10 Arrested Blocking Entrance to Kentucky’s Last Abortion Facility to Prevent Murder of Unborn

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 10 people were arrested on Saturday as they blocked the entrance to Kentucky’s last remaining abortion facility to prevent mothers from murdering their unborn children. The effort corresponded with Mother’s Day weekend.

Abortion opponents from across the country gathered outside of EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington to preach the gospel and stand for life. Some of those present, including a pastor, missionary and several youth, sat in front of the entrance to the facility, a practice commonly known in the 1990’s as a rescue.

A statement released by one of the entities associated with the effort, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, outlines that those involved believed that preventing murder superseded the consequence of arrest.

“In the battle to end abortion, the American holocaust, these rescuers have counted the cost and are willing to pay the price to protect the lives of their preborn neighbors,” it states. “These rescuers are exercising the Christian doctrine of interposition. Interposition takes place when one stands in the gap between a strong oppressor and a victim in order to rescue the victim from the oppressor’s hands.”

At approximately 11 a.m. local time, police were called to the scene and witnessed some sitting on the ground in front of the main door to the facility. Rescuers were asked to leave the premises, but refused. Some reports state that they rather linked arms.

Police proceeded to arrest those blocking the entrance to the abortion facility. They were charged with trespassing and released.

As previously reported, EMW Women’s Clinic has been on the verge of closure over technical problems with the facility’s attempts to comply with state requirements to have agreements with a local hospital and ambulance service in the event of a medical emergency.

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Attorneys for the facility sued over the matter in March and a temporary injunction was granted, allowing the location to remain open.

“If Plaintiffs are forced to close their doors, Kentucky women will have almost no ability to access abortion in their state. Some would attempt to induce abortion without a medical provider; others would be forced to delay their abortions in order to travel long distances to other states, which increases the risk and cost associated with the procedure; and some will be forced to carry to term against their will,” the lawsuit contended.

The EMW Women’s Clinic’s Lexington location closed earlier this year as it had been operating without a license, and its landlord decided not to renew the organization’s lease. The facility had been locked in a court battle over the license requirement, which it lost last August as the rule was upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The Louisville location, which already had attracted regular opposition, has consequently become the focus of those who would like to see Kentucky emerge as the first abortion-free state in the nation.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Modern witches kill the unborns. These 10 people are heroes like the members of Dutch Resistance of the Nazi era. Legality is a meaningless lawlessness apart from Christian teachings.

    “If you faint in the day of adversity,
    Your strength is small.
    Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
    And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
    If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’
    Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
    He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
    And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”
    (Proverbs 24)

    • jael2

      Dear Grace,

      One of the dear ladies who laid down her life yesterday is a 82 year old death camp survivor.

      • RWH

        So, this gives her permission to break the law and to prevent others from expressing their rights? Age and background somehow allow someone to participate in vigilante justice?

        • jael2

          It used to be legal in America to own slaves and kill them at their master’s whim.

          It used to be “legal” to murder Jews, Gypsies, and other undesirables under the Nazi regime.

          If you were a slave in the 1800’s or a Jew in the 1940’s, would you consider it “vigilante justice” if someone attempted to save your life?

          • RWH

            Well, we’re in 2017. We’re not dealing with The Spanish Inquisition nor the expulsion of the Jews from England and Spain in the medieval ages. I can also bring up other irrelevant examples of injustices. However, we’re talking about vigilante justice. You don’t like abortion? Work through the legislative process. Bullying and intimidating women does nothing more than to alienate others. It serves no other purpose but to energize the fascist mentality of people who want to force others to do their will.

          • Mr. Buck

            RWH, your words ring hollow. Planned Parenthood has expended every effort over the past 50 years to ensure that those who work through the legislative process will never prevail against them. Hundreds of state laws have been passed “working through the legislative process” and federal judges toss them out as fast as they can be passed. If you and yours actually allowed pro-lifers the fruit of their efforts, they might take such a suggestion seriously.

