Pro-Lifers Call For Abortion Moratorium During Pope’s Visit, Planned Parenthood Says “No”

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jan 15, 2015   |   6:14PM   |   Philadelphia, PA

In September, Pope Francis will be visiting the city of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. During his visit, pro-life groups are asking for a moratorium on abortion. The president of the Christian Defense Council, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, says they are asking all abortion facilities in the state to shut down for the week during the Pope’s visit to the United States.

Pro-life groups have also invited Pope Francis to come and pray with them outside of Philadelphia’s abortion facilities. The Pope is 100% pro-life and in 2013, he reiterated the churches position on abortion.

He said, ““I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”


This is why Mahoney hopes abortion businesses will stop killing for the Pope’s first visit to the Keystone state. He concluded, “Our hope and prayer is, while Pope Francis is here — a pope who has stood for the disenfranchised, the needy the oppressed — that innocent children’s lives will not be taken while he makes his first visit to Philadelphia.”

However, according to NewsWorks, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania has already denied the request. Dayle Steinberg, the CEO of the abortion business, said, “One in three women in America will have an abortion in her lifetime, and we fight against the campaign to marginalize abortion as morally wrong and socially unacceptable.”

Philadelphia was home to Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist who was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder. He ran a “House of Horrors” where minority women were maimed and their babies were butchered. His “clinic” was filled with bloody furniture, outdated equipment, and the body parts of babies that he slaughtered.

The Grand Jury report estimates that Gosnell delivered hundreds of babies alive and then had their spinal cords “snipped.”

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As LifeNews previously reported, an Indiana representative, Marlin Stutzman, described Gosnell’s facility before members of Congress. He said, “In that building—crawling with animals, reeking of urine, and filled with bloodstained furniture—Kermit Gosnell was running a slaughterhouse. On a regular basis, he used a pair of scissors to sever the spinal cords of helpless babies who were born alive during illegal, late-term abortions. The loss of these lives should scar the conscience of civilized people everywhere. This is not a discussion about abstract concepts like ‘choice,’ we are talking about brutal deaths of newborn children.”

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood refuses to acknowledge that what happened in Gosnell’s House of Horrors in Philadelphia isn’t any different than what they do on a daily basis. In fact, when Gosnell’s crimes were brought to light, Planned Parenthood denounced his business and called his abortion facility a “criminal enterprise.” Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is countless women have been injured and even killed from sloppy abortionists inside their facilities. For example, in 2012 a woman named Tonya Reaves died at the hands of a sloppy abortionist after a second trimester abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood performs over 330,000 abortions annually and in 2013 alone, the abortion empire brought in $305.3 million. So, at the very least, you would think they could stop killing for profit for a week in respect to the leader of one of the largest religions in the world. Ultimately, though, they don’t care that the Pope is visiting because they’re more interesting in promoting their abortion-on-demand agenda and ensuring that they receive every bit of their annual abortion income.