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Aborted baby Found in Trash at Ohio Clinic Where Red Rose Rescue Took Place

Dr. Miller Responds to Bishop McElroy No Communion for Pro-Abortion Catholics

Red Rose Rescue Featured in Crisis Magazine!
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Biden Should Not Receive Holy Communion--Here's WHY
Here is CPLS Director's Article on the Issue of Biden and the Reception of Holy Communion -- Click here:

Red Rose Rescue National Pro-Life Conference
was held in St. Charles MO., on Dec. 12th
The whole event was
Informative, Stimulating and Inspiring!
The Windsor Room at the Embassy Suites Hotel, St. Charles, MO. was full of participants at the Red Rose Rescue National Pro-life Conference, with chairs set apart for social distancing.
See here all of the speeches!!
Hear Professor Janet Smith, Joe Scheidler, Monica Migliorino Miller, Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Will Goodman, Lauren Handy, Mary Wagner, and Jonathan Darnel
Just Click on this Link and You’ll Be There
As we head into the uncertain future of 2021—and very possibly a pro-death presidency—let us never waiver in our commitment to end abortion. And Red Rose Rescue is one of the most effective ways to defend the unborn, offer help to their mothers—and witness to the sanctity of LIFE!

Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders Sign Open Letter to the American Catholic Bishops
The letter, a project of CPLS asks the Bishops to publically draw attention to the fact that Biden, who claims to be a Catholic, supports abortion on demand for the full term of pregnancy—and to declare that abortion is the “preeminent priority” when voters decide for whom to vote!
Click Here  to download Letter (one page smaller print)
Click Here  to download Letter (two pages larger print)

Here's the Article that Explains
the Meaning of Social Distancing
-- and It's Connection to Abortion
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Three Red Rose Rescues
Take Place in One Week
One in Grand Rapids, MI, May 13th And
Two in Washington, D.C., May 14th
Two Priests Are Among the 9 Pro-lifers Arrested
When They Defended the Unborn
See Links to News Stories at end of this Memo
Fidelis Mochinski is placed under arrest when he defended the unborn at the Capital Women’s Clinic abortion center, May 14, 2020. (Photo credit: Ruby Nicdao)

Braving the Corona Virus, 14 pro-lifers, all donning personal protection equipment, participated in three Red Rose Rescues. Nine of the twelve were arrested. On Wednesday, May 13th an RRR took place at the Heritage Women’s Center abortion clinic operated by abortionist Thomas Gordon in Grand Rapids, MI.

While 30 pro-lifers from various pro-life groups, including Sidewalk Advocates for Life, and faithful sidewalk counselor Leisa Snow assembled outside to pray and counsel women scheduled for abortion, six Red Rose Rescuers entered the abortion center parking lot to talk to the mothers and anyone else accompanying them. The clinic’s large parking lot makes one-on-one engagement with women scheduled for abortions nearly impossible. The goal of the rescuers was to enter the lot so that they could have personal engagement with the women, to provide practical help, give them information on the humanity of their unborn children and offer them red roses as a sign of life, peace, love and hope. The rescuers spaced out their attempts to talk to the mothers, taking turns entering the parking lot.

Eventually two Grand Rapids police officers arrived in two police vehicles. Rescuers Monica Migliorino Miller, Robert Kolavy and Matthew Connolly were ushered into the police vans and issued citations for trespassing. Miller told the officer: “We can’t just leave the parking lot as long as women were coming to kill their babies. We have to be here to offer real help to the moms. We have to be on the parking lot to talk to them in a meaningful way. Lives are at stake.” The other officer stated: “Lady, don’t you know there are homicides in Grand Rapids we have to respond to—and you are taking upon our precious time.” to which Miller responded: “Exactly! There are homicides going on right here! And no one is protecting these innocent unborn children.”