          • RWH

            Well, isn’t that a crying shame. The anti-choice folks need to use the power of persuasion rather than physical force. When Operation Rescue tried this business in Buffalo years ago, the other side mustered its forces and formed blockades at the entrances of those churches that were the staging areas. The so-called Christians screamed bloody murder when they found that they couldn’t get into their churches the following Sunday. You try to take the law into your own hands. You can’t cry when others turn the tables on you. According to the law and court pronouncements, abortion is a legal choice for women to follow, and the fetus is not considered a person under the law. Deal with it. All you have is the power of persuasion.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Slaves could learn how to read and write and overthrow the masters as Frederich Douglass did. White Christians helped him get education. MLK’s professors were all white men, too. The unborns set for death are truly defenseless. Today’s Western nations are trying to enslave mankind by installing submission to abortion, suicide, and homosexuality. Any historic people are morally far better than today’s Western pervs and their young mental slaves.

          • RWH

            America is a free country. Nobody is enslaving anyone to anything. You just have a problem because people are freely making decisions that you don’t like. Nobody is forcing anyone to have an abortion, or are they forcing people to become a “homosexual.” Our freedoms don’t rest upon other people’s “toleration” or “approval.” You don’t like how others express their rights under the law, just look the other way. And they will also look the other way just as long as you don’t try to create a hostile environment nor hurt them

    • RWH

      There is a lot of difference between these people and the Dutch resistance. These people are trying to physically block people from exercising a constitutional right. They’re persecuting people who wish to enter the clinic. The Dutch resistance was protecting people from being rounded up.

      By the way, if witches were killing babies, we would hear of it. If even one case happened, the conservative and religious media would be broadcasting this ad infinitum.

      • jael2

        No one prevented anyone else from exercising their First Amendment right to freely speak. There is no Constitutional right to murder your preborn child. Roe v Wade ( a decision),is legal fiction. It’s not the law of the land, It’s a violation of God’s law: thou shall not murder.

        • RWH

          Tough luck. It is the law of the land, and even the new Supreme Court justice has affirmed so. According to the law, a fetus has no legal rights. You want a theocracy? Go to the Mid-East. The Taliban and ISIS love those with the mentality that people have the right to force others to do “God’s will.”

          • jael2

            Could you please tell me which United States HB or SB legislated abortion and made it “legal” throughout all nine months of pregnancy?

          • RWH

            Roe v Wade. Apparently, everyone but your small group of hard-core vigilantes accept this as settled law, and you’re not going to get a whole lot of sympathy in the Supreme Court. As conservative as he is, the new Supreme Court justice will have no problems throwing the book at you. He was very clear that Row v Wade is settled law even though you don’t think so. Unfortunately for you, it is his opinion that counts, not yours. However, you’re welcome to stew in your juices because you cannot get your way.

            In Wichita, Kansas back in the summer of 1991, Judge Kelley told your ilk to come with your toothbrushes because you’ll spend an awful long time in jail. It wasn’t like your situation where you got a mild slap on the hand. It was interesting to see Randall Terry, Tucci, and the others quickly hightail it out of town. They got a lot of young people to volunteer to get arrested, and when these young people discovered that a lot of career paths were closed to them on account of their arrest, this bunch just simply dropped these kids on their heads.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            The 14th Amendment. If you don’t understand how, read Roe v. Wade.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Oh? Then why are abortion providers not being sued or prosecuted?

          • jael2

            Oh, their day is coming. Can someone say Nuremberg Trials?
            If they don’t receive their due punishment in this life, they will undoubtedly face the Judge of the whole earth in the near future. No appeals process when they face God Almighty.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            That doesn’t answer my question.

  • jael2

    At least one child was spared a gruesome death yesterday. Today, the mother of that child can celebrate Mother’s Day, instead of being curled up in her bed mourning the death of her son or daughter. O’ Happy Day!

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      You really think she won’t just reschedule? Seriously? If a bunch of people blocked you access to church, would you walk away saying, “well, I’m an atheist now?”

      All these people did was get themselves in a bit of legal trouble. They’ll probably be fined, and the clinic will get retraining orders against them.

      • jael2

        Actually, it was my husband who spoke to the couple. They were still in the parking lot, when they realized they couldn’t kill their child. As they were all crying in the parking lot, they said: “We are keeping our baby” and they drove away.

        Today, this mother had a great Mother’s Day. The few women who actually had their children murdered yesterday did not.

        • RWH

          And how do you know that they didn’t just say that to get you off their backs? I know of people who will say anything just to get people to back off. Maybe they’ll stick to their decision, and maybe they will think things over and will be back in a day or two. Intimidation and scare tactics may disarm people at first, but when they have time to think things over and realize that the boggy man is not at their door, they change their resolve.

        • TheLastHonestLawyer

          How do you know that she had a great Mother’s Day? Did your husband find out what circumstances drove this couple to consider abortion, and work to alleviate that problem? Were they poor? Sick? Facing abuse from family members? Was the mother carrying Tay Sachs?

          Or did you just drive people off with dealing with the root of their problem and smugly declare a win.

      • NCOriolesFan

        Block the church, I don’t care if it is, the service will be held outside.

  • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

    Thank you to the 10: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” – Jesus (Matthew 25:40)

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” – Jesus (Matthew 25:45)

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of His enemies. At the end all His disciples deserted Him. On the Cross He was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause He had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • Parodyx

      Not a single one of those quotes actually refers to abortion.

      • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

        They are ALL applicable to abortion and any other human rights atrocity, because at their core, crimes against humanity share one common theme: the de-humanization of a certain class of humans.

        The fact that your moral compass is so far out of calibration that you cannot recognize this is no warrant against those magnificent quotes applied to abortion, RC.

        • Parodyx

          You are taking old texts which pertain to unrelated things and trying to
          mold them to fit your situation. I would guess that all the people you
          quoted would be utterly disgusted.

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            Why should we trust you projection of what people might think when you do not even know it is wrong to apply the death penalty to innocent humans?

            And, of course, old quotes on crimes against humanity apply to new crimes against humanity because of the common element of de-humanizing the human. If they did NOT apply, then we could never learn from our mistakes.

            Like you seem incapable of doing.

            Finally, the two quotes by Jesus are both meant to apply to anyone who is “the least of these,” in need, and not limited by examples given.

            In fact, Dr. King relied on the writings of the slavery abolitionists and both relied on the Words of Jesus. So that, right there, proves you wrong, unless you are going to say that Dr. King and slavery abolitionists were not allowed to go back in time to retrieve quotes from similar situations and Jesus Himself. 🙂

          • Parodyx

            You seem to claim to know a lot about me for someone who knows nothing about me. Or what I believe. For all you know I could be as rabid an anti-choicer as you are. All I’m saying is your quotes are being used dishonestly.

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            Look, if you want to call Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and slavery abolitionists “dishonest” for referring to past quotes by Jesus of Nazareth and other Biblical figures, fine.

            I’m sorry that my quotes make you feel bad about yourself, or prick your conscience, or make you concerned that you are on the wrong side of history, but the easiest thing for you to do is what I did as an atheist: follow the science to the human in the womb and become a pro-life atheist / agnostic.

            It will NOT turn you into a Christian overnight – I spent nearly two decades as a pro-life atheist before converting to Christianity, and there are many more pro-life secularists, atheists, and agnostics out there today than there used to be. There are websites expressly for them too – like Secular Pro-Life. You do not need to fear changing, and you just might end up liking yourself a little bit better.

          • Parodyx

            But I’m not calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and slavery abolitionists dishonest. I’m calling YOU dishonest for misusing their quotes, which as you know well were used for entirely different matters.

            I doubt very much you were ever an atheist. I suspect you probably had some terrible vice, whether chemical or sexual in nature, and you traded it for fundamentalism via some kind of 12-step program.

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            You said I cannot refer to past quotes and yet Dr. King and slavery abolitionists did exactly the same thing. So yeah, you are calling them dishonest.

            And we have no reason to trust your judgment when it comes to honesty because you do not even know that it is wrong to apply the death penalty to 3000 innocent humans each and every day. If you can’t even get the big things right, crimes against humanity, then you sure cannot get the small things right, like basic honesty.

            And, yeah, by denying my background, you are merely descending into absurdity and trolling at this point, which we have seen you do well on other sites.

            Your dishonesty in making up accusations is one more reason no one should trust you, or what you say.

          • Parodyx

            No, I’m saying you are not using the quotes honestly because none of them were talking about abortion, which is what you attempted to use their quotes for.

