In December 2015, pro-lifers were sued by a Washington, D.C. elementary school after they protested the construction of a Planned Parenthood abortion mega-center next door.
On Jan. 21, several pro-life organizations will return to protest the construction of the abortion facility at 1225 4th St NE in Washington D.C., from 9 to 11 a.m.
Eric J. Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League, said: “This protest in the nation’s capital the day before the annual March for Life puts Planned Parenthood on notice that they can expect the protests, rallies and prayer vigils at their abortion centers to keep growing throughout 2016. The media spin, the lawsuits, the denials — none of it can unsay the horrifying things we all heard in those undercover videos last year. Seeing such callous disregard for human life has inspired a major upsurge in pro-life activism — a ‘new normal’ that Planned Parenthood will have to deal with for years to come.”
The protest will include several major pro-life leaders, including the Rev. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life, #ProtestPP co-directors Monica Miller, Mark Harrington and Live Action president Lila Rose. The protest also will feature guest speaker David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, the group responsible for the undercover Planned Parenthood videos showing its employees trafficking aborted babies’ body parts. Daleiden and his group are now being sued by Planned Parenthood.
Mark Harrington, National Director of Created Equal, said: “2015 was rough for Planned Parenthood. In 2016 we will make it even tougher for Planned Parenthood and further our quest to abolish abortion. As a result of the undercover videos, protests at Planned Parenthood facilities are now a daily occurrence. We won’t be satisfied simply defunding Planned Parenthood. We want to defeat Planned Parenthood and end the killing altogether.”
The March for Life will take place the next day, Jan. 22, at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers to the capital from all across the country.
In December, LifeNews reported that families at the sought-after elementary school in Washington, D.C. are increasingly concerned about the construction of the new abortion clinic next to the school. However, the Two Rivers Public Charter School filed a lawsuit against a pro-life group protesting the construction of the abortion facility near the school instead.
The Washington Post reports that the elementary school filed the lawsuit in early December, alleging that protesters are harassing students in their efforts to stop construction of the new “flagship” Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
Jonathan Darnel, a protester named in the lawsuit, told the news outlet that the school should be going after the abortion giant, which aborts more babies than any other group in the U.S.
“We blame the messenger instead of the message,” Darnel said. “They should be filing a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for moving in there and building this place next to their school.”
Planned Parenthood officials believe its clinic will do just fine with the schools close by. Its president and chief executive, Laura Meyers, said they have other clinics located near schools in other parts of the country and that they “enjoy a strong partnership.”
Some parents have voiced their concerns about the abortion facility moving in directly next to the elementary school and across from a middle school, LifeNews previously reported.
Two Rivers parent Jonathan Owen asked: “Does anyone really believe placing a Planned Parenthood facility literally between two schools is a wise decision for the safety of our children? Protests at abortion facilities are very heated, personal, and can turn physically violent.” He added that the new abortion clinic will stir high emotions, especially for those who have children at Two Rivers and are pro-life.