Alabama pro-lifers have been actively praying and witnessing at the building site of a new Birmingham Planned Parenthood facility over the course of the past year. Now, it looks like their efforts may have been successful at keeping that Planned Parenthood from opening.
Students for Life of America recently sent out a press release in which it praised many of its student activists for their role in delaying the opening of the new state-of-the-art facility. “Numerous pro-life students have volunteered their time and energy to stop the new abortion facility from opening up in their community. They have been actively involved in praying outside the construction site, speaking at city council meetings, reaching out to construction workers, and petitioning on campus,” said Katie Lodjic, the National Field Director for Students for Life Action.
The SFLA students joined with others in the pro-life community to work hard throughout 2019, praying and holding vigil outside of the construction site. The groups also took a proactive approach, contacting local construction companies that might have a role in building the new facility.
Their hard work was met with success. Thanks to the witness of the pro-life groups, a construction worker decided to stop working on the project after he learned that the site was destined to be an abortion facility. The pro-lifers were then able to persuade a local construction company to refuse to provide asphalt for the project. Birmingham-based CEC for Life wrote of this victory in a blog post: “We received word today that Dunn Construction, one of only three local providers for asphalt, REFUSED to bid on paving Planned Parenthood’s parking lot! AND, they went even further for life by also refusing to provide asphalt to any smaller companies who might take the job and need to purchase the asphalt from their factory. Praise God!! And many thanks to Dunn for standing for babies in the womb!”
According to SFLA, the facility was originally supposed to open in November. While there is still a chance that it could open in the future, the current delay demonstrates how important a powerful and prayerful pro-life witness can be.