Interview: Robert Colquhoun 40 Days for Life

40 Days for life

Prayer, fasting, and peaceful witness and community outreach are the hallmarks of 40 Days for Life, a global initiative to end abortion, and save lives.

Michelle Kaufman and Brad Larsen from Family Life International NZ recently had the opportunity to interview Robert Colquhoun, the International Director of 40 Days for Life. Robert, hails from Britain, and led the first 40 Days for Life vigil in that country eleven years ago. Now more than 1,000 babies have been saved from abortion, and the vigils have increased with two sites operating year-round.

Robert, Brad, and Michelle discuss the importance of 40 Days for Life at this time in history, the challenges, and opportunities, and the many stories of hope.


  • how Robert came to realise that pro-life is the “social issue of our age,” and what led him to become involved in 40 Days for Life;
  • many stories of hope, and lives being saved throughout the world – Croatia, Colombia, Africa, the United Kingdom, and of course, the United States;
  • how the availability of abortion pills through the mail is creating a dangerous situation for women, and how we can respond;
  • why prayer, humility, fasting, and repentance are the marks of a 40 Days for Life vigil, and how this sets the vigils apart from political protests;
  • how buffer zones (in New Zealand so-called “safe areas”) around abortion centres present us with a new opportunity to reach out to abortion minded women and continue to save lives;
  • why praying and being present outside abortion centres is not an act of judgment, but rather an act of love, mercy, and hope.

The next 40 Days for Life vigil takes place 2 March (Ash Wednesday) to 10 April (Palm Sunday) 2022. Please contact Michelle for more information about getting involved or leading a vigil in your community, or click here.

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