This week, LifeSiteNews reported that five Red Rose Rescuers were sentenced for their peaceful effort to save babies’ lives at an abortion facility in Michigan.
On September 15, 2017, pro-lifers in Michigan (and in three other states) entered an abortion center to talk to women scheduled for abortions. Five were arrested after they peacefully refused to leave the clinics when told to do so by law enforcement.
Monica Miller (one of the rescuers) describes the Red Rose Rescue:
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. 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.
The five individuals (Robert Kovaly, Matthew Connolly, Monica Miller, Patrice Woodworth, and Will Goodman) went on trial in February for their actions. The trial judge imposed rules so that no one in the jury would know that the actions had anything to do with abortions or an abortion facility. All the jury knew was that the defendants entered a medical facility and refused to leave. As a result, it only took the jury 30 minutes to come back with guilty verdicts for each of the defendants.
On Wednesday of this week, the judge sentenced the five pro-life activists to one year of reporting probation, eight days of community service, more than $1,000 in fines each, and forbade them from going within 500 feet of any abortion facility in the United States. It is expected that some of the defendants will not agree to pay any fines and will spend up to four months in jail. In addition, it is hard to imagine that these five heroic pro-lifers will stay away from abortion facilities.
American Life League president Judie Brown issued the following statement and call for prayer:
The Red Rose Rescue effort is a peaceful, nonviolent way of reaching out to expectant mothers and their preborn children in a last-minute attempt to rescue them from the clutches of an abortionist. As one would expect in this violent culture of ours, their loving approach has been met with many kinds of reactions, but none so cruel as the judge who sentenced five Red Rose Rescuers to fines, community service, and, most egregiously, forbade them from going within 500 feet of an abortion mill. Imagine what it would have been like if some judge had so ruled against rescue efforts designed to protect the victims of the Nazi atrocities! The word evil comes to mind when thinking of this ruling.
Sophie Scholl, one of the leaders of the Nazi resistance who was executed at a young age, once said: “Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.” The Red Rose Rescuers act according to the same principle as they work to save innocent lives. Let us therefore remember always the that direct murder of little babies by abortion is the worst sentence anyone could imagine. Let us pray for each and every one of the Red Rose Rescuers.
We ask all of our readers to pray for these courageous individuals and ask God to protect them as they go forward and try to stop abortionists from ending the lives of human beings created by God for a specific purpose.