North Carolinians will join pro-life Americans across the country in bringing attention to the horrors of abortion with a National Day of Protest on August 22. Protests are being arranged in over 260 cities, including at least seven in North Carolina (Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem). The #PPSellsBabyParts National Day of Protest, organized by ProtestPP, will take place this Saturday, August 22 from 9-11 a.m. local time, unless otherwise noted, in participating cities to bring attention to Planned Parenthood’s “harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts.” If you’d like to organize a protest in your city, use the sign-up form at the ProtestPP website and access organizer resources, including example signs, press releases, talking points, and flyers.
“As if Planned Parenthood’s more than 40-year history of snuffing out the most innocent human lives was not tragedy enough, the recent undercover videos exposing the organization’s callous approach to selling the body parts of aborted unborn children for scientific experimentation further highlights the pro-abortion industry’s complete disregard for the inherent sanctity of human life,” said NC Family president John L. Rustin. “We encourage all North Carolinians to join in prayer and in peaceful protest against the continuing scourge of abortion in our nation and in the hope of restoring a sense of dignity, respect and love for all human life.”
ProtestPP is a coalition of more than 50 pro-life groups hoping “to raise awareness of the heartless… activities of Planned Parenthood by going to where the killing and harvesting of body parts from aborted children takes place.” The National Day of Protest is an effort to raise the profile of local pro-life protest groups through increased media, community, and activist awareness. Created Equal, Citizens For a Pro-Life Society, Pro-life Action League, and 40 Days for Life are the primary sponsors for the event. Co-sponsors include the Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, Family Research Council, Live Action, March for Life, Operation Rescue, Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, STOPP International, the Susan B. Anthony List, and many more.
The National Day of Protest comes just one week after the Catholic Pro-Life Action Network of Charlotte organized a 400-person protest outside of a Charlotte abortion clinic. Catholic priests, deacons, and seminarians joined rally-goers in a litany of prayers and hymns on the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was famously executed by the Nazis at Auschwitz after offering himself as a martyr in the place of a fellow prisoner who was a husband and father.