Miller and Kolavy were issued citations for trespassing and immediately released with a warning not to “trespass” on clinic property again. Mysteriously Matthew Connolly was merely asked a few questions while in police custody and released without being charged!

Ann Norton, veteran Michigan pro-life activist offers a rose to boyfriend of woman scheduled for abortion at the Heritage Women’s Clinic during Grand Rapids, MI. Red Rose Rescue.
(Photo credit: Stephen Kokx of LifeSite News).

Later, three other rescuers were also issued citations, including 21 year-old Caroline Davis who was arrested even though at the time of her arrest she was standing on the public sidewalk near the driveway of the clinic as she tried to appeal to the consciences of the police officers in the process of arresting rescuer Heather Idoni.

Toward the end of the RRR a young couple entered the driveway and a Sidewalk Advocate for Life counselor approached the boyfriend who was driving the car. She was able to talk to him and gave him pamphlets and urged them to receive an ultra sound at a local pregnancy help center. The couple however drove into the parking lot but sat in the car talking for at least 20 minutes. Then the girl came out and entered the clinic, at which point I was able to say a few words to her not to abort her baby. Five minutes later she exited the clinic and went back to the car.

At this point your CPLS director decided to try and reach the couple. I walked around the block and stood near to the back of the parking lot from the adjoining property. The girlfriend looked at me as I held out a rose to her. Suddenly the boyfriend started the car and they pulled out of the lot! We can say with confidence that this was at least a woman turned away from abortion and can only hope and pray she will not come back and will embrace the life of her baby!

21 year-old Caroline Davis is arrested when she defended the unborn at the Heritage Women’s Center abortion clinic, May 13th, Grand Rapids, MI.
Those issued citations for trespassing are your CPLS director Monica M. Miller, Heather Idoni, Robert Kolavy, 75 year-old Ann Norton and 21 year-old Caroline Davis. Our court appearance is pending.
Two Priests Arrested in Washington, D.C. Red Rose Rescues

May 14th. Fr. Fidelis Moscinski of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and Father Stephen Imbarrato, two priests dedicated to the mission of the Red Rose Rescue were among those who participated in two RRRs in Washington D.C. Fr. Fidelis and Will Goodman were arrested at the Capital Women’s Center. Fr. Fidelis entered the clinic while Will Goodman accompanied by rescuer Joan McGhee remained in the hallway outside where women scheduled for abortions were lined up waiting to be called into the clinic. Goodman and McGhee spoke to several of the women, some of whom took his pamphlets. Goodman was able to distribute all the roses to the women in the hallway. Joan McGhee left the hallway to talk to mothers who were entering the building and was not arrested.

One African American woman was seen by sidewalk counselors exiting the building holding the red rose and pro-life pamphlets.

Police eventually arrived and placed Fr. Fidelis and Will Goodman under arrest and charged them with unlawful entry. One officer who identified himself as a member of the Knights of Columbus discreetly refused to participate in the arrests saying: “I just cannot arrest a priest.”

The second D.C. RRR occurred at the Washington Surgi-Center abortion clinic owned and operated by abortionist Cesare Santangelo. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Linda Mueller entered the hallway outside of the clinic and talked to women as they came for their abortion appointments and offered them red roses. Jonathan Darnell and John Paul Gies stationed themselves in the lobby below and were able to talk with and give roses to a few women entering the building for their abortion appointments. When police arrived, Fr. Imbarrato and Linda Mueller were placed under arrest. Gies and Darnell exited the building. They hoped to re-entered and continue to conduct the rescue but police presence made it impossible for them to regain access to the building. At this point they made a decision to go to the Capital Women’s Center hoping they could participate in the rescue there.

Fr. Fidelis and Will Goodman were taken into custody pro-lifers Darnell and Gies entered the building. Gies stationed himself in the building’s lobby to talk to any women who might still be arriving for their abortions while Darnell entered the abortion facility. By then all of the women had been taken into the back portion of the clinic. Darnell made efforts to speak to them—hoping that they might still be able to hear his plea not to abort and offer them help. He was in the clinic for well over an hour and his time is recorded here: 


including his conversation with police officers debating legalized abortion, conscience and the moral law!

