On Tuesday, May 31, pro-life Alaskans will hold an unprecedented celebration outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Soldotna, where workers at the longtime abortion company will close the doors for good at 5 p.m.
One hour before the clinic shutters pro-lifers will begin praying and giving thanks to God at 4 p.m. for what they hope is the first of many Planned Parenthood closures in Alaska. At 6 p.m. the party will move down the street to Farnsworth Park for a hamburger and hotdog cookout. Attendees are invited to bring a favorite side dish to share.
On-street parking is available but limited near Planned Parenthood, and attendees are encouraged to park at Farnsworth Park and walk the half mile to the abortion clinic. Participants can also park at the Soldotna Church of God (105 W. Redoubt Ave), which is one block from the abortion clinic.
The event is being organized by Alaska Right to Life, which has joined with scores of pro-life advocates for many years of sidewalk counseling, prayers and protests during the abortion clinic’s three decades of operation.
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“And former Planned Parenthood workers tell us that every time a pregnant mother approaches an abortion facility, the presence of pro-life advocates outside causes the no-show rate to go up by as much as 70%,” Alaska Right to Life Director Pat Martin said in a May 30 email. “And no business can survive year after year of no-shows like this Soldotna Planned Parenthood has!”
With the closing of the Soldotna clinic, Planned Parenthood is down to just three Alaska clinics in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
Those attending the celebration are asked to bring pro-life signs to mark the end of the city’s brick and mortar abortion clinic.
— The Planned Parenthood clinic is located at 130 E. Redoubt Avenue.
— Farnsworth Park is located at 148 S. Birch Street.