A 10-year-old Montgomery County boy stood and prayed in front of Planned Parenthood with 50 people, including two elected officials, Saturday in Spring.
The crowd mingled with the Montgomery County Right to Life Chapter, which coordinated the prayer for the 40 Days for Life kickoff rally at 4747 Louetta. The vigil runs Sept. 28 to Nov. 6.
While it was the first time for some of the prayer participants to attend, others have met weekly and sporadically throughout the last several years for the prayer vigil.
The boy, Max Volansko of The Woodlands, has bowed his head at various Planned Parenthood locations more than a dozen times in the last five years since attending with his mother in College Station when he was 5 years old.
His mother, Christy Volansko, said she and her three daughters would go to pray because of their Catholic faith. After Max asked persistently why she and his siblings would go pray at Planned Parenthood, she told him it was for the scared mothers who were making choices where the baby “can’t come out with us.” She said Max understood and said “this needs to be fixed.” He has attended with her ever since.
“We are here because we want to support the women who are in Planned Parenthood and their choice to not get an abortion and also that their child truly does have a life,” said Max Volansko, who aspires to be a programmer or engineer one day. “We want to pray for the women and the workers inside Planned Parenthood.”
In the middle of the crowd, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, stood quietly reflecting, facing the Planned Parenthood clinic. Moments before, he joined state Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands, as speakers, and Woodlands Bible Church Pastor Randy Ball in prayer for the crowd.
“40 Days for Life is about lifting up voices, hearts and prayers that life matters,” Brady said. “It’s peaceful. The prayers are full of love for the innocent unborn, the mom who is going through a tough time, and the people inside, including the doctors.
“It’s about connecting with the community to have them think a moment about the innocent unborn.”
Passing cars honked and an elderly man waved from the parking lot as Brady spoke.
In 2012, there were 699,202 legal induced abortions reported to the CDC from 49 reporting areas.
MCRTL President Dr. Joe Morrison said about 12,000 “saved” children have been documented by the 40 Days for Life campaign through testimonials since 2007. MCRTL has participated in the prayer vigil since 2013.
Montgomery County-based attorney Larry Foerster and his wife Martha came out to pray as parents of two adopted children.
“We know both birth mothers; and they know they made the right decisions (giving their children) to the care of two loving people,” Foerster said.
The couple observed two-thirds of the 12 to 24 people who visited the clinic were minorities.
“The tragedy is how many minority women are going to this facility,” said Foerster, who expressed concern that some patients may not be aware of other women’s health and pregnancy clinics that offer similar services and helpful resources.
Planned Parenthood’s spokesperson and representatives onsite were unavailable for comment.
For those weighing their options, Max shared his wish.
“I just wish they would choose the life of their baby, make the right decision and pray,” he said.