Church-goers in robes who pray outside of planned parenthood spark criticism
An online viral video captured scenes outside a planned parenting location in New York when a congregation lined up to pray.
The video shared by TikTok user @boweryboi was posted yesterday and received over 200,000 views, many of which were confused.
“Take a walk in the East Village today,” he wrote on the screen. “Boom,” he said as he zoomed in on an entire parish. The group was all dressed in robes, one of which was holding a large cross over his head and showing a painting of the Virgin Mary. It is unclear which church the group belonged to.
The people were lined up and some had bowed their heads and appeared to be praying in the direction of the Planned Parenthood building. A man was talking on a walkie-talkie.
Although the video didn’t specify what church members were doing, anti-abortion protests outside of Planned Parenthood are commonplace.
“I wish they would use this energy to advocate access to affordable daycare [and] other help, but not just access to health care for women, “commented one user.
For most viewers, the topic ran deeper than the abortion debate here, but also that many who attend Planned Parenthood do so for a variety of other reasons. Planned Parenthood also offers affordable birth control and STI testing, while abortions are only performed in some locations.
“The gag is that most of us don’t go to Planned Parenthood for anything to do with what we protest,” wrote one user.
“People really don’t understand the purpose of Planned Parenthood. Most of the services they offer have nothing to do with abortion,” noted another.
Some viewers visiting the documented site claimed that protests from church members were common, but not that many were captured on video: “I go there every day and there are usually only 2-3 there,” one wrote.
“There used to be a woman standing there every day with a sign,” commented another.
One user claimed that it was “a lot worse than that” at times while another added that it “happens at least once a week”.
A group called The Church at Planned Parenthood was issued a restraining order in September banning the organization from demonstrating outside the Spokane Clinic when it is open to patients.
The Church at Parent Parenthood regularly gathered outside the building and held services at the front, praying for “repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church, and repentance for our blood guilt in this abortion holocaust,” its website says.
The services were reportedly heard by patients within the Planned Parenthood, leading to allegations that the demonstrations violated state laws protecting health facilities from disruption.
“In Washington State we have very strict laws on the right to care and the right to access reproductive health services, and I think we need to build on them to protect our patients and their respect for privacy and care,” said Paul Dillon, a Planned Parenthood spokesman said The speaker review.
News week posted a comment to Planned Parenthood.