Friday, October 22, 2010- Pasadena, CA – Members of the Providence Students for Life (SFL) club met in front of Planned Parenthood’s Pasadena Center off of Lake Ave. and Belvidere St. to pray and reach out to women seeking the organization’s services. Approximately ten Providence students stood in the drizzling rain holding signs that explained what abortion does as they sought to refer women to a local crisis pregnancy center, Living Well Pregnancy Center.
The event began at 8:30 a.m. and was relatively quiet and peaceful. At least two women, and possibly a third, decided not to keep their appointments for testing that morning and took information about the local pregnancy center. Candace Janzen, a member of SFL had an opportunity to speak with one of these women. “Even if they weren’t thinking about an abortion, they were still financially supporting a place that does abortions,” Janzen said.
According to their website, Planned Parenthood is a nation wide organization that provides “broad public access to family planning and reproductive health care through medical services.” These services include medical abortions.
About 45 minutes before the group ended their outreach, a local police officer showed up and informed the group that Planned Parenthood had called them about the gathering. However, the officer knew that the group had a first amendment right of freedom of speech and once he saw that they were peacefully assembled, he left shortly after arriving. According to the SFL club member, Evelyn Vane, “he knew his role.” A reporter for the Pasadena Star, a local newspaper, also stopped by to report on the event and informed Vane that he intended to write an article on the event for the paper. The article can be read here.
When asked about this particular event, Vane stated that the main purpose was “to raise awareness and to show women there are other options than abortion.” Janzen added, “[The public] needs to know the horrible truth of what’s going on inside these buildings all over the country.”
Begun in Spring of 2010, Providence Students for Life is dedicated to actively standing in the gap for the preborn, as opposed to simply hosting meetings and fundraisers. They have done this by visiting many, local abortion clinics. The group also hopes to branch out into other types of events, such as holding educational demonstrations at local, public colleges and high schools. The group began with eight members in the spring and has since doubled in size.