Humboldt County Clergy for Choice, part of a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Eureka, California is countering the 40 Days of Prayer for Life Campaign with a 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion Campaign. The so-called spiritual group, (listed right beneath an advertisement on the Planned Parenthood website for the “Sexytime Karaoke Contest”), consists of clergy members who signed a statement saying that they “accept that religions differ about when life begins, and we believe that no single religious view on this subject should be forced upon others” and “Spiritual liberty is free of coercion,” as if the belief that abortion is murder would not compel a person, religious or not, to do what he or she could do to stop it.
The 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion has a flyer that discusses what they will be praying for each day. For example, on Day 8, “Today we pray for elected officials, that they may always support a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions” and Day 14, “Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women” or Day 17, “Today we pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion, and childcare” or Day 25, “Today we pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their religion. May they learn to reject fear and live bravely” or Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.
Perhaps instead of praying for increased financial support or “for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their religion,” they should pray for less abortions? Perhaps they should pray that women will not seek out abortions? It is sickening. Not once in their 40 days do they acknowledge that less abortion would be the preference.
Some of the local “churches” participating in the pro-abortion prayer event include: Temple Beth El in Eureka, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside, St. Francis in Fortuna, Old Town Gazebo in Eureka, and Arcata United Methodist, as reported by LifeNews.
The “Clergy for Choice,” whose statement also said, “This issue raises an important question: Where does religious freedom end and religious tyranny begin?” do not seem to be very respectful of that which they supposedly believe.
They are making a mockery of life and of women.