Anti-abortion activists - Page 1
If this is your first visit to this site . . .
This is a prochoice website. I wish to show you a side of the abortion rights struggle that some people may not understand. Though many years have passed since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, there are still a number of people who remain strongly opposed to abortion. They have a right to express themselves -- that doesn't bother me. But a small and very active core of the leaders of the antiabortion movement believe that they must end abortion by any means necessary, including bombs, guns, knives, arson and kidnapping. I have links to these peoples' websites so that you can see how they make their case in favor of antiabortion violence. You will also see on my pages links to racists and to people who are anti-gay. Those links are here to show you how these people are tied to the antiabortion movement. As well you'll find on my pages links to people and groups who are progressive and prochoice. Mostly I agree with them, but with all websites, when you enter their pages, you have left mine for the moment, and you are their guest.
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Moderate Prolife Groups
They sometimes come into conflict with the hard core antis. In 2002, some people observe that the menacing, confrontational protesters are now less common. But see accounts of the Missionaries to the Preborn Head West Tour, where the hardliners got into confrontations with local moderate prolife people.
National Right to Life
Old on the scene, but new to the web, so far as I know, is National Right to Life Organization, Taking a Stand...Making a Difference. These are the old-line and genuinely more moderate anti-abortion people that the hard-liners love to hate. NRLC traces its origins back to 1973. They seem to consider themselves more a lobbying and educational organization.
NRL has two news-like pages: NRL News is issued monthly and contains commentaries on issues of the moment. Today's News is "A daily commentary on pro-life issues." It has daily essays on issues. Neither of these is a news service in the same sense as Covenant News.
If your taste in anti-abortion news runs to the true nutbag right, may I suggest you check out Covenant News instead. They actually do keep up with the daily news, as they see it, and in some cases as they invent it.
NRLC offers a timeline on the subject of abortion law and the history of the prolife movement under the title Topics on Abortion. To see quite a different take on part of the same period of time, see A History of Operation Rescue, by the people at Forerunner, covering the period 1987 - 1993.
AbortionNO.org / The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
AbortionNO.org / The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform distinguishes itself from the more extreme prolife groups by a small statement at the bottom of their home page: "CBR condemns all abortion related violence." Even such a short statement, in small type, puts the CBR on the traitors' list of hard line groups like The Army of God and Missionaries to the Unborn.
In other ways, the CBR seems to be more at home with extremist ideas. They love to display gory pictures of fetal remains on their website, and offer for sale poster-sized versions of the same images. Like Operation Rescue West, who are raising funds for a Truth Truck, CBR has fielded a fleet of those billboards mounted on truck bodies.
Prolife Critics of the Graphic Fetus Pictures
Plenty of Prolife Groups do not display the hateful and ugly posters
- Who Broke the Baby? October 18, 2002 - Conservative TV commentator Bill O'Reilly criticizes the giant fetus pictures towed by airplanes.
- LIFE CHAIN Falls Church, VA For their October 7, 2002 Life Chain, this is the plan of action: "Participants in the Falls Church Life Chain stand along a prescribed route, praying for an end to abortion, and holding signs proclaiming ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN (pastors' signs say JESUS FORGIVES AND HEALS)." A photo shows only these signs, no atrocity signs.
- National Life Chain They call for each Life Chain event to last only one hour. Preapproved signs only from this list of available signs:
* Abortion Kills Children
* Jesus Forgives And Heals
* Adoption: The Loving Option
* Lord, Forgive Us And Our Nation
* Abortion Hurts Women
* Pray To End Abortion
* Life—the First Inelienable Right
Pro-Life and non-violent? Well, maybe . . .
Insiders quarreling amongst themselves.
Prolifers Against Clinic Violence "Representing the Non-Violent Majority." Every time some fanatic starts shooting, these people shed crocodile tears. They claim that sidewalk counselors constitute a protective ring than discourages violence. Restricting sidewalk counselors thus increases the chances of violence.
Reaction to the stabbing of Dr. Romalis
American Life League
Immediately after Dr. Romalis was stabbed, ALL issued a press release condemning all violence, saying "We pray for the speedy recovery of Dr. Gary Romalis."
HYSTERIA OVER ABORTIONIST STABBING CONTINUES Campaign Life Canada is convinced that proaborts stabbed Dr. Romalis. As a sign of their supposed own good faith, CLC has offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the assailant. For some historical perspective on CLC's despicable tactic, see
Anti-abortionists bombing their own cause, by columnist Clarence Page, who recalls that in Birmingham, Alabama after the 1963 church bombing that killed four little Black girls, racists claimed that the Civil Rights people had set off the explosion themselves.
HateMall of the Americas
Didja ever notice how the favorite Mom and Pop retail outlets of yesteryear have been swallowed up by the Megagiants? Same thing in the Bigot Market. Missionaries to the Unborn have recently emerged as major players in the right wing swill market. Their site is so large and complex that it gives the impression of containing many websites.
- Main Page of MTTU Since September 11, 2001 they have decided to call abortion "Homegrown Terrorism."
Violence in the Heavenlies at the ACOG Conference May 2, 2003 - 35 members and allies of MTTU went to the convention of the American College of Gynecologists in New Orleans. Missionary Dan Holman may have led one abortionist to Christ. New Orleans was found to be a veritable cesspool of sin.
- Supporters of Abortion MTTU provides a laundry list of liberal causes, service groups and environmental organizations that support abortion, giving quotes from a number of them.
- American-Nazi War Memorial Pictures of holocaust victims displayed alongside pictures of fetuses. "The American - Nazi War Memorial is a graphic pictorial that clearly shows the link between what the Jews suffered
at the hands of Nazi Germany, and what unborn babies currently
suffer at the hands of American abortionists."
- MS You literary types may wish to check out a piquant poetic rumination on the salutation "Ms." Cancel your subscription to Ideals Magazine, let MTTU meet all your esthetic needs.
Will the real Prisoners of Christ please stand up!
Missionaries to the Unborn, Operation Save America, and Operation Rescue West launch projects to harass churches and individuals that don't take a religiously correct stand on abortion. In the Spring of 2002 both MTTU and OSU condemn those who have any other focus than a top priority of antiabortion agitation, declaring such deviationists as being outside the remnant of the faithful.
Blackgenocide.org / LEARN The largest and most active black prolife organization. They make the case the abortion means genocide for African Americans. They plan an antiabortion march in Birmingham, Alabama for May 2, 2003. "If Our Children Aren’t Free Neither Are We." A Civil Rights commemoration is planned for the same time and place. LEARN organizer
Clenard H. Childress Jr., Operating in the office of the Prophet, says of the civil rights leaders: "Black leadership of America will be confronted and served with a warrant! You have been silent too long and 13,000,000 million African American children are gone, There is blood on your hands."
Black abortion foes march in Birmingham October 15, 2002 - Marching over the same route that civil rights activists took 40 years ago, a Black antiabortion march attracted far less than the expected number of 1450 participants. Only 50 showed up.
African American Life Alliance "Pro-Life, Abstinence and Abortion Resources and Information."
Rhema Ministries Bloodguilt
- Our First Report From OSA-Tulsa April, 2003 - Joint report by Bill and Ruth Darr. They tell how they have recruited some kids from the derelict Rhema church and taught them sidewalk counseling.
- Confronting the Church of Jesus Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma April 4, 2003 - MTTU hastens to straighten out the Religiously Incorrect. Missionaries' leader Flip Benham finds it ironic that the police protected the target church as thoroughly as they protected the clinic.
- Rhema Pastor Expelled for Pro-Life Activism November 25, 2002 - "Rhema leaders had warned him 'not to go to any abortion clinic ever.'" Church leaders say they feared lawsuits.
- Kenneth Hagin's Rhema Ministries Shows Itself Proabortion November 29, 2002 - Steve Wetzel of Missionaries to the Unborn writes to Rhema Ministries: "I am appalled that a group that names the name of Christ would dismiss one of its ordained ministers because his 'prolife activities' in defending unborn children."
