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I admire the courage of pro-life side walk counselors

Posted in Created Equal, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life, Sidewalk Counseling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by saynsumthn

I admire courage and especially the courage of pro-life sidewalk counselors. Case in point, most people would back away from anyone threatening them while they stood for preborn children outside an abortion clinic but not veteran pro-life counselor Michele Herzog.

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In full disclosure, I know Michele very well. We both stood in the trenches together for years outside South Florida abortion clinics. She and I also had the unfortunate opportunity to attend the funeral of a woman who died from a legal abortion. The woman’s name was Carolina Gutierrez and I wrote about that experience to some degree here.

Michele has experienced abortion and therefore she has a lot of compassion for the women. But after becoming aware of the reality of what abortion does to the child, Michele also takes an unrelenting stand for the babies. Time after time I have watched Michele stand her ground in defense of little babies. She has been the recipient of all sorts of threats over her many years outside abortion facilities. But, Michele remained unyielding even when rocks were being thrown at her. She also stood up to an abortionist who had given her the most obscene gestures.

Abortionist Randall Whitney shoots the finger at pro-life activist because she refused to call him "doctor."

Abortionist Randall Whitney shoots the finger at pro-life activist because she refused to call him “doctor.”

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Michele represents a number of pro-life warriors who faithfully stand as the last defense to cry out for children about to be executed. Everyone is a hero and each should be commended. Often, they stand alone and a majority of what they receive is negative – yet they return day after day after day. I know this, because, although I know some personally I also follow many of these faithful activists on Facebook and I read the daily comments they post. Many share how often they are abused by the police, abortion clinic staff, passers-by, and patients.

It was such a post that prompted me to write this piece. It took place outside a Florida abortion clinic earlier this month. Michele and others were crying out for a baby whose mother had just driven into the Epoc abortion clinic. Michele wrote about what took place:

“This woman came with her abortion bound friend to the Epoc abortuary on Saturday and was as vile and wicked as they come. She laughed and encouraged her friend to go through with killing her baby and then left her there. Sandra and I wanted to make sure to plead with her one more time to do what she could to get her friend out and to save the innocent baby, so we waited at the corner.”

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“When I first got there she told me she was going to kick my ___ if I didn’t move away. I had given the ministry phone to Sandra’s daughter so she could take pictures and video throughout the afternoon and in this video the woman in the car was ready to jump out after Sandra’s daughter.” That video can be viewed here.

In her usual calm way, Michele asked the woman if she was issuing a threat and reiterated her desire to see her friend’s baby saved from abortion. Michele then pointed out to the woman that the clinic’s owner has no license. James Pendergraft’s medical license has been suspended indefinitely by the state medical board and he was recently arrested in South Carolina for operating an illegal mobile abortion clinic there.

“We tell every abortion bound women and their companions of Pendergraft’s arrest and that they found with instruments with old blood and tissue on them. We tell them of the mobile abortion clinic he was running and the drugs found. Two couples left that day and chose life for their babies, but the rest of the women….none of that seemed to faze them,” she told Live Action News.

Instead of going back to the abortion clinic and warning her friend or simply driving away, the abortion supporter picked up a gallon jug of water she had in her car and hurled it at Michele.

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These kind of incidents have become regular events for pro-life activists. Earlier this week, another pro-life group had their signs illegally removed by an abortion supporter during an awareness campaign in a public overpass.

The intolerance of advocates of “personal choice” is increasingly more vocal and at times vicious. It is another sign of the desperation that the abortion lobby feels as it looses ground in this war. Given the current environment, it is only a matter of time before another abortion advocate physically harms a pro-lifer.

But, Michele and many others who stand between the baby and death on a daily basis do not think about their own risk. For them, their one and only concern is to stop the killing of each baby that day. Perhaps water is not such a scary thing – but – the impressive thing I noted in Michele’s latest video was how unflinching she was knowing the woman was threatening her. The truth is, I would have flinched or ducked or maybe even backed down. But not Michele and that is why I admire her courage and it is why I admire the courage of so many pro-life activists across the country.

All day pro-life event held over major highways in two states

Posted in Pro-life Waco with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by saynsumthn

Drivers were greeted with signs about abortion throughout the day Tuesday as pro-lifers held their dusk to dawn outreach over two major interstates in two states.

