To the Editor:
Did you know that abortions are performed right here at Planned Parenthood in Plattsburgh? Many people are not aware that this is taking place, thinking abortion is something that happens someplace else. But it’s happening here.
From Feb. 22 through April 1, local Christians will take part in 40 Days for Life, an innovative pro-life project that consists of prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. At its center, 40 Days for Life asks all people of good will to pray and fast for an end to abortion.
The Plattsburgh office is one of hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities across the United States. Nationally, according to its own annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in its most recent fiscal year. This organization claims to help women, and prevent abortions. This is clearly not the case.
40 Days for Life’s presence outside Planned Parenthood is a prayer vigil. We see abortion as a spiritual challenge, not a political one. It may be portrayed as a protest or a demonstration, but that is not the case. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful outreach.
In other communities, 40 Days for Life campaigns have increased awareness and led to a significant decline in the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood. The prayerful presence has also helped a number of Planned Parenthood employees leave the abortion industry.
We pray that will be the case here in Plattsburgh as well.
Learn how to get involved by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/plattsburgh.
Nancy Belzile, Willsboro
Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life, Plattsburgh