COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group of Planned Parenthood supporters and so-called faith leaders are hosting a prayer rally today at the Ohio statehouse to entreat God’s blessing on the organization’s work, including the abortion of hundreds of thousands of children each year.
“Ohio faith leaders will culminate a week of prayer on issues that affect all Ohioans on Thursday. Join Planned Parenthood supporters and faith leaders from across Ohio at a Statehouse prayer rally,” a page on the Planned Parenthood Action website states.
The rally will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the state’s capital.
“Moral Mondays was started in North Carolina by Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, to protest that state’s failure to enact the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and other policies that were ‘morally indefensible,’ including attacks on women’s rights. Recently, Rev. Barber put out a call to spread the movement to other states with a week of actions at the end of August,” the website continues. “This week of action provided an opportunity to focus on issues relating to civil rights and social and economic justice.”
It then includes a form for visitors to acknowledge their intention to attend, stating, “I am a person of faith and I understand how my religion calls on us to protect the health care, including reproductive health, for all Ohioans.”
But not everyone is supportive of the event.
“We are greatly concerned if anyone prays against protections for unborn children in our state,” Kate McCann, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life, told reporters. “We hope that the spirit of prayer will move them to join us in protecting the innocent, and we ask Ohio and the country to pray with us for Planned Parenthood and their change of hearts regarding the value of human life.”
Today’s rally is not the first of its kind. As previously reported, approximately 50 abortion supporters are stated to have joined in a prayer gathering thanking God for abortion at the Iowa State Capitol Building last September.
Des Moines abortion activist Midge Slater helmed the prayer, which she appeared to read from a written statement.
“We give thanks, O Lord, for the doctors both current and future who provide quality abortion care,” she said. “We pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe and legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame.”
“We pray for our elected officials that they may always support a woman’s right to to make our own medical decisions,” Salter continued. “Today, we pray for better access to all forms of birth control. … We pray for increased financial support for low income women to access contraception, abortion and child care.”
Slater then began to ask God for an increase in abortion access overseas.
“Today, we pray for women in developing nations that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion,” she entreated. “We give thanks for the strong women in our lives who have given us examples of good decision making.”
“Today, we pray for the families who have chosen; may they know the blessing of choice,” Slater declared. “We give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.”
Some were shocked by the content of the “prayer,” commenting that “Any person that would celebrate the slaughter of 45 million unborn children is mind boggling.”