By Brenna Lewis, SFLA Staff Writer
“I’ll see you at the party later!” a young couple encourages the handful of Planned Parenthood advocates on the street corner. The party they’re referring to is a Planned Parenthood fundraiser taking place in the building behind them – a former Catholic church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Is there anyone less deserving of a party than Planned Parenthood?
You don’t have to be religious to recognize the colossal snub this locale choice is. The church in Northside started out in 1876 as St. Patrick, later re-dedicated to St. Pius X. The church served the Cincinnati community until its closing in the early 2000s. The church’s current occupant is a brewery called Urban Artifact. The actual beer hall is beneath the church, but their event space is (you guessed it) the main church and sanctuary. So Planned Parenthood spent the evening sitting where centuries of Catholics once kneeled at Mass, singing the praises of abortion from the sanctuary where dozens of priests once preached.
For one of the student attendees, this protest was very personal. Mia Walker is part of the pro-life group at Northern Kentucky University, one of the most active in the state. She notes, “When I heard about this event, it grabbed my attention particularly because of its venue. It was held in an old Catholic Church, now turned brewery – but it was the Catholic church I used to attend growing up. It was [where] I received my First Communion in, and the church that my younger siblings were baptized in. The whole situation was definitely an odd thing to comprehend.”
Also in attendance were several members of the Ohio State University Buckeyes for Life group. OSU co-sponsored the event alongside Cincinnati Right to Life. Megan Ryser and Dustin Sorensen drove the hour and a half south just for this event, despite the bleak forecast. “When I started planning this protest, I never imagined we would get so much support,” Megan says. “Seeing everyone pulling in on Saturday ready to protest made me absolutely ecstatic! And just seeing all the love from our social media followers as we sent them videos and pictures during the protest really made all the hard work worthwhile. I think we really gave Planned Parenthood a run for their money.”
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Northside is a beaten-down, dangerous neighborhood full of abandoned buildings and a general air of neglect. The evening of the fundraiser was overcast and rainy. Could there be a more suitable environment to fundraise for an organization that covers up sexual abuse, profits from human destruction, and lies about almost everything they do? We think not.
If this decades-long debate was really just about healthcare, why do pro-abortion advocates feel the need to be as disrespectfully ironic as possible? When I first heard about the event, I figured it was in an old church – somewhere you couldn’t really tell was ever a church. But no… when you pull up, that building is absolutely, 100% religious building, complete with the cross on the top spire.
Despite their recent fundraising success in the wake of a Republican administration, Planned Parenthood is desperate. They know most Americans don’t like abortion and they know they can only cover up such a sketchy business model for so long. As David Bereit (founder of 40 Days for Life) says, you can’t practice vice virtuously. The more backed into a corner they get, the wilder their tactics will be. We can expect Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion movement to continue racing down the slippery slope that is their agenda. Fortunately, the Pro-Life Generation will be there to expose them at every step of the way.
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