The Army of God
African American Prolife Groups
- The Portland Porcupine A new website by and featuring Paul deParrie of Life Advocate fame. More of the same swagger and braggadoccio. Tough talk and provocative posturing. He's cyberhip, cool, and a wee bit narcissistic. He gives practical advice on making stencils and selecting spray paint for those sidewalk antiabortion art projects. Also featured, two works by DeParrie: Foster's Night, a novel on the travails of a future reactionary journalist, and Jesus Against the Church, a lengthy essay.
New on the Porcupine, the Cybercards activism page. You choose from a number of gruesome fetus photos to find just the right one to email to some proabort. After all, "It is well known that dead baby
posters are an effective tool in educating even the thickest of skulls."
The Boston Rescuer The web page of Operation Rescue Boston, a Catholic splinter of Operation Rescue. Their hottest feature: Abortionists in Trouble, links to news stories about criminal or civil charges against abortion doctors, whether or not directly related to their practice.
John Reyes and Team Redeem in Pittsburg Here's a chance to Build Your Word Power. Look at actual photographs of Deathscorts, Sidewalk Counselors, Prayer Warriors, and read how "12 girls went in to sacrifice their children on the diabolical altars of the High Place this morning." Hint: the "Deathscorts" are the scary bunch in the oversized yellow T-shirts. Also check out the terrible things the clinic escorts do with rubber squeak toys.
InterLIFE The leading source for up-to-date stories on anything unfavorable to abortion providers or the prochoice movement. Recent stories include: "Abortionist Faces Battery, Drug Charges," "Another Woman Dies from 'Safe, Legal' Abortion," "Roe Warriors: The Media's Pro-Abortion Bias."
Pro-Choice Violence A project of Interlife.org. "This web site was designed to document and provide to the public, evidence in the public domain, of violence associated with abortion."
- Human Life International
The website of a priest-led prolife group with 88 foreign branches and $12 million in assets. They are well known for a long history of anti-semitism.
- Preach Truth.org "Encouraging the practice of Street Preaching, the knowledge of true Discipleship, and the Eunuch lifestyle." Their Basic Training Manual
identifies the true Enemy of the Righteous: "The enemy revealed in Scripture is amply shown to be the leadership of God’s people: the pastors, teachers and institutions designed to fuel the children of God." To carry out his mission, the preacher must remain Single for God: "Christ never married, fell in love, or engaged in sexual activity: He was a eunuch, prepared for and fully given to the service of His Father. He exemplifies the True Soldier: unentangled with the affairs of this world (II Timothy 2:4)."
- Pro-Life Wisconsin They are committed to "defend each and every innocent human life, without exception and without compromise," meaning that they tolerate no exception for the life or health of the pregnant woman, or for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Unlike the more extreme Missionaries to the Preborn, PLW does not harass patients at clinics on a regular basis or make a major point of displaying the gruesome fetus pictures.
Milwaukee's Home Grown Extremists
- Missionaries to the Preborn In 1992 the newly formed Missionaries were able to draw crowds of 10,000 supporters to their public meetings and demonstrations. But quarrels among their leadership and their bizarre and violent behavior soon alienated their early followers. They can only field a small group of protesters at the clinics these days. Their largest events occur once a month, when they stage their Local Freedom Tour Style Picket, whose venue is usually an important intersection or shopping mall.
- Missionaries to the Pre-born Iowa Iowa need no longer stay in the shadow of Wisconsin antiabortion extremists. After a long apprenticeship with MTTP, Dan Holman and his bride have moved to Keokuk, Iowa. Dan fans, rejoice! The website is 90% about Dan.
- March 23, 2003 Bulletin from Missionaries to the Preborn They try to convince former activists to come out again, claiming that the Rico decision of the Supreme Court will give demonstrators a free hand. The Missionaries don't want to admit that local injunctions against their mischief and the federal FACE act have been much more effective than RICO ever was at controlling their misbehavior.
