More than 100 people on Saturday morning gathered outside Planned Parenthood in Denver to pray, to share updates on pro-life efforts, and to participate in the national #ProtestPP event that seeks the government defunding of the largest abortion provider in the nation.
“Today, in over 220 cities across our nation, concerned citizens have come together in response to the revelation, and actual video footage, showing clearly that Planned Parenthood has been involved in the illicit trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts,” said Lynn Grandon, head of the Respect Life Denver in the Archdiocese of Denver.
Grandon referenced a recent article in The Federalist, preceded by this summary, “The market for aborted baby parts is significant, growing, and operating in violation of federal law, witnesses testified at a House hearing,” referring to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.
“If we are to effectively confront and expose evil, we must develop and demonstrate Godly character,” said Grandon. “And God himself is love.”
Brad Maddock encouraged those in attendance to join the Savers of Souls effort to surround Planned Parenthood in prayer every hour that it is open.
“We’ve got just under 500 missionaries right now,” said Maddock. “Our goal is to have about 2,000 missionaries to take an hour a month.”
Lauren Martinez, regional director for Students for Life America, said her activism in the pro-life movement began when she heard at March for Life in Washington, D.C, that one of every four lives in her generation had been lost to abortion.
“Those could be our siblings, our family members, our neighbors, our peers,” said Martinez. “I always tell high school students: think about when you’re in an all-school assembly. If one of every four students stood up and walked out, that’s what abortion looks like.”
— Respect Life Denver (@LifeRockyMTNS) April 23, 2016
Others speakers during the event were Deacon Peter Wojda from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary; Jen Boryla, a volunteer coordinator for Lighthouse Women’s Center and Real Choices; Dr. Linda Montagna of Regina Caeli Clinical Services; members of Team Samaritan House, who will be on the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour in June; Susan Sutherland of Colorado Right to Life; Sarah Zagorski, policy director of Colorado Family Action; and Morgan Rosand, program coordinator to the Respect Life Denver.