Police officers permitted Darnell and Gies to leave the building without being arrested. However, rescuer Matthew Connolly who had participated in the Grand Rapids RRR arrived at the Capital Women’s Center. He entered the building and while remaining in the lobby also counseled women coming for their abortion appointments. Not knowing he was connected to the rescue, police paid no attention to him and he was able to eventually simply leave without being arrested.

To this week’s 3 RRRs we add the 4th RRR that took place April 30th in Baton Rouge, LA. William Goodman and Tony Puckett were arrested when they entered the abortion facility. See below for story about the Baton Rouge RRR.

Right Now We Ask for Prayers-- Please pray first for mothers scheduled for abortions! Pray for the Rescuers as we now enter the second phase of the Red Rose Rescue—namely the witness to the unborn we give in Court.

Two Pro-Lifers Arrested in Red Rose Rescue Two Mothers Turned Away From Abortion And Eight Other Women Left the Clinic

Thursday, April 30th a Red Rose Rescue was conducted at the Delta Clinic, 756 Colonial Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. Pro-life demonstrators including well-known Baton Rouge activist Richard Mahoney arrived at the clinic at 7:30 am. He was accompanied by Red Rose Rescuers Lauren Handy and Patrice Woodword. Their intention was to speak to all of the women arriving for their abortions who lined up on the parking lot waiting their turn to enter the abortion facility. Seventy pro-lifers soon assembled outside of the clinic, some quietly praying while others held signs.

Will Goodman on left and Tony Puckett, right, are placed under arrest when they defended the unborn from abortion at the Delta Clinic, Baton Rouge, LA.

At about 9:40am the Delta Clinic abortionist, Nigerian-born Nsikan St. Martin arrived. When the clinic security guard was distracted escorting her into the facility, Will Goodman and Tony Puckett, both donning personal protective equipment, quietly slipped into the clinic’s side door which was unlocked. They quickly gained access to the abortion center’s waiting room. Four women were already inside the abortion procedure rooms waiting for the abortionist to administer the first dosage of the RU-486 chemical abortion.

Will Goodman and Tony Puckett were soon confronted by two clinic staff members one of whom asked “What are you doing here?” Goodman explained: “We are offering roses to anyone in the clinic,” and proceeded to offer roses to each of the women. They seemed puzzled and took the roses one of them saying: “Well, this is very nice of you.” The other staff member however read the card attached to the roses that addressed words of hope and encouragement to abortion-minded women urging them to choose life with phone numbers of local pregnancy help groups. The clinic worker became furious, pulled all but one rose out of Goodman’s hands, threw them on the floor and demanded that Goodman and Puckett leave the facility. Goodman explained: “We can’t leave. We are here to help mothers choose life.” The staff member responded: “You cannot be in this building unless you are getting an abortion. Are you getting an abortion, sir?” Goodman stated: “Of course not, we are here in peace to prevent the abortions and offer hope to the mothers.” The staff member grabbed Goodman’s shoulder at which point Goodman dropped to the floor in a passive posture. Puckett, still holding his roses, knelt down on one knee.

The rescuers were confident that the women in the procedure rooms could hear the exchange between them and the clinic staff. Soon one woman came out from the back hallway and, while Goodman was limp on the floor, she exited the building in tears. She did not obtain the abortion as the abortionist had not yet entered the building.

Eventually the security guard and abortionist St. Martin walked into the clinic’s waiting room and yelled at the rescuers saying that they needed to “Get out!” While they were preoccupied with the rescuers the parking lot remained “unguarded.” Rescuers Lauren Handy and Patrice Woodwood took the opportunity to enter the lot. They talked with the women who were still lined up waiting to get into the facility. Of the fifteen women, seven accepted the roses offered to them. One woman actually asked Handy if she could have one of the roses. Lauren spoke to her for a few moments, told her that her own phone number was on the card attached to the rose and encouraged the woman to call her. The woman left the line, walked back to her car and drove off.

Goodman offered his remaining rose to abortionist St. Martin but she refused to accept it. Instead both she and the security guard proceeded to drag Goodman out of the facility. Baton Rouge police officers had already arrived with ten police vehicles cluttering the parking lot. Several women were still standing in line waiting to get into the clinic. Four of them, apparently unnerved by the commotion caused by the presence of so many police officers, left the line, got in their cars and exited the parking lot.

Goodman was dragged outside the clinic and “deposited” on the pavement near the clinic’s front door. Then the security guard retrieved Puckett and escorted him out of the facility as well. At this point four other women exited the abortion center, and appeared very angry. Apparently, for reasons unknown, they had been turned out of the clinic and were denied whatever “service” they had hoped to obtain. Altogether ten women left the clinic during the Red Rose Rescue.

(Photo above: Pro-lifer offers prayers during Red Rose Rescue at the Delta Clinic, April 30, 2020)

The police warned Goodman and Puckett they needed to leave the property or they would be arrested. Goodman explained: “We cannot do that Officer. We are here to defend the helpless unborn scheduled to be put to death.” One Officer appeared sympathetic to the rescuers and stated: “I totally understand what you are doing and if I wasn’t wearing this uniform I’d tell you exactly what I think.” Goodman and Puckett expressed their resolve not to leave the property, thus they were handcuffed and taken into custody. The police were concerned that the rescuers were not going to walk on their own to the waiting police vehicles and threatened them with resisting arrest if they practiced “passive resistance.” Goodman asked if the police squad cars could be driven up to them and if so, they would agree to get up and enter the cars. The officers complied with this request.

Goodman and Puckett were taken to the local police station, booked while remaining in the police cars and released immediately with a charge of “Failure to Disperse.” They are scheduled to appear in court June 29.

It should be noted that only the security guard and the abortion center receptionist wore face masks. Abortionist St. Martin did not practicing any social distancing when she engaged the rescuers; wore no personal protective equipment and did not observe the six foot social distancing rule. Both Goodman and Puckett informed all abortion clinic staff that they intended to observe social distancing restrictions—but clinic staff chose not to comply.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, who helped organize the Baton Rouge rescue and is a founding member of Red Rose Rescue states: “If abortion clinic staff can enter a clinic to kill the unborn, and if an abortionist can enter to kill the unborn, all during a Coronavirus pandemic, then certainly pro-lifers can also enter an abortion clinic to defend and possibly even save the unborn. It is quite clear that at least two women did not kill their babies today, and possibly even more as a consequence of the Red Rose Rescue. No matter what, the Red Rose Rescuers performed a practical act of love for these mothers and their babies. Even in this time of crisis we still need to be there, to go into the dark holes of the poor as far as we can, and love all those who are unwanted.”


2411 Aborted Babies Killed By
Deceased Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer
 Laid to Rest, Feb. 12, 2020 at
Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend, Ind.
Indiana Attorney General Honored the Victims-- See His Graveside Speech Here:
Your CPLS Director Was There With Other Pro-Lifer Leaders and
About 200 Others Who Came to Pay Their Respects.

Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life would like to thank all those who submitted a name for the “Klopfer” Baby Victims.
 In early September 2019, 2,246 aborted babies were found at the Crete, IL. home of deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer and another 100 bodies stashed in the trunk of his Mercedes Benz stored on a gated lot in Dolton, Il. Click the dove link below to view the full list!