In Waco, Texas messages calling for the closing of “Planned Parenthood” and reading “Abortion is not okay” were stationed over the I35 overpass near Baylor University.

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Organizer John Pisciotta called the event, which began at 7am and continued until 7:00pm very successful.

Pisciotta is the director of Pro-life Waco and has been holding these outreaches monthly since the January anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Tuesday’s outreach was the first time the group held an event from “dusk to dawn,” spreading the pro-life message to an estimated 100,000 commuters throughout the day.

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People near the busy highway took to twitter to express their views of the outreach. What appeared to be a student tweeted,”I wish the anti abortion protesters would take down the honk if you agree sign over 35. Some of us have to study…”

While a supporter of the event who either worked or lived nearby wrote this:

    “When there’s a sign outside ur window telling everyone on I-35 to honk if they’re against abortion 🙂 !!!! #blessed”

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Meanwhile in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ProtestABQ held a similar event at an overpass over 125. ProtestABQ spokesperson Bud Shaver, said that, although he has done these outreaches before, he met resistance from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) after the group clipped their banners to the overpass.

Calling the banners “hazardous obstruction in the the right of way, interfering with traffic…” the New Mexico Department of Transportation removed the signs while New Mexico State Police looked on.

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“Protest ABQ prevailed and refused to allow our peaceful, law abiding overpass protest to be shut down by the New Mexico DOT and New Mexico State Police,
” Shaver stated.

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Shaver said that at one point the City Engineer claimed that his banner stating #PlannedParenthood Sells Baby Parts,” was compromising the integrity of the bridge.


“When I appealed to NM State Police to protect my free speech rights the officer replied, “They don’t want your signs on their bridge,
” Shaver stated.

Shaver reported that the outreach was permitted to continue as long as the activists held their pro-life signs.


“It is our hope that thousands will see the truth and have a change of heart as a result of our overpass protests,
” Shaver said.

( Photo Credit: Pro-life Waco and Protest ABQ)

Pro-life groups takes abortion outreach to major highway overpasses in two states

Posted in Pro-life Waco with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2015 by saynsumthn

Two pro-life groups have organized an all day outreaches to expose abortion and Planned Parenthood by planning to place their messages off a busy interstates.

The “dusk to dawn overpass demonstration” is the brainchild of Pro-life Waco director, Johns Pisciotta.

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Pisciotta said the first overpass outreach began in Waco on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade this past January 22nd and has since inspired others to schedule similar events in other cities.

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Pisciotta is a long-time activist whose Pro-life Waco group has exposed the Girl Scouts and Komen for their support of Planned Parenthood.

Since the release of Center for Medical Progress videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s baby parts harvesting operation, Pisciotta has also been busy calling for Bank of America to end their matching donation program for employees who give to Planned Parenthood.

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In addition to matching donations, an Independent audit on Planned Parenthood Federation of America published December 5, 2014 by KPMG, revealed that PPFA holds a long term debt balance for revenue bonds purchased by Bank of America in New York. The proceeds of the bonds were utilized for PPFA’s New York office space. The loan amount was $30,000,000.

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“We know national Bank of America management is considering their predicament. We hope they will make a decision to break with Planned Parenthood. If not, they can simply endure the bad publicity and we can continue to shine the light on the horrific actions of Planned Parenthood,” Pisciotta told supporters on his Hometown Pro-life Action page on Facebook.

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In Tuesday’s first ever dusk to dawn overpass event, Pisciotta hopes to engage over 100,000 travelers on I35 with the message that abortion kills children and Planned Parenthood must be defunded.

“What we’ve decided is that we have to be the media in our signs, in our person, in our words,” he said.

Messages the group will display include: Abortion is never okay, #PPSellsBabyParts, Defund Planned Parenthood.

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Pisciotta said that he also plans to have his latest billboard truck with the message:

    “Babies are for kissing. Not killing and harvesting for profit.”

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In New Mexico, the group, Protest ABQ is also planning an outreach to shed truth to motorists commuting on I25 in Albuquerque.

“Protest ABQ stands in solidarity with Pro-Life Waco and other groups who are determined to shed light on pre-born child killing in the public square,” said organizer Bud Shaver.

Protest ABQ has done these events in the past, but is planning to be at their location all day to coincide with the Waco demonstration.

“It is our hope that thousands will see the truth and have a change of heart as a result of our overpass protests on September 22nd,” Shaver added.

