WE WILL NOT GO AWAY
Note: Every time there is an incident of violence against an abortionist,
abortion-rights leaders throughout the country blame peaceful pro-life street
activity for what happened. In response to this reaction, the following
statement has been issued by pro-life leaders, both rejecting violence and
refusing to be accused of promoting precisely what we reject. It is interesting
to note, furthermore, that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had to respond to
the same criticisms when violence on the part of some in the civil rights
movement was blamed on the peaceful activity he was organizing. We have posted
his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, and
especially point out his answer to the
charge of precipitating violence.
For over two decades, people in America who oppose abortion have peacefully
taken this message to the streets.
The recent violent acts of a few people have made some question whether
pro-lifers should continue their street activities.
We first of all reject violence as a solution to any problem. Pro-life people
who choose to kill are being inconsistent. Pro-abortion people who lament the
killings are also inconsistent because they tolerate daily killing of babies.
The only consistent and correct position is to reject both the violence of
shooting and the violence of abortion. That is the position we take.
Pro-life "rhetoric," furthermore, is not a cause of violence. To say
"abortion kills babies" is not "rhetoric"; it is truth. To be silent would be
irresponsible, and it is not an option.
In reality, "pro-choice" rhetoric fuels
violence, because it says life may be destroyed at will.
The pro-life message needs to be proclaimed on the public streets of America.
The biggest mistake prolife people could make at this moment is to retreat from
the streets. To do so would deprive countless people of hearing the pro-life
message, would lead to the loss of many lives that can be saved by prayerful
presence and counseling at abortion mills, and would
create a vacuum which would likely be filled by more violent activity.
Throughout world history, social reform has been effected by people bringing
their message to the streets in organized non-violent ways. This is the moment
to increase such activity. The First Amendment of the US Constitution
guarantees the rights of Americans to do so, even when their message is one
of great controversy.
Pro-life presence in the streets, furthermore, does not have to be limited to
the abortion mills. Presence at the mills is essential, but the women who buy
abortions do not live at these places. They are in every community and
neighborhood. By spreading the truth on every street corner, pro-lifers can save
lives and help persuade the public that violence is never a solution. We intend
to plan, promote, and intensify peaceful, prayerful and legal pro-life
street activity throughout the nation. We will not stop it until abortion
If America wants to reject violence, let it reject abortion without further
Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life
Fr James Heyd
Rev. Flip Benham
Fr Charles Fiore
Rev Keith Tucci
Dr. Curtis I Harris
J Randy Hinsely
Revs Gordon & Nancy Peterson
Fr. Paul Marx
Fr Matthew I Habiger
Monsignor Phillip Reilly
Theo Sterns I .O.P.
Fr Ivan Rovera
Rev Johnny Hunter
Rev. Kirk Heldreth
Edward J. Martin
Chris & Joan Bell
Rev Michael S Warren
Timothy R Fix
Mercedes Arzu Wilson
Jerome F Coniker
Rev Gerald Frank
Rev. James J Pinto
Rev Terry Gensemer
Rev Michael McHugh
Rusty Lee Thomas
Robert Peters, Esq.
J T. Finn
Rev Michael G. I Haley
Rev Robert Schenck
Tim & Terry Palmquists
Robert E Cooley
Mr. Gerry Zeller
Rev. Daniel Vinzant
Fr. Francis Butler