One of Planned Parenthood’s Washington, D.C., abortion clinics was demolished recently, after closing its doors this past summer. Christendom College’s pro-life student-run group, Shield of Roses, prayerfully protested and counselled women at this location for many years.
Planned Parenthood closed the 16th Street clinic last June, claiming that they had grown too large for the current facility. While the organization has announced plans to construct a new clinic in the nation’s capitol in the future, Planned Parenthood has received numerous protests from pro-life groups thus far, making the new facility far from a done deal.
“I went with Shield of Roses to that abortion mill many times over the past 15 years,” says Christendom’s vice president for enrollment Tom McFadden. “Although I certainly hoped and prayed that this place of death would soon close, the fact that it not only closed, but was literally razed to the ground – around the Solemnity of St. Joseph, no less – is just wonderful, and unexpected news. We must always remember that God answers our prayers!”
Shield of Roses has prayerfully protested in front of the clinic each Saturday morning during the academic year for over a decade, with its leadership receiving recognition by the Diocese of Arlington for their tireless efforts on behalf of the unborn. Since the clinic’s closure and destruction, the group has prayerfully protested in front of another clinic in Montgomery County, Md., hoping to achieve similar success, by the grace of God, in closing it down and saving lives in the future.
The group is Christendom’s oldest student-run organization, founded in the first year of the college’s existence in 1977 and is credited with saving the lives of many unborn babies.