A pro-life group has hosted a Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion across more than 70 abortion facilities in the U.S. on Good Friday as part of its fight to put an end to abortion.
In an interview with Church Militant, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler talked about the Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion, which he said had 76 targeted locations. He said there were some events that drew thousands of people, such as a 12-hour vigil in St. Paul, Minnesota, while there were also others that only aimed to attract a few dozen.
Scheidler explained their first goal for the Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion is to pray for the unborn children, their parents, women and men living with guilt over previous abortions, officials who are tasked to intervene to end abortion, the employees at abortion facilities and the media that sometimes distort facts about the issue. They also mourn for the almost 60 million unborn whose lives have been cut short because of legal abortion.
Each life is precious to God, so Scheidler and his fellow pro-lifers also consider them precious. He said they are hoping that their prayers will awaken the public to the killing of the unborn.
For those who cannot attend the big pro-life protests and events, Scheidler calls on them to go outside the nearest abortion clinic and hold prayer gatherings. He also said they can train to be sidewalk counselors or support pro-life groups financially.
Meanwhile, the Good Friday abortion vigil outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul was met with a counter-protest by supporters of the reproductive healthcare provider. Although the two protests have been a peaceful tradition, this year is different because U.S. President Donald Trump has signed several measures allowing states to defund abortion providers, The Star Tribune reports.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota chapter executive director Sarah Stoesz said around 2,000 of their supporters showed up for the protest. Pro-Life Action Ministries executive director Brian Gibson, on the other hand, estimated that there were around 2,500 of their supporters who turned up for the Good Friday vigils.