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On Saturday, February 22, over 70 pro-lifers gathered at First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois for an afternoon entitled, "Witnessing for Life: A Day of Reflection and Renewal."
Six years ago, Planned Parenthood brought what was at the time the largest abortion clinic in America to Aurora under a cloud of controversy and deception. The battle to keep them from opening elicited massive pro-life protest under the direction of the Pro-Life Action League.
Ever since they opened in October of 2007, the pro-life community in the Fox Valley has maintained a peaceful, prayerful outreach at the clinic, offering hope and real options to abortion-bound mothers.
The purpose of Saturday's gathering was to encourage and revitalize those involved in sidewalk counseling and prayer ministry at Planned Parenthood and equip them with new resources to better recruit new volunteers to the effort.
Bishop Daniel Conlon calls the faithful to conduct pro-life activism with love. [Photo by Matt Yonke]
October 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the dark day when Planned Parenthood opened their first "mega-clinic" in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pro-Life Action League was there with over 150 local pro-lifers to mark the anniversary and re-commit ourselves to the ongoing fight against the facility.
Back in the summer of 2007, the League learned that a building under construction in Aurora—the same town where our Executive Director Eric Scheidler lives—was to be the site of a new abortion clinic.
Not only was there a new clinic in the works, only months from opening, but it was the first of Planned Parenthood's new mega-centers—large, regional clinics meant to replace multiple other abortion facilities in an area and consolidate their business.
Over the next several months the League directed a massive wave of public outcry against the facility with thousands coming out to pray, protest and speak to the City Council. In the end, the facility was allowed to open, but opposition to its presence in Aurora has continued steadily ever since.
Though the fall 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off yesterday nationwide, we got an early start here in Aurora, Illinois with an early opening ceremony last Saturday.
It was a beautiful morning as over 100 pro-lifers gathered on the vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood's mega-center, and Fr. Matt Lamoureux of St. Patrick Church in nearby Yorkville, Illinois opened the service in prayer.
Coordinators Kathleen Dietz and Karen Moore introduced themselves and welcomed local musician Karl Miles performed an original pro-life song.
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