Fr. Frank Pavone responds to Nationwide
Thanks Judge for Vindicating Pro-life Activities
The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern
Division, has just issued a nationwide injunction in relation to the "Now vs.
Scheidler" case that has been in progress for twelve years.
The injunction rightly prohibits violence and threats of violence. Yet I know
nobody in the world more opposed to violence than Joseph Scheidler, Andrew
Scholberg, and Timothy Murphy, defendants in this case.
While pro-abortion forces claim victory in this injunction, it actually
vindicates what we do in the pro-life movement. The injunction specifically
states that it "does not prohibit or preclude expressive activities that are
constitutionally protected, including but not limited to the following conduct:
a) Peacefully carrying picket signs on the public property in front of any
Plaintiff Clinic; b) Making speeches on public property; c) Speaking to
individuals approaching the clinic; d) Handing out literature on public
property; and e) Praying on public property."
I thank the Judge for making it crystal clear that we have a perfect right to
these activities. We will intensify them all over the country, and not a single
facility that provides abortion will be skipped over.
Conduct that is enjoined includes "interfering with the right of any member
of the Certified Class of Plaintiff Clinics to conduct its business
(including…the right to provide abortion services)."
The injunction speaks of the "right to provide abortion services." No such
right, morally speaking, ever existed or ever will exist. Any law that upholds
such a right is not a valid law.
The injunction likewise speaks of the "right" of a woman "to avail herself of
the Plaintiff Clinics' services," including "abortion services." No such right,
morally speaking, ever existed or ever will exist. Any law that upholds such a
right is not a valid law.
We will continue to teach what Pope John Paul II reminded us of in his
encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (1995): "Laws which authorize and
promote abortion … are completely lacking in authentic juridical validity. There
is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and
clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection." (EV 72-73)
Rest assured. The pro-life movement has only just begun.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
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