40 Days of Life plants themselves in front of Stapleton Planned Parenthood

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Posted Wed, Mar 13, 2013

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CANDLES IN THE WIND: 40 Days of Life held a candlelight vigil outside of Stapleton’s Planned Parenthood building. [Photo by J.R. Johnson]


DENVER – David Bereit, the national director of the organization “40 Days of Life,” hosted a prayer vigil outside the Stapleton Planned Parenthood on March 6 to promote the organizations goal of ending abortion.

At 6:30 p.m. members and supporters gathered across the street from the Planned Parenthood building to hold a candlelight vigil. Bereit was greeted by the local faction outside the closed gates of the building as the sun disappeared behind the building.

“Dear Lord, through the prayers of your faithful people, we ask you to touch hearts, to change minds in this critical issue, to reach those in a time of crisis, to choose life instead of succumbing to the sales pitch of abortion in Planned Parenthood,” Bereit said

The faith inspired group is nationally based, and even has some groups sprouting across the world, with the same goal of closing facilities that oppose the pro-choice perspective.

“Your people are rising up and are willing to put their faith into action, and are willing to do something to be a solution to the crisis that exist at Planned Parenthood and abortion facilities across the nation,” Bereit said.

Since Feb. 13, members of the Denver chapter have established themselves around the facility stationed at 7155 E 38th Ave. A total of 40 days of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach is what the Pro-Life group has committed themselves during the time of their demonstration outside of the building.

“40 Days for Life is not a protest,” said Rosalinda Lozano, a coordinator for Denver’s 40 Days of Life. “Our focus is always prayer and fasting for the end to abortion. We are not confrontational and always want to give witness through our peaceful and prayerful presence.”

40 Days for Life plan on continuing their demonstration until March 24th..

“We are praying that, with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city and throughout America,” Lozano said.

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GUIDING LIGHT: The faith inspired group is nationally based. [Photo by Tiffani Johnson]

But if a Planned Parenthood facility shuts down would the prevention of abortion be the only thing the group would achieve? Or would it demolish a lot more than that?

“This national campaign and protest aims to marginalize the many patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood,” says Monica McCafferty, a spokesperson for Denver situated Planned Parenthood. “The overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood’s services focus on prevention. More than 93 percent of the care we provide at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is preventive—including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.”

The ripples of the efforts taken by the Pro-Life group are not well received the same way by individuals who share an opposite opinion. The organization stands by and supports anyone who seeks their services as much as they can, no matter which form of aid it may be.

“Planned Parenthood believes that women should be able to get health care without fear of violence, harassment or intimidation,” McCafferty said. “We also believe that a woman should have accurate information about all of her pregnancy options. Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being,”

No matter which side of the fence (literally) you choose to agree with, the final say is not with either of them.

“Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider,” McCafferty said. “On the issue of abortion, it is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman. No one can make that decision for someone else.”

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC), the self-described “political advocacy arm” of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, has stepped up to show their encouragement as well there is a different reception of the Pro-Life groups’ exercises.

The independent organization that shares the same building as Planned Parenthood stated on their website, “Five days a week patients and staff at many of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ health centers are forced to walk through a gathering of protesters on their way to either access or provide reproductive and sexual health care.”

In response to the actions that the group has taken, Planned Parenthood has been reassured by assistance in another form from its fellow Pro-Choice advocate. PPVC is asking for pledges from individuals who want to protect their goals as much as they do.

“For every pledge we get, PPVC staff will hang a ribbon outside of the Stapleton Health Center as a visual for the protestors to see just how much support our patients and staff have,” PPVC states. “We need your support to take a stand against their attempts to intimidate and intrude upon our patients, our staff, and our rights.”

About J.R. Johnson

J.R. is a student at the Metro State University of Denver pursuing his degree in journalism and communications.

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9 Responses to “40 Days of Life plants themselves in front of Stapleton Planned Parenthood”

  1. Davy Says:

    Very interesting story. Good job reporting.

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  2. RosalindaL Says:

    Gerald, you did a good job on this article.

    However, I would like to clarify that when Planned Parenthood and any/all abortion clinics shuts down and killing babies through abortion is illegal, it will not be the end of services for men and women. There are County Health Departments all over the city of Denver and around the U.S. Who have served women and men since forever. They provide all the services needed and all for FREE. PP is not the only game in town. People will continue to have services, they just won’t be forced or coerced into killing their babies.

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  3. David Bereit Says:

    Gerald, congratulations for tackling such a difficult and divisive issue. With more than 11,500 children dying from abortion each year in Colorado — mostly at Planned Parenthood facilities — and thousands of women being harmed, emotions can run very high. Thanks for taking the time to talk with both sides and report, not try to sway opinion. Wish you much continued success in your journalistic pursuits!

    David Bereit
    National Director
    40 Days for Life
    http://www.40daysforlife.com

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  4. Jen Sasser Says:

    Good reporting on a hot topic!!! Great job!

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  5. S.L. Alderton Says:

    Kudos to you for taking on this topic! You did a good job of talking to both sides and not automatically condemning either. I think I’m going to go look up 40 Days for Life now. 🙂

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  6. Stephanie V. Coleman Says:

    Good job tackling a controversial topic. Great reporting and quotes.

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  7. Emily Pennetti Says:

    Great! You did a great job showing both sides and sounds like you had a hard time getting your story but did great at putting it all together.

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