themselves or in groups.
Read Scripture! As with the other actions, read it aloud or silently. Over the course of the 40 days, we hope to have the entire Bible read out loud by participants.
We strive to maintain a prayerful atmosphere while at the abortion facility. Kindly hold personal conversations away from the prayer site (across the street or down the sidewalk) in order to allow others a peaceful prayer space.
(Please see the Statement of Peace for more on appropriate conduct at the event.)
Go with someone who has been before. You may contact us, and we will provide you with a day and time that a group is scheduled to be out so that you may join them. Once you have participated the first time your hesitations will go away! 40 Days for Life is the FIRST TIME that MANY people come to pray at an abortion facility.
Anyone! This is an nondenominational effort, a call to bring the body of Christ together. Typically churches or groups will participate as a whole.
Absolutely! Many youth and smaller children come out to pray with us. Some people like to come as a family and bring a wagon, snacks and coloring books for the little ones. We encourage adults with children to stay on the grassy lot. However, if you decide to pray in front of Delta please keep a close watch on your children because the road is not far from the sidewalk.
As often as you want! Typically, a church or group will “adopt-a-day” (or days) and sign up to cover the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. This is very flexible – come on your church’s day and then know that for the entire 40 days there will be people out there and you are welcome to just show up. There will always be gaps that need to be filled – so we can use all of the volunteers that we can get. Please check the prayer calendar to see what hours are open and not adopted.
It’s important that you only stand on the sidewalk in front of the Delta abortion facility or on the public servitude. The public servitude is the grassy area between the sidewalk and the street. (Please review the site map above.)
DO NOT STAND ON DELTA’S PARKING LOT OR DRIVEWAY. You may walk across Delta’s driveway in order to cross over.
We ask that each participant commit to at least one hour. You are welcome to stay as long as you want, and chances are that you will be helping to fill in gaps if you do. Some prayer volunteers travel a long distance, so stay for a few hours if you can. There are also days you may want to come but haven’t signed up beforehand, come anyway!
You may bring signs. The signs should bear ONLY POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING MESSAGES AND IMAGES.
Graphic imagery is NOT HELPFUL OUTSIDE OF THE ABORTION FACILITY FOR MANY REASONS.
Rain, sleet or hail, we’ll be there! However, use good judgment if it is very severe weather.
Most likely you will not. The way the area is designed, patients park in a lot on the building’s property. They will see us standing out on the sidewalk as they drive into the parking lot, but they will be a distance from us in most cases. Some participants may wish to hold signs that offer help, which increases the chances of interaction. Otherwise it is very unlikely.
**We strongly discourage participants from attempting sidewalk counseling. Sidewalk counseling is reserved for those with specific training in this ministry.
We will have the contact information for local pro-life pregnancy counseling centers available in the supply box that will be on the sidewalk. They include:
**Please remember to not touch the patient or anyone with the patient or members of the Delta staff. A well-intentioned pat on the shoulder or hand may be misconstrued and viewed as a hostile or offensive gesture.
The opposition you most likely face is very mild. Participants have found that there is much more support than opposition. If you face the road you will occasionally notice certain finger gestures and maybe hear the occasional “go home!”
You will mostly hear honks from supporters and receive thumbs up! The abortion facility is located in a business corridor, so there are a few people that use the sidewalk where you will be standing. It is always best to politely move for them to pass. If a passerby wants to have a discussion, just remember to keep the exchange peaceful. If you do not want to have a dialogue, politely tell them that you are praying. Again, the likelihood of interaction is rare.
We have listed below a few of the options that are close to the prayer site.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library (1/2 mile west of prayer site)
7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Sun 2-10 p.m.
Mon-Thurs 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Goodwood Grill (.2 miles east of prayer site)
8558 Goodwood Blvd.
Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whole Foods (1.6 miles south of prayer site)
7529 Corporate Blvd.
Sun-Sat 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Daily
Subway (1.17 miles east of prayer site)
7970 Jefferson Highway, Ste A
Sun 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Le Madeleine (2.1 miles south of prayer site)
7615 Jefferson Highway
Sun-Sat 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily
Yes! Please try to take pictures of your group and forward them to the 40 Days for Life BR Team at [email protected] It is a wonderful reminder of your group’s participation in this effort and will encourage other members to attend. Please DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF THOSE SEEKING SERVICES AT DELTA.
“The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the ‘freedom of speech.’ The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that peaceful communication – such as spoken words, display of signs and leafleting – are all protected forms of free speech, especially in public places like sidewalks and parks. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that speech cannot be censored simply because the speaker’s message irritates or offends a listener.” (prolifeaction.org source cited).
The Baton Rouge Police Department is aware of this annual event. 40 Days for Life has a good relationship with the Baton Rouge Police Department. It is our goal to have a peaceful and safe prayer event. We do not anticipate that you will encounter any problems, but the police are there if we need them.
This is a nondenominational project of Baton Rouge Right to Life AND the Office of Marriage and Family Life/Diocese of Baton Rouge. This is a labor of love for the Lord and for the gift of life he has given to us. However, we have expenses for materials, including printing, paper, and signs among others, to execute this campaign.
If you would like to make a financial contribution to cover such operating expenses for the Baton Rouge campaign, please send a check to Baton Rouge Right to Life and annotate “for 40 DFL-Baton Rouge.” Baton Rouge Right to Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.
Baton Rouge Right to Life
P.O. Box 86005
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
For more information please contact Danielle at (225) 242-0164 or [email protected].
Thank you for participating in the peaceful prayer, fasting, vigil and outreach activities of 40 Days for Life Baton Rouge. Together we will bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.