We have been in touch with the Indiana Catholic Conference and the Diocese of South Bend/Fort Wayne. The burial for the Klopfer-baby victims has NOT yet been set by the Indiana Attorney General who still has custody of the bodies. As soon as we learn of the burial date—we will let everyone know.
Click here to see the baby names

Abortion is THE Most Important Social Justice Issue in the 2020 Election: Your CPLS Director Explains Why in this Catholic World Report Article
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Two Priests Among Those Arrested in Red Rose Rescue, July 13, 2019

And Two Women Turned Away During the Rescue at New Jersey Abortion Facility

Charged With Trespassing, All Four Rescuers Were Released On Their Own Recognizance

See Below LifeSite News Article with Many Photos!
See Below News Articles with Many Photos!
During the Rescue one woman who began to weep left the abortion facility. Another woman, about 18 years old, whose mother was pressuring her to abort her baby, also left with her mother after sidewalk counselors talked to her. These are "turn-aways" from abortion and we can only PRAY that their babies will be saved. Thanks to the Red Rose Rescue, the babies are alive as of July 13th.

Friday, June 7th Pro-Lifers Conduct
Red Rose Rescue at Women's Center
Abortion Clinic in Flint, MI.
Four of the Rescuers Arrested When They Opted to Stay in the Abortion Center
in Solidarity with the Unborn
About to Be Executed
See Links to News Stories Below Secular Press Was Very Fair!!
25 year-old Lauren Handy arrested for protecting the unborn
at Flint, MI abortion clinic, June 7, 2019

On Friday, June 7th, at approximately 8:30am 7 pro-lifers entered the abortion facility of the Women’s Center of Flint, MI, 3422 Flushing Rd. including your Citizens for a Pro-Life Society director. We sat down next to women seated in the waiting room and offered them material help and words of encouragement to leave the clinic and choose life for their babies. We had about 10 minutes to counsel the women before clinic staff rounded them up and ushered them into a hallway off of the waiting room.

At this point the rescuers sang hymns, prayed and tried to communicate with the women who were just in the next hallway. Your CPLS director left the clinic when one of the women came out of the back hallway and exited the facility. I hoped to talk to her in the parking lot and tried to persuade her to give life to her baby. Sadly however, she went back into the abortion clinic. While the rescue continued I stayed in the parking lot and continued to counsel other women who were arriving for their abortions.

In the meantime one of the rescuers, Rhonda, was actually able to gain access to the back hallway as the clinic staff believed she was one of their customers. She attempted to talk to the moms and offer them literature. When one of the women said: "Why are you back here with us?" Rhonda cleverly replied: "I'm back here with you because like your mother, my mother gave me life!"

A few of the women in the waiting room did take red roses offered to them and pro-life pamphlets as well. I was able to leave pro-life literature on a shelf near chairs in the waiting room before I left the clinic.

Police place Matthew Connolly and Patrice Woodworth under arrest
during June 7, 2019 at Women's Center of Flint, MI
abortion clinic in Red Rose Rescue.

Four of the rescuers stayed in the clinic refusing to leave when told to do so by law enforcement when a contingent of ten Flint Township offers arrived! The four rescuers intended to offer an act of non-violent defense of unborn children about to be aborted. The philosophy of the Red Rose Rescue is that the unborn scheduled for abortion are the true outcasts of society--they are the abandoned and the unwanted--and they deserve to have someone BE WITH THEM as they are about to go off to their execution. Moreover, we know, after this, the 14th Red Rose Rescue, that as long as there is a pro-life presence inside the abortion center--the killing is stopped!

The June 7th Red Rose Rescue is the 3rd such Rescue to take place in Michigan since the first took place Sept. 15, 2017 at the Northland Family Planning Clinic in Sterling Hts. Attached to each rose offered to the women is a card that states on one side “You were made to love and to be loved... your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” Phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers are listed on the reverse side of the card.

Abortion clinic manager Peggy Thon films arrest of pro-life rescuer Patrice Woodworth.

