We continue our 40 Days for Life preview series. The second vigil site is no stranger to every pro-lifer in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Philadelphia Women’s Center, which sits five floors above a daycare, accounts for 6500 murders a year. 90% of the victims are African-American.
In its 11th campaign, pro-lifers have stepped up their game. They overcame jeers from Heather, the security guard, one escort named Shawn resorted to violence last year against an elderly pro-lifer, but it got him into hot water and told to never return. They even overcame scare tactics from Lynne Molter, professor at Swarthmore University, who videotapes pro-lifers being peacefully present. In the end, pro-lifers have persevered from time to time.
The hour of operations are from Tuesdays to Saturday from 7 AM to 4PM. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
You could be one of the faithful warriors standing outside of Planned Parenthood either praying, sidewalk advocating, or just being present.
As pro-lifers gear up for another 40 Days for Life campaign, Voices4Life takes this time to preview what to expect as we prepare for the Lenten Campaign outside of Planned Parenthood in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, filled with darkness and hatred from those who claim that “#lovewins, #noplaceforhate, and my favorite #blacklivesmatter when a majority of the abortions are perpetrated on black unborn lives. Love will win when we offer compassion, love, and mercy to women in their hour of great need.Pro-lifers in the greater Philadelphia area are encouraged to make a Lenten sacrifice by giving the pro-life movement an hour or more of their time to save lives. The Lenten campaign runs from Wednesday, March 2nd, and ends on April 9th.
The 40 Days for Life Campaign will be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City Philadelphia for the 16th time.
During the previous campaigns, there has been much growth, many saves, and even many encounters. The main reason is because of faithful warriors stepping into the breach, whether old, young, retired, young professional, or even a student in the pursuit of knowledge gave an hour or more to help turn the tide of the abortion battle on the streets with prayer, fasting, and alms.
You too can make a difference. You are encouraged to take an hour or so during this Lenten campaign. Bring a friend or two with you.
Visit 40daysforlife.com/philadelphia to pick your hours now.
The hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM
If John Stanton were alive today, he would love to have stepped out in the bitter, winter cold, all bundled up, ready to save babies and prick the conscience of the workers and volunteers alike. He did it through every element. Whether he was alone or with a group, he carried a smile and a humble demeanor to every person that he would encounter.
His presence was felt this morning with 75 people stronger from all walks of life. The rally began with a rosary led by Martin Stanton.
Kim Savage of Generation Life shared about how on September 11th, she was scared about going to work when the world stood still when the events were unfolding in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. She pointed to the fact that Planned Parenthood was offering abortions to the widows of the fallen first responders. Mr. Stanton told her, “We have work to do”. Indeed, she did go to work.
Pastor Bill Devlin shared how John Stanton prayed for his son Luke who had cancer at 18 months. His fervent prayer cured him, yet he continued to pray for him for the rest of his life.
Marlene Downing took the time to promote Susan B Anthony List. Correlating how she kept fighting this one girl in her neighborhood growing up Marlene shared how we are in a constant spiritual battle. God told her that “I’ll teach you to pray first”.
After the prayer vigil, everyone gathered for Mass that was celebrated by John Stanton’s longtime friend Father Rayford Emmons. Fr. Emmons shared about his many encounters with John Stanton, especially how he met him through an encounter when talking with a woman who had two suicide attempts, which propelled John to launch the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
Pat shared about how his father and several faithful prayed outside of Gosnell’s House of Horrors for many years. Additionally, he would fervently pray outside of two abortion facilities in Center City. He recalled the saves they had during his time out there through a letter Pat read after Mass.
Many of us have a story about John Stanton. Soon, each one will be told. He will also remain a powerful intercessor in heaven for all of your needs.
The following is from Tom Stevens, President of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia
Please join us Saturday, February 5th, on the 8th Anniversary of the passing of the Pro-Life Union founder, John P. Stanton, for a Prayer Vigil and Memorial Mass. The 8:00 am Prayer Vigil will be held at the Philadelphia Women’s Center (the largest abortion center in PA), 777 Appletree St., Philadelphia, followed by a 9:30 am Memorial Mass in remembrance of John Stanton at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 915 Vine Street. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Rayford E. Emmons.
John Stanton’s leadership since before Roe v. Wade built the pro-life movement in the Philadelphia area. To be inspired and learn about John Stanton, take a moment to watch the engaging tribute video here: https://youtu.be/PPeAD8fLSFc
Respect Life Memorial Prayer Vigil and Mass
8:00 am — Prayer Vigil 777 Appletree St., Philadelphia
9:30 am — Memorial Mass in remembrance of John P. Stanton Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 915 Vine St. Philadelphia