Respect Life Office Statements on the Midtown KC Planned Parenthood
Friday, September 22. 2017
Thank you for your prayers this week! As long as even one defenseless unborn child is violently robbed of his or her God-given gift of life, we can never truly rejoice.
However, as our Blessed Mother set aside her own fears at her time of uncertainty during an unplanned pregnancy, hope and joy have firmly taken root where the seeds of evil were thought to have been sown this week because at least eight brave mothers and a team of brave prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors came together, set aside their fears and said, “Thy will be done”.
We have now received the inestimable blessing, unworthy though we are, of once again sharing in His unfailing grace and mercy by being that same witness this coming Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.
Given the apparent scramble of PP employees late yesterday, it is possible that after the unanticipated outcomes of this week, activities and hours may be shifted next week. However, with a mandated 24-hour pre-consultation, a mandated 72-hour waiting period and the need to separate abortions from all other activities due to Title X funding requirements, there are not many alternatives unless PP chooses to work weekends or to extend the time frames between appointments beyond what is legally required.
Therefore, if you are available, please prayerfully consider spending an hour or two in silent prayer on the sidewalk at 1001 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. in Midtown KC starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Wednesday, September 20. 2017
Thank you to everyone who came out to pray on the sidewalk at the Midtown KC PP Monday and to everyone throughout the diocese who “showered” us with prayers. [Attached] is a wonderful summary from our partners in Columbia who left home at 4:30 a.m. Monday to join us.
Please prayerfully consider organizing a small group to spend an hour or two in silent prayer during the next month at the Midtown KC location. You can contact the Respect Life Office or Wendy Curtis with KC Coalition for Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to schedule someone to be present with your group on the sidewalk.
The decision by Planned Parenthood to begin performing abortions at its Midtown KC location
Monday, September 11. 2017
Greetings, Faithful Defenders
The Respect Life Office is working with KC Coalition for Life and other local pro-life leaders to sponsor the upcoming 40 Days for Life Campaign, September 27 – November 5. Please prayerfully consider whether the Holy Spirit is calling you and your parish ministry or organization to be a witness in this very special way. By now, you have likely also heard about one or both of the cases below in our area. This is a quick update as we assess the possibility of expanding the 40 Days for Life Campaign sidewalk presence.
Of course, we understand that each is a manifestation of the same evil but the situation with Planned Parenthood is receiving most of the attention.
As disappointing as it is, the most recent developments are not a surprise to most people who have been following the issue in Missouri over the summer. The Respect Life Office has been working directly with Missouri Catholic Conference and with pro-life and sidewalk counseling organizations throughout the state and in the Archdiocese of KCK to make sure everyone is prepared and has the most current and most accurate information. We are also working with representatives from state and local legislators’ offices where appropriate and we have recently had the opportunity to work with local media to make sure the Church’s position is being presented accurately as everything unfolds.
With the sweeping pro-life laws that will be taking effect in our state at the end of October, thanks to you, it is no surprise PP is now racing to open as many locations as possible in Missouri as quickly as possible in order to demonstrate maximum hardship once the laws take effect. As would also be expected, there is a great deal of legislative posturing going on behind the scenes but please understand that ending abortion in Missouri remains a top priority of not only our Governor, but also our Secretary of State, so this is definitely not the final word.
In court, one of the biggest legal challenges will probably result from reconciling Missouri’s 24-hour physician consultation period with the 72-hour waiting period since most abortionists come in from out of town and are used to seeing patients for only15 minutes or so on the day of the procedure. This is not an issue for any other scheduled medical procedure, but then again, abortion is not healthcare.
To understand that the new laws are absolutely reasonable and are intended to protect the lives of both mother and child, one need look no further than St. Louis where there have been no fewer than 67 ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood since 2009 and the fact that no hospital in our own area is currently willing to grant admitting privileges to “transient” abortionists.
Please keep everyone involved in this fight in your prayers as you discern whether you are being called to sign up for one or more time slots during the Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign.