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Moroccan warships block abortion ship yacht

Read backstory here.

Per NBC, October 11:

Morocco barred Dutch abortion rights activists Thursday from docking their campaign ship to spread awareness about safe abortion methods in a Muslim country that bans the practice….

Earlier Thursday, Marlies Schellekens, a doctor from Women on Waves, said that Smir harbour was “totally blocked by warships so no one can get in,” a day after Rabat said the activists would be barred from arriving by sea.

More from the Associated Press:

Some 200 protesters in Smir targeted the activists outside the sealed gates of the marina. The protesters, some in conservative Muslim robes and headscarves, carried pictures of bloody embryos and shouted “Terrorist!” and “Assassin!” at Gomperts.

“We are here because we cannot accept these values, the values of massacre,” said protester Abdessamad Zilali, 23. “It is not part of our tradition to kill the unborn.”

Wow, good for them.

And it turns out Women on Waves didn’t send its ship (top), it sent a yacht (bottom)…

From opednews.com, October 5:

Moroccan police Thursday escorted from its waters a small yacht carrying women’s rights activists claiming to be able to perform abortions on board, after anti-abortion protesters jeered them on land.

More from the NBC:

But Moroccan sources later said Women on Waves had actually sent only a yacht into Smir several days ago rather than their usual larger main campaign ship in the apparent expectation that Morocco would not let the group in anyway.

“The yacht has now left Smir to head back home. It was a publicity stunt,” an official source said.

“The organizers took everyone for a ride … The people (in the yacht) stayed aboard and did not complete immigration procedures that would have allowed them to enter Moroccan territory.”

Meanwhile Women on Waves personnel had already stationed themselves on the ground and had to be protected by police.

From the Associated Press:

That boat took off around the harbor, about an hour after the group’s founder approached crowds of protesters on the ground, trying to hand out fliers on abortion in Arabic and French….

Police pushed back shouting protesters who tried to get closer to Gomperts, and said she was escorted away for her own protection.

I’m certainly proud of Moroccan Muslims, both women and men, for upholding the sanctity of life. I also appreciated their use of graphic images to show the horror of abortion.

[Top and bottom photos via the Associated Press]

NYC’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops due to pro-life protests

With the autumn 40 Days for Life campaign just underway, this great news provides more evidence that sustained pro-life presence in front of abortion clinics hurts business, whether we think so at the time or not.

From New York Daily News, October 1, comes this article, the title and subtitle of which provides pretty much all the information you need to know: “Sunset Park clinic will no longer offer abortions, instead only outpatient surgical care: Protesters drove away doctors and patients, says clinic owner”:

A Sunset Park abortion clinic has shut down after Catholic protesters drove away doctors and patients, according to the owner of the clinic.

The Ambulatory Specialty Surgery Center of Brooklyn on 43rd St., closed earlier this month and will reopen in October as a new medical center providing outpatient surgeries, but not abortion.

Catholic leaders claimed the clinic’s closure after 22 years as a victory for their anti-abortion effort. Abortion advocates said they had never heard of a clinic in the city closing under pressure from protesters….

Lazar said the clinic tried to provide both abortions and other types of procedures, but doctors and patients refused to cross the throngs of religious protesters who tried to convince them not to go in….

The new clinic – slated to open as the New York Center for Specialty Surgery under the direction of a California-based medical firm – is undergoing renovations.

So far as many as 20 doctors have expressed interest in working at the new clinic – a stark difference from as recently as a month ago when Lazar struggled to find doctors willing to work there.

Monsignor Philip Reilly – leader of the group the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants – said he has gone to the center every week since it first opened to protest the abortions.

Reilly said both he and local Catholics were so happy, a celebration mass was held on Saturday at St. Michael’s Church on the same block as the clinic….

Julie Kashner, president of the Brooklyn and Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women… added there are others dealing with the same problem. NOW has planned a rally in support of another medical center offering abortions in Jamaica, Queens also struggling to find doctors and patients.

This clinic was apparently a very big, deadly fish. According to The Tablet:

“This was the oldest and largest abortion clinic in New York City and for many years, in the United States,” said Msgr. Reilly. “I believe more than a quarter of a million unborn children lost their lives there.”

[HT: Sean on Facebook; photo of Msgr Phillip Reilly, left, and Fr Kevin Sweeney, right, via New York Daily News]

Home protest makes Orlando Planned Parenthood CEO cry

Jenna Tosh returned home from a walk with her family Saturday morning  to an unwelcome surprise: 28 pro-life activists conducting an awareness campaign in front of her home.

