MCKINNEY - The abortion debate has heated up in North Texas this morning as demonstrators hit the sidewalk for the second day in a row outside the McKinney Planned Parenthood as part of a "40 Days for Life" anti-abortion movement.
Five people holding signs and rosary beads arrived at the clinic early this morning. The protest is part of a national effort to end abortion and deliberately coincides with Lent. Organizers of the protest call it a peaceful move in which they will fast, pray and work on community outreach.
The Planned Parenthood Clinic in McKinney is located in a strip mall at the corner of Medical Center Drive and Eldorado Parkway. It's one of 21 Planned Parenthood locations in North Texas and is closed for business on Thursday and Friday. It opened in 2008, offering women's health and reproductive services.
While the clinic does not provide abortions, demonstrator Mary Borchard told News 8 she believes women go there for advice on where to go to get an abortion, which she said she believes is not the answer. Borchard counsels women daily who have had abortions and have suffered terrible trauma, she said.
Borchard said last year's peaceful prayer demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Sherman led to the closure of the clinic by last fall. Today's demonstrators told News 8 they would like to see the same happen in McKinney.
In July of 2011 the McKinney Planned Parenthood was hit with a Molotov cocktail. The incident caused minimal damage to the door and sidewalk.
Demonstrators said their protest will continue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 1. Borchard said they were expecting more people at 2 p.m. today as a national speaker will visit the location. Similar demonstrations are being held nationwide.