The National Day of Prayer and Protest against Planned Parenthood will occur this weekend, with pro-lifers across the country gathering at local Planned Parenthood clinics to pray.
According to Life Site News, Planned Parenthood is bracing themselves for the impact, asking their supporters to “remain calm.”
#ProtestPP will be sponsoring prayer vigils, marches, demonstrations, and rallies for the sanctity of human life.
“We will call on our leaders in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion provider — and redirect all their federal taxpayer funding to comprehensive health centers that are not involved in abortion,” the ProtestPP website explains.
Pro-lifers have been met with violent protestors before. On February 11, Planned Parenthood supporters in Detroit became “obnoxious, vulgar, obscene and rude — indeed they acted like bullies toward those with whom they disagree,” according to a video poster. “Notice the ‘F’ word shouted out by abortion supporters in an attempt to drown out the pro-lifers peacefully praying.”
Megan Zapinski, program manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, sent out a statement encouraging supporters to stay away from the pro-life protests.
“Planned Parenthood of Michigan has non-engagement and No Counter Protest Policies, especially as it pertains to demonstrations at our health centers,” she wrote. “These demonstrations, whether in support of or opposition to Planned Parenthood, are disruptive to daily operations and intimidating for our patients.”
One pro-life leader explained that Planned Parenthood is afraid to encourage counter-protesting because they worry about the actions of their own supporters.
“They let their real concern slip in a Cosmopolitan interview: ‘All it takes one person to react to an “anti” and things can escalate very quickly.’ They know that if (when) their supporters get violent, it will reflect badly on Planned Parenthood.”
“I recommend having a designated person record video at every location,” the pro-lifer concluded.
Instead, Zapinski is suggesting PP supporters plan an “action or rally” at a “local Congressional office, asking questions at a member of Congress’ event, gathering signatures in support of Planned Parenthood, writing to members of Congress, calling a radio talk show, writing a letter to the editor, and donating money to the ucrative abortion conglomerate.”
Local pro-life protests a part of the #ProtestPP movement can be found here.