Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sanctity of Life - #4061 - FBI Questions Pro-Life Advocate, Son-in-law of Jill Stanek - Citizen Link (2) House Committee Passes D.C. Fetal Pain Abortion - Hot Air (3) Are Graphic Abortion Images Effective? An Interview with Baltimore Pro-life Activist Jonathan Darnell - Hot Air

A prominent pro-life advocate’s son-in-law received a surprise visit from the Obama administration last week — one that a legal group says should be a cause of concern for anyone who works to protect preborn children. On July 13, Andy Moore of Texas answered a knock at his door to find two FBI agents standing on his porch. Moore is the son-in-law of Jill Stanek, one of the country’s most outspoken pro-life bloggers. Moore, a legal alien from New Zealand, prays and protests outside a late-term abortion facility in Dallas, the Southwest Women’s Surgery Center, regularly. The FBI agents told him they’d received complaints that he may be too aggressive, that he had trespassed on clinic property, and about his use of a megaphone. Moore admitted using the megaphone on March 31, before Dallas police told him it violates a noise ordinance. According to Stanek’s blog, the agents then quizzed him extensively about his personal life — including church groups he belongs to, his belief system, how long he’s known his wife and his connection to Stanek. They also encouraged him to feel free to tell them anything about fellow pro-life advocates he thought they should know, and mentioned that a felony conviction could get him deported. Afterward, Moore contacted the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) for advice.  Read more.......


House Committee Passes Fetal Pain Abortion Bill - Hot Air - On July 18, the House Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would ban abortions in Washington, D.C. from taking place after 20 weeks past the gestation period. While it has no chance of passing the Senate or getting the President’s signature, the legislation is important for other reasons. From my May interview with pro-life activist Jill Stanek: JS: It says any baby who is 20 weeks gestational age or older cannot be aborted for any reason except to save the life of the mother. There is no health exception. This law has been put into place in six states, and no abortion organization has filed a lawsuit claiming it to be unconstitutional because they are afraid they would lose at the Supreme Court. Babies at 20 weeks feel pain, and probably before this. This is a losing issue for abortion proponents. How can you oppose protecting babies who are far along from pain? Why is it coming through Congress now? D.C. has gutted all abortion restrictions in recent years and currently allows abortions at any time for any reason until birth (only five countries in the world have similarly abortion-friendly laws, including China, North Korea and Vietnam), and so this is in response to that, via Congress’ constitutional authority and responsibility.  Read more..........


Are Graphic Abortion Images Effective? An Interview with Baltimore Pro-Life Activist Jonathan Darnell - Hot Air - A few weeks ago I was asked to join some pro-life activists in holding signs on Route 1 just south of Washington, D.C. Joining the group to hold up a genteel pro-life sign, I was shocked to see a number of signs showing graphic images of aborted babies. This led to a discussion with Jonathan Darnel, who had brought the signs, both in person and over the phone. Jonathan was convinced that such graphic images are actually effective, and despite my disagreement with portions of his argument I felt his argument was surprisingly valid and had more potential to convince Americans to become pro-life than I’d realized. Below is a follow-up interview to that discussion.  Read more.........

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