Twenty-Five Percent of Student Body Descends on Abortion Clinic in Prayerful ProtestNovember 21, 2011
Christendom College’s pro-life student group, Shield of Roses, held its largest pro-life prayer protest of the semester in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic located on 16th Street in Washington, D.C., this past Saturday, November 19.
The group, which is one of the college’s longest running groups on campus – started in 1982, just four years after the college’s founding – holds what it calls a “Mega-Shield” event once each semester, with the hopes of attracting as many members of the Christendom College community as possible. Although all Christendom students are pro-life, sometimes encouraging them to wake up early on a Saturday morning – a prime time for catching up on sleep – is a little difficult.
Past events have attracted anywhere from 75 to 200 participants. This semester’s “Mega-Shield” saw approximately 100 students in attendance at the Planned Parenthood clinic in the heart of the Nation’s capital.
The group traveled to D.C. following the 7:30 a.m. Mass, and proceeded to pray four rosaries and sing a number of Marian and religious hymns while the clinic’s “pro-choice” escorts looked on.
“Saturdays are big days for the abortion industry,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden who traveled with the group for “Mega-Shield.” “I am always so proud of our students who travel the hour and a half every Saturday to prayerfully protest this crime against humanity, and especially pleased to see so many, over 25% of our on-campus student body, take part in the Shield of Roses ‘Mega-Shield’ each semester.”