Shooting at ProLife Office in D.C.

Early yesterday morning a young man from Virginia, posing as an intern, shot a security guard at the Family Research Council office in Washington D.C. The guard’s name is Leo Johnson and he was let out of surgery late last night and is doing well. Leo took a bullet to the arm as he, along with others guards, apprehended the shooter named Floyd Lee Corkins II.

According to an FBI intel report, the shooter was carrying “a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, two additional magazines loaded with ammunition and an additional box of 50 rounds of ammunition when he came into the building”.

According to reports Floyd said before shooting, “I don’t like your politics”.

While yesterday was an eventful day to say the least, the widespread support from pro-life advocates across the world for the Family Research Council has been wonderful to see. Mainstream media hardly covered the shooting with only small clips on one or two of the main news channels.

Mitt Romney was quick to respond to the shooter and said, “I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital. There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”

Furthermore, President Obama responded hours later, after regular business hours by saying,
“this type of violence has no place in our society.”

My thoughts go out to the Johnson family as Leo recovers. May we all continue to support this family after Leo Johnson’s heroic actions of protecting the staff at the Family Research Council.

For the
Dignity of the Born and Unborn,

Coerced abortion makes mockery of “choice”

[Editor’s note: Today’s feature is a guest post by Sarah Terzo, who runs]

It is not unusual for men to try to coerce their partners into having an unwanted abortion. In fact, according to the Elliot Institute, which deals with post-abortive women, 64% of women who have abortions claim that they were pressured by other people (usually their partners) into having them. So much for women’s choice!

So it’s no real surprise to find out that a British man has taken coercion one step further – he drugged his pregnant fiancée with an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry.

The woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, was rushed to the hospital with severe bleeding, were she found out that her baby had died. She was forced to undergo an emergency operation and required a blood transfusion of two pints of blood.

She did not know the cause of her miscarriage until months later, when she overheard her fiancé bragging to someone over the phone about slipping the abortion pill to her without her knowledge. She reported the crime to the police, who arrested him. It is not clear at this point where he acquired the abortion drug.

When the abortion pill was first made available in the United States, I remember some pro-lifers expressing concern that men would be able to force a woman to abort by acquiring the drug and making her take it by deceit or threat of violence. Pro-abortion activists laughed off these concerns. But now it seems that our fears were well-founded.

Hopefully authorities will be able to determine where the perpetrator got the abortion drug and tighten up whatever regulation allowed him to acquire it. [Editor’s note: Here’s one possibility: a website, run by “pro-choice” activists, that lets people order the abortion pill online and have it shipped to their house.] The case makes one wonder how many other times an abortion drug has been slipped to unsuspecting women, threatening their lives and their pregnancies, without them ever knowing.

Could such a thing happen in the United States? Abortion proponents would say no –after all, only licensed clinics can dispense the RU-486, the abortion pill. However, there has already been at least one similar case in the United States. New York resident Dr. Stephen Pack ambushed his pregnant partner outside a hospital, screaming “I’m going to give you an abortion!” He injected her with a dose of methotrexate, a drug that induces abortion but that also has legitimate medical uses. In that case, thankfully, the baby survived and the mother was not seriously injured. And in October of 2010, an Ohio man drove his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint.

These incidents highlight the fact that many women face incredible pressures to abort from their partners, and that when they refuse, partners may take matters into their own hands. The murder of pregnant women is disturbingly common – in fact, murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. It is often the partners that are the perpetrators.

For example, the body of 15-year-old Daphne Sulk was found that a rest stop in Wyoming. Her 38-year-old boyfriend was arrested and convicted of stabbing her to death because she refused to abort his child. Teshibra Bell, also 15, was killed by Shannon Meschack, the father of her unborn baby. He had threatened to kill her if she did not have an abortion. Another man, Michael Baldwin, confessed to the brutal slaying of his girlfriend, who was 15 weeks pregnant with his child. These are just a handful of cases that have been documented by the Elliot Institute.

No one should be allowed to force a woman into having an abortion she does not want. Whether the coercion is subtle, overt, or violent, it is always wrong. Pro-lifers should try to force the abortion industry to be held accountable for performing abortions on women who express that they are being pressured into having them. Pro-life activists have the opportunity and the responsibility to protect women from coercion by publicizing these incidents and raising public awareness.

