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Lila Rose and the Abortion Escort

Hattip to Cassy Fiano at Hot Air.  This will come as old news to pro-lifers who attempt to spread the pro-life message at abortion clinics, but abortion clinic employees, volunteers and escorts are usually intensely abusive of pro-lifers, sometimes resorting to physical violence.  These incidents are usually ignored by the media, most of which is completely in the tank for the pro-abort cause.

On December 18, 2009, Lila Rose, the intrepid pro-life activist I have written about here and here, was with 20 students and 3 adults to pray at an abortion clinic in San Jose, California.

According to a police report filed at the scene, supported by several witnesses, the following interaction took place between Miss Rose and the uniformed Planned Parenthood escort:

Rose, from the public sidewalk: “Sir, are you familiar with the abortion procedure?”

Escort approaches Rose rapidly from Planned Parenthood parking lot, says, “You idiot. You’ve caused so much trouble. You piece of crap.”

Rose offers to show Escort a picture: “Can I show you a picture of what it really does to a baby?”

The Escort strikes Miss Rose’s hand, knocking literature and Bible to the ground. Rose steps further back on sidewalk, Escort steps towards Rose.

Escort, visibly shaking, says, “It’s a woman’s choice!”

Rose says, “What about the baby’s choice?”

Escort says, “It’s not a baby!” Escort turns around and walks away.Police were called and interviewed the victim and several witnesses. Rose sustained no injuries from the attack. Charges of assault and battery are pending. There have been no apologies.

Live Action maintains a strong commitment to non-violent public discourse. We expect Planned Parenthood will respond to their escort’s attack by publicly disavowing the use of violence.

This jibes with my personal experience at abortion clinics.  If you are 6 foot 2, male and a pro-life volunteer, strangely enough the brave male pro-aborts tend to steer clear of you.  If, on the other hand, you are a diminutive female pro-life volunteer, you will often be a target of courageous male pro-abort zealots.  Female pro-aborts usually restrict themselves to turning the air blue with unimaginative swearing.

Of course all of this is done by the pro-aborts, because in a peaceful atmosphere a fair number of the women going into the abortion clinic are willing to accept literature from pro-life volunteers and sometimes talk.  The last thing pro-aborts ever want is to have any woman seeking abortion given a last minute chance to hear the pro-life message.  Hence the verbal abuse and the attempts at physical intimidation, not to mention pro-abort legislators and city council members enacting bubble zones around abortion clinics to keep pro-life volunteers out of ear-shot of the women seeking abortions.  Pro-life witness at abortion clinics is the hardest work in the pro-life cause.  As the reaction of the pro-aborts indicate, it can also be the most effective type of pro-life witness.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

5 Comments

  1. It really challenges the stupid old saying that “no one is pro-abortion.”

    There is no way you can oppose offering women information about alternatives and still call yourself pro “choice.”

    They’re out there fighting for more child murder, plain and simple.

  2. I agree with Don, when I’m there (I’m 6’1”), no one says anything to me.

    But when one of our petite lifescorts starts a conversation or handing out pamphlets, you can literally see the red in their eyes.

  3. I am wondering, do the Lifescorts have escorts of their own? They are not going out there by themselves, are they? I would hope we have at least one or two guys to accompany them so this type of incident is less frequent.

  4. C Matt,

    Here in Houston at the Abortion Mill on 3601 Fannin, we try to have them in pairs, preferably a male escort nearby. But it doesn’t always work that way, though it hasn’t been as bad as it was in recent years.

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