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placeholder February 23, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
40 Days for Life to stand vigil at San Ramon clinic

A month ago, Tri-Valley residents who had traveled to San Francisco for the Walk for Life came home to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville and San Ramon and, energized, asked themselves: What next?

The newly energized group has joined the 30 Days for Life movement, a community-based peaceful educational mission, and will stand vigil on the public right-of-way near a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Ramon.

The vigil was scheduled to begin on Ash Wednesday and end on Palm Sunday, March 29.

Nick Libby was involved in 40 Days for Life in Austin, Texas, as a prayer volunteer.

Libby, who is the Culture of Life Activities Director for the Knights of Columbus Council 4588 in Livermore, is among those taking a leadership role in San Ramon.

Knights of Columbus from all Tri-Valley councils have stepped forward, he said. Father Lawrence D'Anjou, pastor of St. Raymond Church in Dublin, is scheduled to celebrate a Feb. 22 Mass, to be followed by a rally with speakers including Rev. Walter Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Libby said 40 Days for Life appeals to him because "it turns everything on its head."

"We care about the baby. We care about the mother. We care about the abortion clinic workers," he said. "We're all part of the human family."

Of the abortion clinic workers, he said, "you can't reach them if you condemn them."

"It's abortion that's the evil — not the clinic workers," he said.

A minimum of two people will stand vigil in shifts that will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. A decision was pending on whether the vigil would continue on Sundays.

"This is a great opportunity," he said. "It's inseparable from care for the poor, protection of the unborn."

Libby was received in the Catholic Church at Easter 2002. "I was always anti-abortion, not necessarily pro-life," he said, in that he was not actively engaged in pro-life work. "It became obvious we can't possibly do nothing," he said.

"If pro-lifers are right about what's going on, the holocaust of millions of people, how can you stand by and do nothing?"

In addition to prayer, he said, the group will offer sidewalk counseling and will refer women to the Valley Pregnancy Center, where ultrasounds, prenatal and postnatal care are available.

"We're not condemning," he said. "We're not wagging fingers."

The 40 Days for Life campaign will be on the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 200 Porter Drive, San Ramon. Get additional information, or sign up for a vigil time, by emailing 40days4lifesr@gmail.com. On Facebook, search for 40 Days for Life San Ramon.

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