Pro-Life Advocates Protest Episcopal Church Hosting Event to Celebrate 42 Years of Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2015   |   11:43AM   |   Wichita, KS

Pro-life advocates are protesting an Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kansas that is hosting an event for the Planned Parenthood abortion business to celebrate 42 years of legalized abortion. The United States marks the grim anniversary on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand.

After LifeNews broke the news that St. James Episcopal Church was holding the pro-abortion event, local pro-life advocates are now contacting the church protesting the decision. Since the article, Rev. Dawn Frankfurt of the church tells local media that the church’s Facebook page has been flooded with criticism:

The event has been at St. James the past four years and had never been the subject of protest before, she said Tuesday.

“But last Monday when we came to work,” Frankfurt said, “the phones were just starting to ring off the hook. People were asking ‘Are you really hosting a chili event to celebrate 42 years of murder?’ ”

Some messages warned members of the church that they were going to hell.

“We knew immediately there was something going on,” Frankfurt said. “We became aware it was a bigger deal than we thought on Wednesday of last week when the Wichita police called and said ‘We’ve been made aware of a protest that may happen at your church and we’d like to talk to you about it.’ ”

Frankfurt said the church expects a protest by members of anti-abortion groups the Sunday after the event, on Jan. 25.

“We’re telling people to come to church as usual and to trust that those who are protesting probably have protested before and know what the rules are,” she said.

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David Gittrich, state development director for Kansans for Life, said his group is “in the process of formulating some plans. We don’t think Jan. 22 is a day of celebration. We think it’s a day of mourning.”

The calls, e-mails and posts on social media aren’t deterring St. James.

“The Episcopal church says you can form your own opinion about reproductive justice and you can be against it or for it. There’s room for everybody in the Episcopal church to come together and worship God,” Frankfurt said. “We’ll see how this goes, but I don’t feel like changing my mind on supporting (Planned Parenthood).”

Why would a church support the nation’s largest abortion business?

One pro-life person called the church and a representative said Planned Parenthood doesn’t do abortions.

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has released its 2013 annual report and the new numbers indicate it did more abortions than the year before — killing 327,653 babies in abortions while taking in millions in taxpayer funds.

While it remains America’s biggest abortion corporation, the “nonprofit” continued to make money — bringing in $305.4 million last year and $305.3 million this year. Planned Parenthood continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money, as it took in $540 million in 2012 and $528 million in 2013.

In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions. While abortions rose, Planned Parenthood adoption referrals dropped 14% in one year, and prenatal care services dropped 4%.

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Sadly, the Episcopal Church is no stranger to supporting abortion and last year an Episcopal priest in Louisiana was pushing a letter urging Christians to support building a new Planned Parenthood abortion business in New Orleans.

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