Fall is typically a busy time for anti-abortion groups. That's because of 40 Days for Life, a yearly protest in front of abortion clinics that goes on for, you guessed it, 40 days. There are typically 40 Days protesters here in New York, which they refer to as the "abortion capital of America." Those protesters are led by Chris Slattery, who runs Expectant Mother Care (EMC), a group of 12 anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers throughout the city. They're the ones that have the "Free Abortion Alternatives" ads on the subways, and give counseling designed to steer women away from having abortions.
Photo by Caleb Ferguson Slattery in the chapel of his Bronx office.
Slattery and his interns tend to protest year-round outside of Dr. Emily's, an abortion clinic in the Bronx that provides late-term procedures. They usually ramp up their efforts during 40 Days. This year, though, the staff at Dr. Emily's reports that they haven't yet seen Slattery and his crew, although the 40 Days campaign began on September 25. There's a reason for his absence, and that reason is Satan. According to Slattery, the Devil is behind a series of "floods, explosions, evacuations, break-ins, nearby murders, illnesses, and set backs" at EMC.More »