AURORA - On Good Friday, the day Christians observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Illinoisans will gather outside the Aurora Planned Parenthood abortion center to recognize the unborn children who have been aborted at the facility.
Ever since the massive abortion facility opened in 2007, community members have used peaceful means to try and force America's largest abortion provider to leave the large suburban community west of Chicago.
"Thousands of unborn babies have been put to death by abortion at the intersection of New York and Oakhurst since Planned Parenthood opened its doors in Aurora," declared Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "For six years, we have gathered there on Good Friday to mourn for these children and pray that their brothers and sisters will be spared. This annual event has proved so impactful that last year I invited pro-life groups across the country to join us with their own prayer vigils." At forty abortion clinics across the country -- in cities like Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Denver, Nashville, Milwaukee and Tucson -- clergy will lead solemn prayer services this year, a 40% increase over last year.
Christians of all denominations have been invited to participate in the ecumenical prayer service:
WHERE: Aurora Planned Parenthood, 3051 East New York Street, Aurora - MAP: goo.gl/vFQyA0
WHEN: Good Friday, April 18, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m.
WHAT: Prayers will be offered for all the victims of abortion: the children lost, the mothers wounded, as well as for elected officials supportive of abortion and people working in
the abortion industry.
WHO: Pro-Life Action League, Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and other concerned citizens.
"Through His Holy Passion, Our Lord united Himself with all the victims of suffering in this life," remarked Scheidler, adding that, "None suffer more innocently than children in the womb whose lives are taken by abortion. None suffer more deeply than their mothers, carrying a heavy burden of guilt and shame."
More information about "The Way of the Cross" is available here.