Posted by Eric Scheidler on Monday, February 18th, 2008
We had another great turnout for our monthly protest at Planned Parenthood Saturday. More than 130 people participated in the big picket line along the bike path on the south side of New York Street. Another two dozen gathered across the road from the abortuary to pray and offer help to abortion-bound mothers.
The picket line included a group from Joliet Central Catholic High School that has come out every month, and some eighth graders from St. Elizabeth Seton Grade School working on service hours for their confirmation class. Vince Jans led the picket line in chants over the bullhorn with his usual enthusiasm and charisma.
At the conclusion of the protest, my father, Joe Scheidler offered some words of encouragement, and I led the group in a final prayer, along with an exhortation to come out during the week for our ongoing clinic witness.
For four months in a row, now, we've had a great turnout for the monthly protest, despite snow and bitter cold. And with the recent filing of our zoning case, it's clear the commitment of this community to opposing Planned Parenthood remains strong on all fronts.
See more photos of the protest here.