An annual clash of ideologies takes place every Good Friday in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in St. Paul, Minnesota.
On that day pro-lifers praying for abortion to end, which often includes our own Carla, dwarf counter-protesting pro-aborts.
The only difference this year was the location. Planned Parenthood has moved to a 46,000 sq ft mega-mill, now the 3rd largest PP clinic in the U.S.
Reported Brian Gibson, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, from the scene:
Just two weeks after having one of the largest crowds for the Rallies for Religious Freedom, pro-life Christians came out in record numbers to attend Pro-Life Action Ministries annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil. Throughout the 7-1/2 hours of this vigil about 3,200 people filled the street next to the new mega-Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minn. This all-day vigil has been held in front of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility for 27 years. This is the first year at the newly built 46,000 sq. ft. abortion facility.
A baby was saved by sidewalk counselors with Pro-Life Action Ministries during the prayer vigil.
Fifteen area pastors of various Christian denominations led prayer, each taking a different half-hour time. Included among the clergy were Catholic Archbishop John Niensted and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Pichè, Baptist Minister Leo Reck, African American Pentecostal Minister Larry Trawick, and Lutheran Minister Fred Thoni. Between prayer times, hymns and songs of worship are sung. The only sign brought to this event is a life-size cross.
“The logistical challenges of bringing in this many people were a bit daunting,” said Gibson. “We had to use a remote parking lot and bus in the participants.” Gibson continued, “We were able to move more than a thousand people an hour from several miles away and it worked better than our expectations. But the most exciting thing for me is a baby was saved.”
A view from the other side, according to KARE:
A smaller counter-protest of Planned Parenthood supporters marched in a separate area, and patient care was not interrupted. Police barricades separated the protestors.
Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortion services in the state. The number of abortions performed in Minnesota has been steadily falling for decades. In 2010, the most recent data available, that number was 11,500, the lowest since 1975.
“This is an annual event and this is the first annual event that’s taken place at this facility, but we’re very excited,” said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Jennifer Aulwes. “We have 800 people signed up to come and support Planned Parenthood today, so we’re happy to be out here with all the people in the community that support us.”
The smaller band of abortion supporters holding their Pepto-pink signs can be seen off in the distance in this KARE photo…