By Tom Quiner
The onslaught of prayers is rocking the very foundations of Planned Parenthood.
Around the world, men, women, and children of faith show up at abortion clinics. They hold signs. They respectfully pray. They stand tall for the rights and dignity of the preborn. Even more, they pray for the people who perform the abortions and work in the clinics.
These people are part of a devastating movement called 40 Days for Life, devastating because of the impact the movement is having on Planned Parenthood.
Unlike the typical protest, this one is all about love. Participants respect the sanctity of life. They exhibit genuine concern for the workers in these clinics, because they know how many will someday regret what they have done.
Out of nothing but love, they stand in the cold and pray for God to reach out and touch hearts and save lives.
As I recently wrote [“A beautiful morning praying at Planned Parenthood in the rain”], I prayed outside of Planned Parenthood on a cold, rainy morning. The faithful are doing it around the state. We’re coming down the wire on this Spring’s 40 days, and this is when things really start to happen.
Planned Parenthood has already closed two clinics here in Iowa. Now they’re cutting back hours in others says Jim, a 40 Days for Life coordinator in Cedar Rapids:
“Across Iowa, we’ve seen great results this spring. The Planned Parenthood abortion facility here quietly reduced their hours by 25 percent, which included remaining closed on Thursdays, after being open at least five days a week for many years.”
When Thursday came, many clients encountered locked doors. They eventually saw the sign.”
This is happening across the state, as some half of Planned Parenthood clinics have scaled back their hours:
“Those closures cut over 45 more hours from their statewide hours. This makes standing in the colder-than-usual weather worth it.”
In Sioux City, Planned Parenthood’s clinic cut back by 10 hours per week where 40 Days for Life held prayer vigils:
“They also discontinued surgical abortions, due to the lack of an abortionist. Medical abortions, likely via webcam, are still listed.”
They cut back hours in their Red Oak facility, too.
“When God gets involved, the one thing you can count on is that He will keep changing the reason for closures and scaling back of hours. He doesn’t tend to use the same method twice in a row. It will cause the collapse of the abortion industry.”
Yes, Planned Parenthood is under a withering attack. It doesn’t come from angry gestures or profanity or violence. The attack comes in the form dignified, loving prayers from regular folks who believe in the dignity of human life.