Hundreds rally to stop new DC abortion facility ahead of March for Life

Lianne Laurence

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Publication Date: January 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers must be willing to pray, protest, be politically active, and ultimately to lay down their lives in order to end America’s abortion holocaust, said several speakers at a rally Thursday at the site of a future Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Planned Parenthood closed its former Washington abortion center nine months ago, Reverend Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defence Coalition and organizer of the rally, told LifeSiteNews.

But the abortion giant has since spent an estimated $6 million to buy and renovate a property on 1225 4th Street in the city’s northeast quadrant. The new abortion center is scheduled to open in May.

“On the day that this death mill is going to open, will there be anybody here? Will somebody lay their body in front of the door? Will you handcuff yourself to construction equipment?” Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society asked a crowd of over 300 on a chilly Thursday morning. “Think about what you are willing to really give up to make sure that not another single unborn child will die.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, urged pro-lifers to get politically active. “We need to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” he said. “And if somebody doesn’t know the difference between those two things, they don’t belong in public office. And if they’re in public office, they need to be kicked out.”

“And if they’re running for public office and they don’t know the difference between serving and killing, well then, they need to be defeated.”

Pavone emphasized that prayer and protest “necessarily go together” and that while “we know politics is not our salvation” Christians “need to be involved in the political arena.” Jesus “put us here and and he expects us to use that privilege of citizenship to make a change.”

David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress also spoke at the rally. Beginning in the summer of 2015, his group released a number of undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood personnel selling baby body parts, videos that arguably prompted Congress to pass a bill defunding Planned Parenthood, which President Barack Obama vetoed.

Those videos galvanized Americans to get active, noted Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and youth director for Priests for Life. Kemper related how a pastor accosted him and said, “You’re that pro-life guy? I saw those videos about Planned Parenthood and God just broke my heart that I have been apathetic, and my church has ignored the abortion holocaust.”

“Pro-life is not a noun. It must be a verb, it must be an action,” exhorted Kemper.

“I do believe that if this generation will stand up, that we can be the generation that abolishes abortion, because abortion remains legal by the permission of Christians who do nothing about it.”

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