THE key to ending abortion is to build relationships and change people’s hearts, according to 40 Days for Life Brisbane organiser Brendan Wong.
The campaign is entering its fifth year of prayer vigils in Brisbane this Lent, and Mr Wong said he wanted to focus on deepening relationships with people who consider having abortions.
“The difference between us and other groups is we really want to build relationships, and not just with the women going to abortion clinics,” he said.
“For us, the most effective way to end abortions is to go out there connecting with others.
“We’ve done many ineffective methods in the past, but really by building relationships, they can build with others, and that’s all the heart of it.”
Mr Wong said the group hoped to raise more awareness about the pro-life campaign, and about the impact of abortion on society.
Officials of 40 Days for Life claim that, since beginning in 2007, the international campaign has saved 6749 lives in more than 15 countries, but according to Mr Wong, “We’ve only scratched the surface”.
“The greatest challenge for us, is that we need to get the word out, not just to Catholics, but to many denominations, and many churches,” he said.
“Ninety-nine people out of a hundred have never heard of 40 Days for Life.
“As a rule, not many people even know about abortions – it’s not something they think about, and it’s not urgent, not important.
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