More than 50 members of Tri-Cities–area parishes took part in a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in front of the Regional Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in Bristol, from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4.
The vigil was part of a national movement with vigils conducted at 316 locations across the country.
The Bristol vigil was organized jointly by Hosanna Fellowship Church of Johnson City and by the Respect Life Committee at St. Mary Parish in Johnson City. Linda Edwards of Hosanna Fellowship and Julianne Wiley of St. Mary headed the effort.
Area churches volunteered to send prayer teams to hold signs and provide a peaceful presence in front of the clinic on a once-a-week basis.
Catholic churches in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Elizabethton, Erwin, and Greeneville took responsibility for the five Tuesdays in October from noon to 4 p.m., with a total of 55 Catholics participating over the assigned afternoons and as many as 12 to 20 members present each day.
National 40 Days for Life leaders reported that several abortion clinic staffers experienced a “pro-life conversion” and left their jobs, and 608 babies were saved as women decided not to proceed with scheduled abortions.