Four college students who more than a decade ago held a 40-day vigil outside a Texas abortion clinic could not have known their effort would grow into a national organization based in the very building they targeted for protest. But the clinic’s former director — now a pro-life activist — says they’ve chosen symbolism over substance and given Planned Parenthood a fat payday in the process.
It started in 2004, when the students began their 24-hour prayer vigil in front of the Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan-College Station to “peacefully and prayerfully remove abortion from the Brazos Valley.”
“Before the end, nearly 1,000 people had joined us,” said Shawn Carney, one of the four and now the campaign director for “40 Days for Life,” a global ministry running similar campaigns in 307 cities across the country. “We knew we were on to something.”