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Pro-Life Activist killed while protesting abortion

September 11, 2009

There was a killing on the morning of September 11, 2009 of a prolife activist who was protesting abortion in front of a high school in Owosso, Michigan.

James Pouillon of Owosso was well-known in the area for his pro-life activities.  He was known as “the abortion sign guy" and known for standing on street corners holding up signs with pictures of aborted children.

Priests for Life Press Release: James Pouillon Is Another Victim of Abortion Say Priests for Life Leaders Pavone, Morana, and King

First statement from Fr. Frank Pavone

"....But this is a time to console one another, and to renew our determination to organize peaceful protests. It is no time for fear. And I am waiting to hear the abortion advocates condemn this killing."

First statement from Dr. Alveda King, Priests for Life Director of African American Outreach

“First and foremost, violence is reprehensible. A sure way to stop the murdering spirit that is ravaging America is to stop murdering babies in the womb. We grieve with the family over the loss of yet another prolife valiant warrior.” 

A New York Times Article Stated:

Officials are investigating whether Mr. Pouillon, who had been involved in anti-abortion efforts for decades, was singled out because of those views. Local newspapers reported that he had been carrying photographs of fetuses outside the school shortly before the shooting.

Prosecutors said the suspect, who is 33, targeted Mr. Pouillon because he disapproved of the victim’s protests in front of children at the school.

“There was some displeasure with how open he was,” said Sara Edwards, the chief assistant prosecutor for Shiawassee County. “He tended to carry big signs with very graphic pictures of fetuses.”

Ms. Edwards said the suspect would likely be charged later Friday. 

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