Prolife divide

Editor’s note: The following message was sent out to pro-life advocates by the organizers of this year’s 40-Days for Life prayer vigil in Anchorage.

Our fall vigil begins! We want to have two or more of us praying outside Planned Parenthood from 7 a.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 28 through 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. According to former abortion industry workers, the no-show rate for abortion appointments goes as high as 75% when people are praying outside. Our presence and our prayers make a difference. 

Signing up: Can you commit an hour a week to pray outside Planned Parenthood during this fall vigil? Or just an hour here or there? Or, might your church, workplace, friends group, or school cover a block of hours each week? To sign up for hours, go to If you need help signing up, call Kay at 907-301-6869.

Signs: We have a lot of signs, but not near enough for every volunteer to keep one for the duration of the vigil. We need to share them, which means we need a way to get them from one volunteer to another. Any ideas? We have not found a business near Planned Parenthood that can store our signs. Please let me know if you have suggestions for sharing signs among us.

Parking: For now, we need to park on a side street and walk to the Planned Parenthood on Lake Otis. Do not park in parking lots nearby without the permission of the business owner. We are working to find a business that will allow us to park in their lot. Stay tuned.

Kickoff prayer service: Saturday Oct. 1 at 3:30 pm, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (2901 Huffman Road). See the flyer. Please share these in your church and at work or school, and share the picture via your social media. 

Our presence: When we’re outside the abortion facility, let us use body language that is peaceful, prayerful, and penitential. Stay on the public sidewalks, and pray. 

See you Saturday! Let us begin!

In Christ for the unborn.

P.S. Apparently the post-Roe prolife movement is alive and well. 40 Days for Life is in 622 cities worldwide this fall – the largest ever!  

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Pro-life advocates needed: 40-Days for Life vigil kicks off Wednesday in Anchorage