The Flint abortion center is owned and operated by Michigan resident Victoria Moore who also owns an abortion center in Saginaw. Theodore Roumell first performs abortions at the Saginaw facility while women, told to arrive at 8:30 at the Flint clinic, wait literally for hours for the abortionist to arrive. Second trimester abortions are conducted Mondays and are performed by abortionist Reginald Sharpe.

Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society organizer of the Red Rose Rescue explains: “The Red Rose Rescue is an act of charity for women who feel for whatever reason they must have their innocent unborn children killed. Those who take part are willing to embrace risks for these women and their babies. We will go into the very places where the unborn are put to death and extend help to the moms. Should this help be refused—we will not leave the abortion centers but remain in solidarity with the helpless victims oppressed by the injustice of abortion. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that her work was ‘to go into the dark holes of the poor.’ The Red Rose Rescue is an action of going into the dark holes of the poor where the innocent are rejected—and in these dark holes we seek to bring love, hope, and true peace to the women scheduled for abortions, encouraging them to choose life.” (Photo above: Will Goodman under arrest)

Those arrested at the clinic June 7th are William Goodman, Lauren Handy, Patrice Woodworth and Matthew Connolly, ranging in age from 50 to 25 years of age. They expect to be arraigned before a judge on Monday, June 10th. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM-- AND PRAY FOR A WOMAN NAMED TAYLA-- A WOMAN I COUNSELED FOR OVER 20 MINUTES WHO MAY COME BACK TO THE CLINIC FOR 2nd Trimester ABORTION!
Here are news stories on the Rescue--
Indeed Lots of secular media covered it !!

Picture of aborted baby leaves pro-abortion lawmakers speechless
click on the image below to go to LifeSite News to read the article and to view the video of of Dr. Miller's presentation
click on the link below to go to YouTube to hear Dr. Miller's presentation

2018 Ends With Two Red Rose Rescues
A Couple Left the Planned Parenthood Abortion Center in New Jersey!
Pray for Them!
See News Stories Below— Including Secular Press,
The Trentonian
Fr. Stehpen Imbarrato talks to police officers outside the door of the Washington, DC
Surgi-Center during the Dec. 20th Red Rose Rescue.

Two Red Rose Rescues took place just before Christmas—the first December 20th at the Washington Surgi-Center, in which the abortion center was essentially shut down for over 3 hours due to the presence of the rescuers—namely Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Linda Mueller and Laura Gies.

The second RRR occurred at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Trenton, New Jersey on December 22. This is the first time that an RRR occurred at a Planned Parenthood abortion center. At about 9am four Red Rose Rescuers entered the abortion center at 437 State Street in Trenton—Fr. Fidelis Moscinski of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, William Goodman, Patrice Woodward and Matthew Connolly. Six women were already seated in the waiting room, two of them Hispanic couples accompanied by their boyfriends. Will Goodman spoke to one of the Hispanic couples. He gave them literature, talked to them about the humanity of their unborn child and gave them a red rose which they accepted. During the course of the rescue the couple, who definitely were there for an abortion, got up and left the PP abortion facility.

All of the women in the PP clinic were counseled by the Red Rose Rescuers and were given roses before the Planned Parenthood staff moved the women to another part of the abortion facility. At that point the rescuers stayed in the waiting room praying and singing hymns until the police arrived. The officers warned the rescuers that they were trespassing. But Fr. Fidelis and Will Goodman explained that their presence was needed to defend the unborn scheduled for execution stating: “We cannot leave. Innocent unborn children are about to be put to death and we have opted to stay with them.”


The goals of a Red Rose Rescue are two-fold:

a) to offer help and words of encouragement to the mothers, to persuade them to turn away from their abortion decision and

b) to offer a loving act of defense on behalf of the unborn about to be aborted—to abide with them in the moment of their abandonment.

(Photo at left: Fr. Fidelis Moscinski placed under arrest at Planned Parenthood in Trenton New Jersey. Photo by Fr. William Kuchzinski)

This is why Red Rose Rescuers do not leave the abortion centers—they do not leave—they must be removed.