Jenna promptly burst into tears.

This spring 28-yr-old Jenna was promoted to the position of CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando in Florida. One of the two clinics Jenna oversees commits abortion.

Jenna lives on a busy street in Winter Park.  Why did she start crying Saturday? She could have been humiliated by the exposure. She could have been upset that her young son saw graphic photos of how she makes her living. She could have been shocked at the realization her home was no longer a respite. The best hope is Jenna’s heart was pierced, and she’s on the road to a conversion. I do know a lot of people were praying for Jenna Saturday and continue to pray.

Here’s the short version of Jenna’s response to the pro-lifers…

Pro-lifers  conducted their awareness campaign for 1-1/2 hours. During that time Jenna’s husband turned on the sprinkler system, and they also called the police.

Police told one of the pro-lifers they were called to the home under false pretenses. Whoever called them claimed the pro-lifers were playing loud music, yelling at cars passing by, and blocking the road and sidewalk, none of which turned out to be true, as he noted. “He observed only people in cars yelling at us,” wrote the pro-lifer.

As Michele Herzog, one of the pro-lifers, told me, the goal of pro-life protests at the homes of abortion providers is “‘to speak up for those who have no voice’ (Proverbs 31:8) and ‘to have nothing to do with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but to rather expose them’ (Ephesians 5:11).”

In the past these awareness campaigns have borne fruit, the most recent example being just a couple months ago, also in Florida, when abortionist Scott Hye saw the light and quit the trade. We pray Jenna also sees the light. Jenna, you have a PhD, for heaven sakes. You could do so much better.

Here is the long version of the Saturday protest at Jenna’s home, prepared by Jay Rogers, who also wrote a detailed post about it…

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Abortion supporters conduct “Project Detour” around pro-life protest

Calling it the States of Refuge campaign, 15 pro-life activist groups launched a yearlong endeavor beginning January 22, 2012, to close any or all of the lone abortion clinics remaining in each of five states.

The goal of the groups is to “establish the first abortion-free states since Roe vs. Wade,” adding even one closure would be a “breakthrough in our nation.” I agree such a closure or closures will constitute a milestone. Those states are:

  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jackson, Wyoming

The scope of the pro-life groups includes Truth Tours using large abortion pictures on both city streets and major college campuses, mailers to all churches in those states, and a five-state funeral procession carrying an aborted baby.

Last week States of Refuge focused on Jackson, Wyoming, and Dr. Brent Blue, who commits abortions at Emerg-A-Care.

In an effort to thwart the effort, because both last year and this year pro-lifers planned their protests during the city’s annual Elkfest – which resulted in pro-abortion violence – the city went so far as to ban the display of abortion pictures, which the State Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional April 10.

(Yes, those are elk antlers in the top photo and photo right.)

So a group called Jackson Hole United formed…

… to do all they could legally to keep people from seeing the reality of abortion by conducting “Project Detour,” holding their own signs encouraging traffic to avoid the pro-lifers. Reported Rachel Maddow:

If you saw the protesters somewhere, you reported it on the Jackson Hole United Facebook page, with a call for help holding up signs. “Turn here to avoid to avoid protesters,” one sign read. Another said, “Stay calm. Graphic images ahead.” The results weren’t perfect, but Elkfest happened peacefully.

Maddow’s linked article doesn’t say who vandalized whom, although I knew it had to be abortion proponents. Otherwise the piece would have screamed “pro-life violence!”

But to confirm I spoke with Pastor Mark Holick, who was present and said the perpetrators were indeed abortion proponents who, in one case, spray painted one of the Truth Trucks, and in another swerved a car toward pro-lifers who were holding signs.

Here were some of the signs advocating “Civility Compassion Love” by way of abortion support or denial…

It is hard to fathom there are churches that support abortion, although we know it is true.

In Jackson, five area churches joined the Jackson Hole United effort.

One was Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole.

Below is a video of Rev. Dr. Paul Hayden explaining to his  congregation – relatively aged, I note – this past Sunday why their church was being picketed and how in Christ pro-abortion beliefs are as valid as pro-life beliefs.

I can think of no better example of the “lukewarm church” than this. Hayden also implied the abortion issue is political, not religious…

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[Top photo via Jackson Hole Daily; 2nd photo (of Pastor Flip Benham) and bottom photo (of Leslie Hanks) via Leslie Hanks of The Passionate Pro-Lifer; 3rd photo via Jackson Hole United; 4th and 5th photos via Maddow]