Petitions opposing an abortion clinic in Auburn Hills are quickly and quietly being circulated at area churches and throughout the communities of Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Pontiac, Rochester and Rochester Hills as citizens learn that Planned Parenthood has purchased property nearby on Opdyke Road.
‘People need to know this is our backyard, and it’s being attacked especially the young people of Pontiac, Oakland University, and all of Oakland County.’ Says Mark Joyce, one of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills.
Calling it our own personal Cuban Missile Crisis, attorney Rebecca Kiessling agrees that it is time to sound the alarm. ‘This threat is in our backyard and aimed at our area. It is the worst thing to happen in our community.’
Monica Miller, president of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society whose group is leading the charge says that ‘…we must work together to stop this clinic from opening its doors. We need to tell our city leaders and businesses that we do not want an abortion clinic in our neighborhood!’
‘This is a community that offers support for pregnant women,’ says Evelyn Van Sloten of Crossroads Pregnancy Center. The CPC helped 197 women last year to change their minds about having an abortion. In addition to pregnancy testing, counseling, adoption referral and supplying clothes and equipment for newborns and their mothers, they teach the benefits of abstinence to students in grades 7 – 12 as the healthy pre-requisite for healthy marriages.
‘People need to be informed,’ says Paula Paetkau of St. Mary’s. ‘Some people are deceived and say that abortion is a good thing but that is a lie. That is not what God’s Word says. Some people are afraid it will be bad for the area and bad for businesses and that is true. But even worse than that, there is the moral issue. It (abortion) is completely wrong! Making it so easily accessible to our community is a terrible thing because lives will be lost. We have to educate people and we have to spread awareness. Most people are totally against an abortion clinic opening up here!’
Those who are opposed to the opening of the clinic are being urged to sign the petition which can be done on-line on the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society website.
Voice your opposition by e-mailing your city council members and learn more about Planned Parenthood, their agenda and how they are growing rich off of taxpayer-funded abortions.
Finally, ‘We need your prayers!’ says Miller. ‘Everyone should be praying daily and fervently that this abortion clinic will not open! Pray to stop the killing. Pray for the vulnerable women, the abandoned and lonely unborn child who wants to live. Pray that funds will be cut to Planned Parenthood…’
Karen Schenk from RTL/Lifespan agrees. ‘Prayer is so important, even to open the hearts of those who already are pro-life; they need to take some action as well. Now is the time!’