Editor’s note — The following is condensed from an article by the Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, who participated in the Michigan rescue.
On September 15 in three different cities (Sterling Heights, Mich., Alexan-dria, Va. and Albuquerque, N.M), pro-lifers entered abortion centers to talk to women scheduled for abortions, and by refusing to leave the clinics when told to do so by law enforcement, offered an act of non-violent defense of unborn children about to be aborted, resulting in the pro-lifers’ arrests.
Once inside, small teams of pro-lifers quietly approached mothers seated in the waiting rooms and offered them red roses as a symbol of life. Attached to each rose was a card which stated on one side, “You were made to love and to be loved … your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” Phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers were listed on the other side.
In addition to reaching out to the mothers, the rescuers chose to remain in the clinic as an act of solidarity with the unborn children scheduled to be killed by abortionists. (Editor’s note — The simple presence of pro-lifers inside paralyzes the killing process.) During the Red Rose Rescue, when police officers arrived on the scene, pro-lifers attempted to continue conversation with women or sat on the floor praying quietly or singing hymns until they were placed under arrest.
Note — In a recent e-mail, Dr. Miller wrote that no one has been charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). Those in Michigan have been charged with a city trespassing ordinance and rescuers in Virginia have been charged with a state trespassing statute. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life, Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR, Joan Andrews Bell and their three fellow rescuers will stand trial in Virginia on Nov. 20 and the four Michigan rescuers are scheduled for trial on Feb.14.