Thoughts on Pro-Choice Violence Site

Today’s story:

Human Life International has revised and updated its web site that chronicles violent, illegal and harassing actions by abortion practitioners and abortion supporters.

HLI staffer Dr. Brian Clowes, director of research for the pro-life group and the lead researcher for HLI’s “Pro-Choice Violence” project, says the web site provides extensive research on the surprising amount of violence perpetrated by abortion practitioners and the proponents of “choice,” compared to the relatively few violent crimes committed by “pro-life” advocates.

. . .

“The point of this project is not to demonize any person who defends the false ‘right’ to choose abortion, it is to set the story straight,” Clowes added. “Countless television shows hold up an archetype of the loud, abusive, or even violent pro-lifer attacking the well-intentioned, heroic abortionist who is supposedly just trying to help women. News reports dwell on the real and sometimes fabricated crimes against abortionists, and routinely refuse to cover real crimes committed by those who either perform abortions or use violence to intimidate pro-lifers.”

First of all, I had visited the site prior to the update, and it is much better organized now. So, well done. And there is definitely a lot of useful information, such as the list of maternal deaths from legal abortions.

But I’m ambivalent about the basic concept: clearing the collective pro-life name by pointing out that pro-choicers are worse.

In a Facebook conversation with a pro-choice friend the other day, I wrote:

No movement– including pro-life and pro-choice– should be judged by its extremist fringe. If that were the rule, a lot of historical movements that we look upon favorably would be screwed. Unfortunately, whenever a cause gets large enough, you hit a critical mass where some nutjob is inevitably going to join and ruin things for everyone else…

In short, we really need to move beyond the ad hominem attacks. And sometimes, the best way to do that may be to ignore them, and just go about helping mothers and babies in need.

I realize that Human Life International is not at all suggesting that every abortion supporter is a violent criminal. And they may figure that the media is so biased that there is no other way for them to effectively make their ultimate point, which is that the pro-life movement is a relatively peaceful one. Still, I’m uneasy about the direction of this debate.

Maybe an analogy will help. It’s akin to a certain religious flamewar that has repeated itself on countless threads across the internet. It goes something like this: “Look at the Crusades!” “Oh YEAH? Stalin was an atheist and he killed millions of people!” “Oh YEAH? Well the Conquistadors…” and on and on, the implicit idea being that somehow, whoever leaves the thread with the lower body count must hold the key to the meaning of life. Neither is accusing the other of personally being a killer, but it’s still not a terribly productive conversation, if you ask me.

What say our readers?

A Tale of Two Protests

In the town of Dixon, CA, pro-life teens were shocked to discover that Planned Parenthood– which does not have a facility in the area– had set up a booth at last Saturday’s street fair. Coordinating through a local church youth group, they quickly organized a peaceful protest. Pro-lifers stood with their backs to the Planned Parenthood display, holding signs that educated the public about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. The results were dramatic:

The Planned Parenthood staff was not happy; they hastened to the police and accused us of harassment. Of course the police had no problems with our demonstration which had two immediate effects: 1) Since our signs simply said the word “abortion” and were next to a Planned Parenthood booth, traffic to the booth instantly stopped. There were no more visitors to their booth for the rest of the day. As soon as the booth was actually associated with their true purpose, people wanted nothing to do with them – their ruse as child-friendly community helpers was off. 2) The witness of the young people’s demonstration inspired the rest of the fair’s attendees.

The Planned Parenthood booth packed up early; the fair organizers apologized and said that Planned Parenthood would not be back.

This is an excellent example of protest done right. The pro-life youth of Dixon did not vandalize the Planned Parenthood display. They did not engage in attacks or insults. They simply presented the facts, in a calm, confident, peaceful manner.

Contrast that with the behavior of pro-abortion students at Clarion University last Wednesday. Clarion Students for Life, like many pro-life student organizations, traditionally puts together a “Cemetary of the Innocents” display each year. Such displays use cemetary symbols, such as crosses, flags, or flowers, to memorialize abortion victims. Clarion displayed 350 crosses, with a sign stating that each cross stood for ten aborted children, for a total of 3500: the number of babies aborted each day in the United States.

Pro-abortion students were not interested in having a peaceful counter-protest, or in attempting to persuade anyone of the correctness of their position. Instead, they vandalized the display by:
1) Splattering red paint on it
2) Turning the crosses upside down, a symbol of religious intolerance
3) Writing the word “pro-choice” in red paint
4) Using red paint to create “bloody footprints” of a baby

I can’t make this stuff up.

Weekend update

Pro-abortion Congressman Ron Kind had this to say about a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion, with an exception for rape:

[O]ne of my fears of what’s before us today is that it could lead to some very perverse unintended consequences — almost encouraging low-income women, that would have this benefit denied from them, to file false claims of rape — whether it’s against a boyfriend, whether it’s against an acquaintance, perhaps even a husband — in order to avoid, you know, the consequences that this legislation, the financial consequences that this legislation would bring.

Rep. Kind apparently didn’t get the memo that the abortion movement’s new motto is “trust women.” NRLC’s Doug Johnson took him to task:

It is true that some taxpayers of both sexes sometimes tell lies, but does Kind really believe that lots of women will falsely accuse their intimate associates of a serious crime, in order to get a tax-subsidized abortion? He seems to assume a high level of dishonesty and a low level of common sense among the low-income women to whom he refers, presumably including those residing in his own district.

One week ago, an angry pro-abortion man pulled a gun on a pro-life woman identified only as Terry. The incident occurred outside a San Diego abortion business, where Terry was participating in a 40 Days for Life campaign. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Arizona is a hotbed of pro-life activity. The governor recently signed legislation to ban abortions that are based on the victim’s sex or race. She is also expected to sign a ban on telemed abortions today. A telemed abortion is administered via Skype or a similar videoconferencing service; the abortionist chats with the customer, then presses a button that opens a drawer of RU-486 pills. This means that the abortion “doctor” gives no physical exam.

NYC pregnancy center burglarized

Chris Slattery from EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers in New York City reports that one of the centers, in the South Bronx, sustained major damage in a burglary. From the email:

This is the second time this has happened in the past 12 months. They broke into our facility through the second story window, stole over $5,000 worth of equipment, and virtually destroyed the office.

. . .

The rampage of these heartless criminals shattered windows, stole all of our audio visual equipment, destroyed displays and supplies, tore up the ceiling, doors, and floor. They even broke into our supply closet and stole our Pampers.

They’re not exaggerating. As the following photographs show, it is currently impossible to serve any women at this location.

This is not a new tactic. When I lived in Miami, someone stole a sonogram machine, worth $35,000, from a pro-life pregnancy clinic in Hialeah.

Scatterbrained Sunday: Safety tips

Yesterday morning, Tennessee abortionist Gary Boyle was arrested for pulling a gun on pro-life protestors, including a teenager. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Boyle is out on bail.

Although I have never been physically threatened (knock on wood), the incident got me thinking about what steps pro-life activists can take to peacefully protect ourselves. Here are a few ideas; please share yours in the comments section.

Be armed… with a video camera. People tend to be better behaved when they’re being recorded. And if not, then at least you have evidence.
Talk to the cops long before any trouble arises. Let them know that you intend to protest, and clarify the boundaries of public and private property. Be their partner in keeping order, and perhaps they will return the favor in your time of need.
Don’t escalate. If an abortion supporter gets in your face, the best response is usually silence. You don’t have to be a Christian to turn the other cheek.
In the worst case scenario, know who to call. 911 is obviously your first call. Your second should be to a lawyer, even if you know that you did nothing wrong. I personally like the Life Legal Defense Foundation; that number is 707-224-6675.

History repeats itself


A man who had been verbally harassing pro-lifers outside a late-term abortion center in Albuquerque for days, escalated his abuse to violence yesterday by driving his large paneled delivery truck up on a curb and striking the large pro-life sign held by Bud Shaver.

Shaver was unhurt in the incident but his sign showing an image of an aborted baby was damaged.

Shaver jumped into a truck and was able to track down and obtain the license plate number of the vehicle that hit him. He reported the incident to the police.

“We just explained our concern [to the police] that this man is starting to escalate his behavior,” said Shaver. Police told Shaver that they would talk to the man, but it was unlikely that charges would be filed.

I hate to say it, anonymous angry abortion guy, but your stunt was completely unoriginal. More than twenty years ago, none other than George Tiller executed the same idea. Furthermore, Tiller had better aim: he actually hit the person, not just a sign. Your performance pales in comparison. I recommend finding yourself a new hobby. Since you’re obviously a complete sociopath, have you considered drowning puppies?

