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Exorcism prayers preceded closing of Illinois abortion clinic

February 20, 2012

For decades, local Catholics had maintained a prayerful presence outside an abortion clinic in Rockford, Illinois, but the clinic remained open.

According to Kevin Rilott of the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative, the tide began to turn in 2009 when Bishop Thomas Doran granted priests permission to recite prayers of exorcism outside the Northern Illinois Women’s Center. At times, four priests would stand outside the four corners of the building and recite the prayers together.

“Within two to three weeks of priests saying these prayers, the number of abortions began to drop,” said Rilott. “Over a few months, the number of abortions was cut in half and the numbers of women seeking our help probably doubled. The clinic, which had been performing 25-75 abortions a week for years, also reduced its days of business from three to two.”

In late 2011, the State of Illinois temporarily suspended the clinic’s license; in January, the clinic announced that it would not reopen its doors.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Feb. 20, 2012 11:36 PM ET USA

    Praise God!

  • Posted by: normnuke - Feb. 20, 2012 9:30 PM ET USA

    Now I understand why suddenly the libs are vilifying us for having an exorcism rite.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Feb. 20, 2012 7:37 PM ET USA

    This is a very powerful happening!

  • Posted by: chachabala1981 - Feb. 20, 2012 7:21 PM ET USA

    ...just a coincidence, I am sure.

  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 20, 2012 6:28 PM ET USA

    Hurray! Perhaps that is the ticket; prayers for exorcism. Clearly, this whole abortion movement is of diabolical origin. It only makes sense that prayers of exorcism would be effective.