One pro-lifer says a new report suggesting an uptick in illegal activities committed against abortion clinics is unfounded.
The National Abortion Federation has issued a report contending pro-lifers' acts of violence and trespassing have increased significantly. But Sidewalk Advocates for Life Executive Director Lauren Muzyka assures OneNewsNow that pro-life counselors are peaceful and never intentionally break laws. She says if the described incidents were occurring, then they would be the first to know.
"If our folks are successful in outreach, if they're stopping more cars at the driveway, even if they step back and put their toe over the line, they call the police," Muzyka reports. "And so they're lumping that activity, even peaceful activities, they're lumping that all in with these other things that they claim they've seen."
That inflates the figures, when what is really happening is the abortion movement is grabbing at straws, trying to find ways to interfere with the pro-life prayer warriors' First Amendment rights.
"They're trying to find anything on our people," Muzyka states. "Sometimes the city attorneys and police are very pro-abortion, and so they might misapply a city ordinance to try to stop our people, trying to find reasons to interfere with our peaceful First Amendment activities."
The pro-lifer adds, though, that when that approach is challenged, courts invariably rule against the abortion clinics and city authorities. Still, the National Abortion Federation reports it as "anti-abortion" harassment. So considering the source, Muzyka concludes that the study is highly suspect.