San Francisco abortion centers lose Planned Parenthood affiliation

The big news in American pro-life circles today is that Planned Parenthood of the Golden Gate (PPGG) has been voted out of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The cited reason was “management problems.” This of course leaves much room for speculation. Perhaps PPGG simply wasn’t earning enough money. But Abby Johnson, who used to work at a Planned Parenthood, suspects something more. On her facebook page, she says “[Y]ou have got to REALLY mess up to lose your PPFA affiliation. No minor problems led to this action.”

Like many abortion centers, PPGG has had some major problems, which documents well:

In September 2003, 18-year-old Holly Patterson died after receiving the abortion drug Mifeprex, also known as RU-486, from the Planned Parenthood chapter.

PPGG came under fire for telling patients to take one part of the drug vaginally instead of orally, as recommended by the FDA. That resulted in the deaths of four California women who developed deadly bacterial infections as a result.

In December 2005, PPGG was accused of hiding an 11-year-old’s rape.

A testimonial posted on a California Planned Parenthood abortion business’ website regarding an 11-year-old rape victim sparked a call for an investigation into the organization’s handling of sexual abuse cases.
In the “Shared Stories” section of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s website, a client’s shared her story.

“I was raped at 11, by my 17 year old boyfriend. I chose not to tell my parents because I didn’t think their involvement would help, that was the right choice for me. Planned Parenthood [sic] helped me deal with the aftermath of the rape allowing me to deal and cope as best as I could in my own way.”

In response, pro-life leaders have called for an investigation, as Planned Parenthood is required by law to report cases of child abuse. The abortion business eventually removed the post from their web site.

And in August 2005, an online cartoon video PPGG sponsored drew sharp criticism because it advocated violence against pro-life advocates.

The PPGG video features a cartoon superhero who travels the globe to promote abortion and oppose abstinence education.

She tells viewers that pro-life people often protest outside Planned Parenthood and claims they “can sometimes become unruly.”

“But mostly, I just wish they would disappear,” the character says.

Next, the “Superhero for Choice” shoots each protester with a gun that envelopes the pro-life person in a condom. The condoms explode and the protesters die.

The abortion activist cartoon character happily explains that, with the death of the protesters, people can now visit the abortion business “without intimidation or violence.”

At the end of the video, during the rolling of the credits, a pro-life person is decapitated.

Despite these issues, PPGG was apparently a chapter in good standing until now. So, what could be worse in PPFA’s mind than the death of a patient, the coverup of an 11-year-old’s rape, and a cartoon promoting violence against pro-lifers? We shall see…

Abortionist found guilty of murder

No, not for the unborn children he killed. Not for the two mothers he killed in botched abortions, either. After years of legal wrangling, Alabama abortionist Malachy DeHenre will serve 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife. He joins the esteemed ranks of abortionists Thomas Neill Cream, Conroy James Hayes, John Gwynne, and John Baxter Hamilton, all abortionists who killed their wives or girlfriends. I do not know of a single CPC director or other prominent pro-life advocate who has killed his or her spouse. If you’re aware of any, please share.

Jones County Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish told the laurel Leader Call newspaper last week that he was informed by the state high court that the conviction was upheld.

“No case I’ve handled since I’ve been here gives me as much gratification as this one,” he said. “The man is a despicable nasty person.”

“He not only killed his wife, that’s what he was convicted for, but I think people need to know about him. He also killed two other women during botched abortion. One was in Alabama and one in Jackson, Mississippi. And according to him, he performed 30,000 abortions on unborn children,” Parrish continued.

DeHenre’s New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed in 2005 and he was required, in December 2005, to pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003.

It’s always risky to posit a connection between abortion and postnatal violence. After all, there are hundreds of abortion facilities in the United States, and most of those abortionists have thankfully not gone out and killed their wives! That said, it is a generally accepted theory in psychology that repeated exposure to violence has a desensitizing effect; abortionists themselves admit that abortion is a violent act and that committing one requires emotional detatchment.

So what can we do to end the violence? The Pro-Life Action League suggests that pro-lifers “adopt” abortionists: inviting them to dinner, befriending them, making the argument for life in a peaceful, personal way, and helping them transition to non-violent careers. Taking that first step is scary, but I feel that secular (particularly atheist and agnostic) pro-lifers are in an especially good position to try it. The worst you can hear is “No.” For the many supporters who are students, check out Medical Students for Life, an initiative of Students for Life of America. Through educational outreach, and by creating a support system for pro-life physicians in training, they aim to prevent abortion practices before they begin.