Inspired by the movie “Unplanned,” pro-life people across the country will hold candlelight vigils at Planned Parenthood abortion centers on Saturday. The simultaneous event will take place at 142 Planned Parenthood abortion businesses.
Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is one of the organizers.
“On Saturday, April 13, the #ProtestPP coalition is organizing simultaneous candlelight vigils throughout the United States at hundreds of facilities operated by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain,” she told LifeNews. “The vigils coincide with the release of the pro-life movie UnPlanned, about the conversion of former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson. With its frank depiction of abortion, the film is inspiring a fresh wave of opposition to Planned Parenthood.”
Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, who left her position as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas, after participating in an ultrasound-guided abortion, and became a nationally known pro-life advocate. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion company, and does more than 36% of all abortions in the United States every year.
“Unplanned presents a heartbreaking story of what abortion does to its unborn victims, the women who make that choice, and those who are involved in providing abortions,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the national organizers of the Nationwide Candlelight Vigil. “The pro-life community nationwide is responding to the pain and suffering of abortion by turning to prayer.”
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More than 140 candlelight vigils have been scheduled in 37 states (see list of locations here). The vigils will feature pro-life advocates offering hymns and prayers for an end to abortion, often with reflections by local clergy. In many locations, women will share their stories of how abortion led to years of pain and suffering, encouraging other women not to make the same tragic choice.
There will be 13 vigils in the state of Michigan, including the Detroit area — where Deborah Bloomfield of Upper Downriver Right to Life is a local organizer.
“Unplanned presents a heartbreaking story of what abortion does to its unborn victims, the women who make that choice, and those who are involved in providing abortions,” she told LifeNews. “Our community—along with others across the country—is responding to the pain and suffering of abortion by turning to prayer.”
The candlelight vigil in Detroit will feature pro-life advocates offering hymns and prayers, led by Deacon Richard Bloomfield from Our Lady of the Scapular Catholic Parish in Wyandotte, as well as placing flowers and lighting candles in remembrance of the victims of abortion.
“Planned Parenthood claims to put women’s needs first,” Mrs. Bloomfield remarked. “But Unplanned tells a very different story—a story confirmed by their own annual reports. While abortions continue to rise at Planned Parenthood, every year they’re seeing fewer patients and performing fewer other services. More and more, Planned Parenthood is really all about abortion and the profit made by taking advantage of women looking for assistance.”
The Nationwide Pro-Life Candlelight Vigil is being coordinated by #ProtestPP, a joint project of the Pro-Life Action League, Created Equal, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, who are joined by a coalition of more than 75 local, state and national pro-life groups.