Candlelight pro-life vigil planned for April 14

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Updated: 1:55 pm

A candlelight/balloon light vigil is set for Sunday, April 14, from 6-7 p.m. outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 933 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The vigil is one of more than 125 taking place outside abortion centers across the United States, inspired by the recently released movie “Unplanned.”

“Unplanned” tells the story of Abby Johnson, who left her position as manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas after participating in an ultrasound-guided abortion and became a nationally known pro-life advocate. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing more than 36 percent 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 Tim Barr with 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh.

“Our community — along with others across the country — is responding to the pain and suffering of abortion by turning to prayer.”

The candlelight/balloon light vigil in Pittsburgh will feature pro-life advocates offering hymns and prayers, as well as reflections from Benedictine Father Thomas More Sikora. It also marks the end of the 40 Days for Life vigil in which prayer warriors have been outside the abortion center from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day for 40 days. More than 80 churches in the area participated.

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, which are joined by a coalition of more than 75 local, state and national pro-life groups. Hundreds of #DefundPP rallies organized by #ProtestPP in 2017 and 2018 were instrumental in prompting the Trump administration to impose new rules barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X funds from the federal government.

For information, contact Barr at 412-417-7822, timbarr5480@gmail.com, or Jeannie French, 412-216-5169, jwpgh@msn.com.

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