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Pro-life vigil encounters support
40 Days for Life photo
Archbishop Alexander Sample speaks at Beaverton Planned Parenthood at start of Lent.
40 Days for Life photo
Archbishop Alexander Sample speaks at Beaverton Planned Parenthood at start of Lent.

BEAVERTON — When pro-life advocates expanded their presence outside Planned Parenthood here to the weekends, they found out how busy the place is on Saturdays and Sundays.

"The parking lot is fairly full, even on Sunday," says organizer Marie Barzen.

Many area Catholics have been dropping by to join in praying the rosary or saying the psalms.

The effort is part of 40 Days for Life, which has run throughout Lent.

One day, a young man drove by in an older pickup and rolled down the window. The vigil keepers expected an angry tirade, which happens. Instead, the man said, "It's because of people like you that I'm here today."  

The group thought that might be followed by a threat. But then the man explained that his mother, when pregnant, had come for an abortion but was dissuaded by people praying outside the building.

"What you are doing works," he said before driving away.

Pro-life advocates in the Portland area planned to gather at noon at the Lovejoy Surgicenter, where abortions have been performed for decades. The gathering included Stations of the Cross and a rosary. On Good Friday last year, one couple was convinced to give birth instead of aborting.

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