Pisciotta called the September 22nd 7am to 7pm event an “unprecedented event for unprecedented times.

“We’re going to be out there as long as the sun is shining. We do not see this as a Waco event, we see this as a Texas and even Oklahoma event. You can bring your children, all the signs will be G-rated and the area is very secure.

“You can never know the full impact of an event like this,” Pisciotta added stating he is hopeful they will persuade mothers who may be considering abortion to choose life.

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The Waco event will take place at the I35 pedestrian overpass near Baylor University, in Waco. You can get more information by contacting Pro-life Waco at prolifewaco@gmail.com or join the group’s events page on Facebook.

Protest ABQ is planning to conduct their outreach off I25 in Albuquerque at 6000 Brentwood Ln. NE.

Photo images credit: Pro-life Waco.

Pro-choice duo flees scene after attacking pro-life demonstrators

Posted in pro-choice violence, Pro-life Waco with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

This blog has been covering the pro-life overpass demonstrations since they began in Waco, Texas earlier this year.

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The events have been successful and now pro-lifers across the nation are organizing overpass demonstrations to draw attention to the unborn in the womb, nationwide.

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But, this is not sitting well with abortion rights advocates who hate dissent against the abortion-on-demand position.

This week, in Albuquerque, NM an abortion rights activist ripped down the pro-life signs from the members of Protest ABQ were at one demonstration and then threw them over the highway overpass where the demonstration was held.

She did this with her son, both adults, although they did not act like adults, without any concern for who the signs might hit on their way to the ground.

It is not surprising that those who support and condone this barbaric act want to cover up their choice and violently lash out at those who are advocates for these defenseless children,” said Bud Shaver who organized the protest.

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According to the pro-life group, during the demonstration, the woman – acting as the “sign police” and her son began verbally berating members of Protest ABQ and then the woman proceeded to take down the signs and then threw them from the overpass. The incident was captured on video.

The woman also grabbed the phone that was recording the incident and then threw it from the overpass!

Thankfully the phone was located and now the pro-choice activist has had her actions recorded on video for all to see:

For more on this attack click here.

And yes…police were called but the elusive abortion duo fled before they could arrive!

Pro-life overpass demonstration “We Remember Gosnell”

Posted in Kermit Gosnell, Pro-life Waco with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2015 by saynsumthn

Pro-lifers in Waco, Texas have begun a monthly overpass campaign where they expose abortion off a busy highway in the city and this month their focus was the conviction of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

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The group,Pro-life Waco, has had a lot of success in their town exposing Planned Parenthood as well as their connection to the Girl Scouts and Susan G. Komen.

In this high speed traffic situation, short messages with huge lettering appear to work better than images,” said John Pisciotta, a spokesperson for Pro-life Waco, which organized the overpass campaign said.

This past weekend the group set up their “We Remember Gosnell Pedestrian Overpass Demonstration” where they displayed pro-life messages to thousands of motorists across Interstate 35.

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Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of several murder counts after sniping the necks of babies born alive at his house of horrors abortion mill in Philadelphia, Pa.

Overpass demonstrations will be a fitting way to recall and remember a sad chapter of American history,” Pisciotta said.

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This chapter featured a heartless murder rampage of a Philadelphia abortionist, government regulators who looked the other way for years, and a mainstream media that shielded the abortion industry by refusing to report on the Gosnell murders,” he said.

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Pisciotta said that in addition to the motorists which could see the pro-life banners hanging from the highway, the Waco event had a significant flow of pedestrian traffic which allowed the group to share about the abortion holocaust.

In addition to Waco, pro-lifers in several other states also used the 2nd anniversary of Gosnell’s murder‬ conviction to expose abortion as well.

This picture was posted to the Facebook page, Home Town Pro-life Action by Chris Iverson, where pro-lifers in Lombard, IL., took part.

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And activists in Albuquerque, NM set up over Interstate 25, posting these images:

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According to Pisciotta, pro-lifers in San Antonio also took part in the overpass demonstration.

“The pro-life community MUST maintain the memory of the Gosnell murders of the adult mom and born and pre-born babies. We must do the work that the pro-death mainstream press refuses to do,” Pisciotta added.

This blog has posted several times correcting the media about the false claim that Kermit Gosnell was an anomaly. Good for those who continue to keep Gosnell out front as an example of what abortion on demand means in America.