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Knights of Columbus to take monthly pro-life prayer vigil to recently opened facility in Elsmere on Feb. 3

AllGyn operates out of this building on Kirkwood Highway near Elsmere. A prayer vigil will be held there on Feb. 3 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Dialog photo

The Knights of Columbus hold a prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood in Wilmington on the first Saturday of each month, but this week they will be at a new clinic that has opened near Elsmere.

Felix Spitelle, the life coordinator for the Knights in Delaware, said the men and others will be on the public sidewalk outside AllGyn on Kirkwood Highway from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Feb. 3.

AllGyn is located at 2701 Kirkwood Hwy., just north of the ramp to Route 141.

“(The Knights) were kind enough to move it over to this new clinic,” said Moira Sheridan, the executive director of Delaware Right to Life. “It’s something the Knights have been doing for years.”

According to its website, AllGyn offers various health care for women, including breast examinations, pap smears, ultrasounds and annual exams. It also offers testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, along with family planning, including birth control, abortions and vasectomies. It is open six days a week.

Sheridan said Delaware Right to Life is trying to get a regular vigil going at the site.

“It’s very difficult because our troops are scattered very thin,” she said.

Father Michael Darcy, the pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Elsmere, was disappointed to see the clinic operating just a few miles from the church.

“As a teenager I remember protesting at the now-closed abortion clinic in Stanton, which I drive past nearly every day,” he said. “It has been a sudden shock to me to see this evil reappear in our community.  We will work diligently to end the scourge of abortion and to support pregnant mothers to bring their God-given children to term.”