“Only God has the right to give and take away life,” Patricia Beseda said, succinctly summing up her pro-life beliefs.
She was gathered with more than 50 people Sunday evening at First Baptist Church to kick off the 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer vigil that begins Wednesday.
The vigil, running through Nov. 3, will require volunteers to pray on the grassy median outside
the Killeen Women’s Health Center for one-hour intervals from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
“It’s now an international movement,” Dennis DeWine said. As the Killeen-area coordinator for the event and chairman of Central Texas Voices for Life, DeWine has been a part of this 40 Days for Life group since its inception eight years ago.
“We are pro-life, not anti-anything,” DeWine said. “Our prayers are to ask God for his grace for the people performing abortions, for the women dealing with it after the fact and for the babies.”
The pro-life community is very active in Texas, and “you can’t help but be a part of it,” said attendee Margaret Morales, who moved to Killeen with her soldier husband from her birthplace in Germany in 1978 and has been part of the local movement for years.
DeWine thanked the crowd for their attendance, introducing clergy from Copperas Cove who came to join in prayer.
“This is the beginning of the end to abortion,” DeWine said.
He stressed that the clinic in Killeen should not be their only focus, as there are places around the world where abortions are performed each day.
The 40 Days for Life movement combines prayer, fasting and peaceful activism to promote a culture of life. Once the introductions were over and sign-ups for vigil time slots were finished, together, the group began to pray.