Priests for Life Prayer Campaign Begins with Abortion Protests Saturday
Priest for Life founder Fr. Frank Pavone has called for an eight-day campaign of prayer and fasting beginning Saturday, the National Day of Protests Against Planned Parenthood.
Priests for Life is a co-sponsor of this event, which will include protests at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati abortion business and a non-surgical center in Dayton (OH). Columbus-based Created Equal (another co-sponsor, along with Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, 40 Days for Life and more than 40 other groups) reports rallies and protests will be held at more than 280 sites, and others are still being confirmed.
Eleven are scheduled to be held in Ohio, one in Louisville, and eight in Indiana. (See below for information about Cincinnati and Dayton protests.)
The inter-denominational prayer effort will complement the protests, Fr. Pavone says. “Prayer is the foundation of the pro-life effort. And prayer, well-prayed, leads to action.”
A coalition of co-sponsors will help to spread prayer and fasting beyond the Catholic community, who lead pro-life efforts in many areas, uniting Christians in solidarity. Co-sponsors include:
- National Pro-Life Religious Council
- National Clergy Council
- Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
- Presbyterians Pro-Life
- Evangelical Church Alliance
- Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
- Americans United for Life
- Tubman Truth
- Faith and Action
- Gospel of Life Ministries
- National Pro-Life Center
- National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
- Catholics Called to Witness
- Jill Stanek
- Pro-Life Action Ministries
- Life Issues Institute
- Day Gardner
- National Black Pro-Life Union
- Hispanics for Life
“Often believers say their first response to abortion should be prayer,” says Fr. Pavone said. “Not so. It should be repentance, because when innocent blood is shed on the land, all in the land must answer for it. This leads us to intense and sustained prayer and fasting.”
Suggested prayers for the eight days begin with repentance on behalf of our country, and include prayers for an end to the killing of children and the selling of their body parts, healing for those wounded by abortion, conversion of abortionists, and strength and perseverance for pro-life activists.
Cincinnati’s rally is being coordinated by Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati with Created Equal and numerous other pro-life groups. Originally designed to be a silent memorial, it will now include prayer and speakers (more information to come).
For more on the Prayer Campaign, see PrayerCampaign.org.
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