The national anti-abortion network 40 Days for Life has decided to transition from prayer vigils outside an Ohio abortion clinic to something a little more spiritually aggressive. According to reports the group held an exorcism at the clinic this Sunday.
The group first sought the permission of the Rev. Steve J. Angi, chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati before organizing the satanic purge. Ruth Reddens, an organizer with the 40 Days for Life campaign explained the group would be holding a “exorcism of locality” which is designed to drive evil out of a place rather than a person.
Rick Pender, spokesman for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, which refers local women for abortions and performs abortions at a clinic in Cincinnati, said, “This is America — people have a right to free speech. We don’t agree that we’re doing something evil. We’re providing a service that is needed and appreciated by a lot of people.”
The event included a reading of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is one of the “minor” exorcism traditions in the Catholic faith.
Believe it or not this is not the first time anti-choice activists have turned to exorcism. A similar vigil was held in 2009 at a Rockford, Illinois clinic.
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