Knoxville pro-life advocates stood vigil this Monday, Feb 14, from 12noon to 1pm at the Planned Parenthood facility at 710 N. Cherry St. in solidarity with this national hour of awarness “Vigil for Victims.”

Here’s a photo slideshow from the Knoxville vigil.

Message from David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life:
Are you sick and tired of Planned Parenthood getting $363 MILLION of taxpayer funding a year — while aiding and abetting illegal underage sex trafficking? Then let’s take a public stand Monday to tell Congress: “NO MORE TAX $ for Planned Parenthood!” This Monday, February 14, 40 Days for Life is helping to coordinate “Vigils for Victims” that will be held outside Planned Parenthood offices coast-to-coast from Noon to 1 PM in each U.S. Time Zone.

Here’s what going on …

For the last two weeks, the national media has been abuzz with the shocking story of the undercover sting operation that caught abortion giant Planned Parenthood red-handed in the despicable act of aiding and abetting sex trafficking and prostitution of girls as young as 14.

Numerous undercover videos have now been released, documenting Planned Parenthood workers at multiple locations across several states assuring an undercover investigator posing as a pimp that the organization would secretly provide abortions and other services to underage victims of human trafficking, facilitating their exploitation.

Federal law is clear: “Sex trafficking of minors is a  federal crime and punishable by imprisonment for 10 years to life.” (18 U.S. Code 1591) Additionally, ”any person who aids abets, or counsels a federal crime to be committed may be punished as if they had committed the crime themselves.” (18 U.S. Code 2)

The institution-wide scandal has now reached the highest levels at Planned Parenthood, with top executives making the appalling claim that their workers who were caught on video facilitating underage sex slavery “responded professionally.”

After receiving a record $363 MILLION in taxpayer funds last year, Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards then had the audacity to send out an urgent appeal for abortion advocates to contact Congress — so the organization can rake in even MORE of your hard-earned tax dollars! And if that wasn’t enough, now Planned Parenthood is  attempting to hijack Valentine’s Day as a marketing gimmick to expand its harmful agenda, shove condoms into the hands of young children, and lure even more vulnerable victims into its facilities.


It is vital for us to act swiftly and take a public stand against Planned Parenthood’s harmful agenda – raising awareness in the communities where we live, and calling upon Congress to IMMEDIATELY strip the abortion chain of all tax funding.

This Monday, February 14, you can help make that happen by holding a one-hour “Vigil for Victims” during the Noon hour in the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood office nearest to you. This requires rapid action on all our parts, but will show Planned Parenthood — and the media — the power of pro-life America to bring about vital change! No experience is required! Find out exactly what to do by visiting:

Together, we really can make a difference! Let’s act quickly to make sure Planned Parenthood is held fully accountable for its willingness to aid and abet underage sex trafficking, and let’s tell Congress that the time has come to DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!

For Life,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

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