On Friday, Christians all across the U.S. will gather outside of abortion clinics for a special event to remember the innocent lives of unborn children lost to abortion.
Special prayer vigils called the Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion coincide with Good Friday, the solemn day when Christians remember Jesus’s death on the cross to take away the sins of humanity.
The Pro-Life Action League, which is organizing the effort, began the Good Friday prayer vigils as a way to commemorate the deaths of nearly 60 million unborn babies who have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade. The group compared Jesus’s suffering and horrific death on the cross to the suffering that unborn babies experience every day inside the nation’s abortion clinics.
“These children’s lives are ended, deliberately, before they even get to take their first breath,” Executive Director Eric Scheidler said. “As Christians, we seek Christ’s forgiveness for our sins. This sin of killing our own children is one of which our entire society must repent. If we cannot protect the child in the womb, we will never truly be a civilized, compassionate people.”
The non-denominational vigils will be held in front of about 70 abortion facilities in 28 states, including California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a press release from the group. More details about the prayer vigil times and locations are available on the Pro-Life Action League website.
Led by local clergy, the groups will go through the stations of the cross and meditate on Jesus’ crucifixion and the devastating effects of abortion on our nation. They also will pray for the unborn victims of abortion and their mothers, communities, abortion industry workers and abortion advocates.
Scheidler said they have seen prayers save unborn babies, heal women who are hurting and move hearts to compassion for unborn babies.
“More than 3,300 babies are put to death by abortion every day in the United States—even on Good Friday and it’s happening in our town, in every town,” Scheidler said. “This solemn day that has been revered for centuries is an ideal time for pro-life Americans to put their convictions into effective action.”