In advance of the September 7th hearing regarding litigation for the property at 1625 N. Opdyke Road, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Central Oakland Right to Life groups are sponsoring a candlelight prayer vigil Saturday, August 27 beginning at 8:00 pm.
Planned Parenthood has been stopped in their efforts to open an abortion clinic on the land they purchased on Opdyke in Auburn Hills back in November 2010 by a deed restriction. Now Planned Parenthood is suing the property owners. The matter is being litigated in Oakland County Circuit Court, September 7th, 8:30 am before Judge Richard Alexander. According to Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, ‘It is vitally important for everyone to come together and pray that Planned Parenthood be unable to open its mega-abortion center’.
All area churches are urged to unite in prayer at the vigil that will include clergy-led community and private prayer, hymns and a spiritual talk given by guest speaker, Joseph Scheidler, Founder and National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, based in Chicago, Illinois. The programs of the Pro-Life Action League have closed eight abortion clinics in Chicago alone and nearly a hundred across the United States.
Joe Scheidler is perhaps the most famous and highly regarded pro-life activist in the country. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he studied 8 years in the seminary and was a Benedictine monk before he married his wife, Ann. Scheidler is no stranger to litigation. For over twenty years, he engaged in court battles against attacks and lawsuits from NOW (National Organization for Women) which took him to the Supreme Court where he emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
Scheidler is firmly committed to the pro-life cause through faith in God. ‘God’s plan is people,’ he says. ‘In all the universe there is only one place where we find people … a human being, one embryo or fetus is more marvelous than anything else in the entire universe!’
Drawing on the spirit of the rule summing up the Benedictine Confederation’s motto: ‘pax’ (peace) and ‘ora et labora’ (pray and work), Scheidler finds balance and order. According to Scheidler, praying outside abortion clinics is only the first step in becoming directly involved fighting abortion. ‘Prayer alone is not enough!’ he says. ‘We pray for God’s grace and we pray for courage. We pray so we know what to do.’
‘Abortion is the cutting up of an innocent human being. It is unjust, it is intrinsically evil, it is murder! When we are upset enough about having our own posterity killed off we will fight! We need to write letters, talk to people and educate them’, says Scheidler.
When asked about what he sees in the society today, Scheidler is positive. ‘People are seeing that the economic disasters are a part of the breakdown of morality and they are being moved and stirred to speak out. We still live in a land of freedom with our 1st Amendment rights. We have the ultimate upper hand. We have God on our side.’
Regarding the prayer vigil, Scheidler wants to encourage believers to attend. ‘If you have faith then you need to spread it. You need to come out and pray because if we are not in touch with God, we are going nowhere and the movement will not succeed without the help of God.’
Candlelight Prayer Vigil
1625 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills
Saturday, August 27 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Parking and shuttle are available at Heritage Baptist Church at 2592 Pontiac Road (1 mile North of site and west off of Opdyke)
Joseph Scheidler is the author of, CLOSED: The Pro-Life Activists’ Manual, that includes sidewalk counseling, demonstrations, working with the media and researching lawsuits against abortionists. He has also produced No Greater Joy, a training video on sidewalk counseling. His videos featuring former abortion providers, Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: the Inside Story, expose the abortion business from those who worked in the clinics.