A Texas-based antiabortion group has announced plans to take over a space formerly occupied by Planned Parenthood, which was forced to shut down three clinics across the state last year in the face of massive funding cuts for reproductive healthcare and family planning. On Thursday, 40 Days for Life, which organizes 40-day-long protests outside abortion clinics across the country, shared details regarding its new worldwide headquarters -- a space that came to them through an act of God, according to a press release from the group's organizers:
"This news shows what God can accomplish when His people pray," said Shawn Carney, campaign director of 40 Days for Life. "More than 6,400 children lost their lives in this building, but God is making 'all things new.' What was once a place of death and despair is now going to be a place of life and hope. We are excited to start using this location to aid the rapid worldwide growth of 40 Days for Life, and to help other cities become abortion-free." [...]
Short-term plans include a memorial service for the children lost to abortion inside the building, and tearing down the tall, black iron fence surrounding the property as part of renovations. [...]
40 Days for Life launched in 2004. Over the last decade, 40 Days for Life has spread to 559 cities across all 50 American states and 27 nations, involving more than 625,000 volunteers.
The group also plans to open a pregnancy resource center at the new site in affiliation with CareNet, a network of so-called "crisis pregnancy centers." CPCs are notorious for relying on manipulative tactics to coerce pregnant women not to get abortions, often presenting themselves as abortion clinics while offering no medical services. While 40 Days for Life also announced hopes to expand its offering of medical services for local residents of Bryan/College Station by providing STI testing, it has not stated whether it will offer the annual Well-Woman exams, cervical cancer screenings and birth control options available at Planned Parenthood.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)