- Mercy Seat Christian Church
The church whose pastor is Matt Trewhella, co-founder of Missionaries to the Pre-born. On this site also check out the MSCC catechism, which is especially detailed in answering questions about abortion.
- streetpreach home page
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The home page of self-styled street preacher Drew Heiss. In the photo at the right he is "sharing the Gospel" during the Gay Pride Parade. On December 28, 2001, he began serving a one-year sentence for violating an injunction against certain disruptive activities outside local clinics. See his supporters' account on the Missionaries to the Preborn Prisoner Page.
Attempted Theft of the White Rose
American assassins and arsonists have chosen to steal the name of a brave resistance effort against the Nazis. The members of the real White Rose (German: Weiße Rose) were young Germans who dared to circulate anti-Nazi leaflets in Munich in 1942. Most of them were put to death within two days of their action.
Click on this link, The genuine White Rose, to see a page on the real White Rose.
- White Rose Banquet A.D. 2003 Set for January
23, 2003 in Washington DC. Following James Kopp's confession that he killed Dr. Slepian, the Rev. Bray said he was canceling his annual Washington, D.C.-area White Rose Banquet, where abortion clinic bombers and killers of doctors have been honored, to instead hold a Jan. 22 rally in Buffalo to pay tribute to Kopp.
- Remember them that are in bonds December 6, 2002 - An appeal by the White Rose Fund for donations to support activists imprisoned for the crimes they carried out for their prolife cause. For a list of their favorite prisoners, see Prisoners of Christ.
The 6th Annual White Rose Banquet (2002) (The document is actually no longer online and is reproduced here from a link to the web archive.) $40 for the evening, and a chance to bid on "relics," personal property of imprisoned assassins and arsonists.
That's how it was planned. I hear from a reliable source that the conference and banquet were not held at a rented hall, nor did they draw over 100 people, as the 2001 event did. Events were held at the home of Mike Bray and about 35 people attended.
- Straight Shooters An account of the Fifth Annual Banquet of the White Rose. The keynote speaker was the Rev. Matt Trewhella of Milwaukee. This was the cover story in the Independent Weekly of January 24, 2001, titled Guns & Roses. The cover photograph is incendiary.
Among the speakers at the 2001 banquet was Dennis Malvasi, who would be arrested a couple months later for helping fugitive James Kopp evade prosecution.
Banquet of the White Rose
1996 - The first Banquet, as covered by the Albion Monitor.
Announcement of the "Nuremberg Files" project.
- Terrorists and Saints A lengthy newspaper article about the 1999 White Rose Banquet, featuring detailed descriptions of John Brockhoeft and Michael Bray.
- Fireworks Over a Stilt-Walker July 25, 2002 - Who'd be the right guy to play Uncle Sam on stilts? DC's 4th of July celebration featured Michael Bray in the role. Critics think it odd that a man who's done prison time for domestic terrorism should have the Sam gig.
- Pro-life activist runs Bowie Christian school May 15, 2003 - Convicted clinic bomber, pastor, and prolife activist Michael Bray is running a school that has had 24 students since it opened in 1991.
Where are the antis headed next?
From the beginnings of the current antiabortion surge in the 1980s, the movement has never restricted itself solely to opposing abortion. From early on they developped an anti-gay line. They have also been much involved in managing other aspects of everybody else's sexual behavior, including campaigns against sex education and condoms and in favor of abstinence.
Now in the late summer of 2003, some of the leading opportunists of the movement have attached themselves to Judge Roy Moore's Ten Commandments campaign: Flip Benham, Randall Terry, and Rob Schenck. Reporter Laura Sullivan of the Baltimore Sun explores possible reasons for the shift away from the antiabortion cause towards the Ten Commandments activities in Right finds a cause in Alabama: Christian group puts Commandments in national spotlight.
Not to worry, after a brief unity scare, Flip Benham and his minions are back to demonizing Randal Terry: Please Remove Randall’s Feeding Tube, begs Flip. "Giving more money to Randall Terry is like giving booze to an alcoholic."