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            And yet, when Dr. King and slavery abolitionists used quotes from Jesus applied to abolition or civil rights, they are guilty of the same charge – according to you. And when Dr. King referred to quotes from abolitionists as applied to civil rights, that would have been a violation as well.

            Great reformers ALWAYS refer to past human rights atrocities for the ones they are fighting because that is where the lessons are learned.

            And all human rights atrocities have in common the de-humanization of a particular class of humans – that is the common thread whether it be Native American genocide, slavery, Jim Crow, or abortion.

            Are you pretending to be dense or have you truly never studied the history of these things?

            And what is preventing you from becoming an anti-abortion agnostic / atheist?

          • Parodyx

            Why don’t you find some quotes from some of the great anti-choicers, and then you would be applying them honestly?

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            What is interesting about the King and Bonhoeffer quotes, in addition to the Jesus quotes, is that they all were clearly made as generalizations about any form of injustice. In fact, you may not be aware of it, but the King quote was actually made in the context of the Vietnam War, even though it clearly has great civil rights undertones. Bonhoeffer, like Jesus, intended his quotes as guides for the Christian under any circumstances when facing evils, even though they were made primarily in the context of the Holocaust.

            Of course, the slavery abolitionists made reference not only to Jesus but to the Jews in the OT. Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people, and many OT Biblically-derived songs were sung by abolitionists and slaves seeking freedom. These would all be disallowed under your absurd definition of “honesty.”

            Here are a few quotes by modern-day abortion abolitionists that you might enjoy, including one by the niece of Dr. MLK, Jr – they refer to earlier human rights atrocities:

            “Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness.” — Alveda King

            “Dred Scott and all slaves were told that they were not persons but property and we’re telling babies in the womb that they are not children but that they are the property of their mother. It was ‘inconvenient’ for the slaveholders to not have slaves; and it’s ‘inconvenient’ for mothers to have children they don’t want. But that doesn’t make them any less human.” — Lynne Jackson, great, great-granddaughter of Dred Scott

            All this is germaine to the issue of life that we speak about now. As a people today, when we hear that there are so many abortions in the Black Community, it’s so much against who we are as a people. And we’ve got to make it known to our people that our whole existence in this country has been about the right to life. So how dare we snuff it out!” — Gloria Jackson, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington

            And here is an OT verse most apropos to abortion:

            “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone for what they have done?” — Proverbs 24:11-12

            You should read up and study on the great reformers of the past – it is tremendously exciting history!

          • Parodyx

            I still think if you were honest you would find a series of really great quotes made by people who want to remove a woman’s opinion from her own situation. I’m sure it shouldn’t be too hard to find some amazing misogynist anti-choice gems.

          • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

            Are you lacking in reading comprehension too?!? I just provided them: Alveda King, Lynne Jackson, Gloria Jackson – all women, of color, too.

            Since you apparently do not recognize these black women to be persons, you have just admitted to being not only a racist but a misogynist. Congratulations – you have achieved the highest order of pro-abort! 🙂

          • Parodyx

            I meant instead of those ridiculous misused quotes you provided, not “in addition to”.

          • NCOriolesFan

            Your 2nd paragraph was not called for.

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          • NCOriolesFan

            Labeling pro-lifers as anti-choice says A LOT about you.

          • Parodyx

            I’m sorry you are offended by my honesty.

      • Proverbs 6:12-19New King James Version (NKJV)

        The Wicked Man

        12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
        Walks with a perverse mouth;
        13 He winks with his eyes,
        He shuffles his feet,
        He points with his fingers;
        14 Perversity is in his heart,
        He devises evil continually,
        He sows discord.
        15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
        Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

        16 These six things the Lord hates,
        Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
        17 A proud look,
        A lying tongue,
        Hands that shed innocent blood,
        18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
        Feet that are swift in running to evil,
        19 A false witness who speaks lies,
        And one who sows discord among brethren.

  • NCOriolesFan

    This website should correct itself; the protest was in Louisville, not Lexington. See 2nd paragraph.

    • jael2

      There used to be an EMW abortion mill in Lexington. Perhaps, that why there is an error. Btw, wasn’t a “protest” it was an act of interposition.

      • NCOriolesFan

        it as really an Operation Rescue.