40 Days for Life, the annual pro-life prayer vigil, is expected to break the record for most participating cities this year, despite lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the course of 40 days, from September 23 to November 1, pro-life activists will gather outside abortion clinics to pray seven days a week in an effort to end abortion across the world.
"Many thought that the pandemic and civil unrest in our streets would be a deterrent, but I am so proud of the local leaders who came out in droves to apply, train, and lead their campaign locally," Carney said. "The desire to help women and their unborn children is at an all-time high despite nearly five decades of legalized abortion. The pro-life movement gets larger and younger by the day and that is illustrated in this record."
Although the vigils are largely concentrated in the United States and Canada, 40 Days for Life campaigns are being held in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Argentina, Croatia, Germany, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Uganda.
Carney also said that because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, his team "enhanced and expanded our training for the pandemic, but also for security and keeping all participants safe."
His organization is also ready for any potential litigation in case any vigil faces legal harassment or aggression.
"Historically, 40 days for Life is well-known in the communities we are in and we have a good reputation with local officials and law-enforcement," Carney said. "If a local judge attempts to use COVID-19 as a vehicle to suppress our rights, then we are prepared to respond and defend those rights as Americans."