Today, in three separate cities across the U.S., pro-life activists were arrested after entering abortion clinics to speak with women in the waiting room and attempt to rescue their children.
The activists planned this simultaneous rescue mission, titled Red Rose Rescue, to offer financial and material support to women who had abortion appointments in the clinic that day. They planned on remaining in the clinic as a show of solidarity with the lives that would be lost there.
The demonstrations all ended in arrest and were reported on by the Created Equal Facebook page, which released this statement earlier today:
This morning, in three different cities across the United States, pro-lifers simultaneously 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, they offered an act of non-violent defense of unborn children about to be aborted, resulting in the pro-lifers’ arrests.
Those defending the unborn entered:
• Northland Family Planning, 3810 17 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI
• Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, 101 S Whiting St. #215, Alexandria, Virginia
• University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health, E, 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM.
Those involved in the “Red Rose Rescue” talked to women scheduled for abortions, extending to them words of encouragement and offering material help. 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. The rescuers, like any others who recognize an urgent situation, responded to dire circumstances of imminent peril in a spirit of intervention on behalf of innocent babies and beleaguered mothers.
The Red Rose Rescue is modeled after the pro-life rescue activity of well-known Canadian activist Mary Wagner, who has repeatedly entered Toronto abortion centers and offered red roses to mothers waiting to have their children aborted.
These rescues did not involve the blockading of abortion center entrances or procedure rooms. 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.
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society who participated in the rescue at the Michigan clinic, explains:
The Red Rose Rescue is an act of charity for women who feel for whatever reason they must have their innocent unborn children killed. Those who took part were willing to embrace risks for these women and their babies. We will go into the very places where the unborn are put to death and extend help to the moms. Should this help be refused—we will not leave the abortion centers but remain in solidarity with the helpless victims oppressed by the injustice of abortion. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that her work was “to go into the dark holes of the poor.”
The Red Rose Rescue is an action of going into the dark holes of the poor–namely abortion centers–where the innocent are rejected–and in these dark holes we seek to bring hope, true peace and the presence of God.
Be sure to keep these defenders of life in your prayers! Let them be an inspiration to us to fight harder than ever for the sanctity of life and to outlaw abortion once and for all.