At the RRR in D.C. the three rescuers entered the abortion facility a little after 9am. They made an effort to talk to the mothers. After several minutes however the women were told to move to a “back room” away from the rescuers. Since the clinic is located in a high-rise building the rescuers made a clever decision to exit the waiting room and stay in the hallway near the door of the facility. Now they had access to all of the other women coming for their abortions! Clinic staff having no authority to remove the rescuers from the building hallway, Fr. Stephen, Linda and Laura remained there for nearly three hours until the building manager could be located. The police who had arrived in the meantime had no authority to remove the rescuers until the manager indicated that he did not want the rescuers inside his building. Only then were Fr. Stephen, Linda and Laura placed under arrest.

Upon their release from jail, rescuers returned to the Planned Parenthood in Trenton, N.J. to pray for the mothers and the staff, and for an end to abortion. Pro-life rescue heroine Joan Andrews Bell (in yellow hat) knelling in prayer. Fr. Fidelis is to her right. Patrice Woodworth is at extreme right. Matthew Connolly is knelling 2nd from left.
Photo by Monica Miller—CPLS Director

While they were in the hallway abortionist Cesare F. Santangelo never arrived. The Washington Surgi-enter was thus shut down for over three hours. This abortion center has seen its share of scandal and controversy.

Lifesite News reports:

Washington Surgi-Clinic is one of the 19 abortion facilities in the DC metropolitan area. Known for providing late-term abortions, Cesare F. Santangelo has a history of medical malpractice. Court documents obtained by Operation Rescue showed a 2011 medical malpractice/wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a women who died during an abortion.

A 2013 undercover video from Live Action showed that Santangelo [was willing to leave] a baby struggling for life to die after a failed abortion. “Hopefully we’ll get this pregnancy out intact, but it doesn’t always happen that way,” Santangelo [told] an undercover Live Action investigator who [was] 24 weeks pregnant. “I try and sever the umbilical cord first, and we wait for that to stop pulsing, and this way the fetus is expired first.”


Responses to the Sidewalk Advocates for Life Video that Criticized the Red Rose Rescues
In late February 2018 Sidewalk Advocates for Life posted a video on You Tube entitled: “Desperate Measures.” It was a 23 minute-long criticism of Red Rose Rescues.
Citizens for a Pro-life Society has much respect for the work of SAFL and your CPLS director has spent literally decades outside of abortion centers sidewalk counseling women to not abort their babies since 1978. We feel that CPLS cannot simply stand by and not offer a response to the video.
We feature here the elegant rebuttal composed by veteran pro-lifer Richard Cowden Guido. I hope that you will read it!
Richard Cowden Guido
Also, at the end of this memo is the response of Abby McIntyre, the 21 year-old Indiana State college student who was arrested in the first RRR at the Northland Family Planning abortion center, Sept. 15, 2017 in Sterling Hts. MI.
Also—PLEASE see this excellent response that was issued by Operation Rescue.
Operation Rescue
Please pray for me—and my fellow Red Rose Rescuers Matthew Connolly, Will Goodman, Patrice Woodward and Robert Kolavy as we face sentencing March 14th for the Dec. 2, 2017 RRR we did at the Women’s Center abortion center in West Bloomfield, MI.
See below the Janet E. Smith and below the Abby McIntyre response details about that Red Rose Rescue and our court experience.

A Response to the Sidewalk Advocates for Life anti Red Rose Rescue Video Offered by Professor Janet E. Smith

Janet E. Smith

Fr. Michael J. McGivney
Chair of Life Ethics
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI

(The views expressed here are entirely my own and not of the institution.)
Sidewalk Advocates for Life have put out a video arguing that the work of “rescuing groups” such as Red Rose Rescue is damaging to the pro-life movement. Of course they are to be commended for their dedication to saving the lives of the unborn and ministering to the women who seek abortion and those accompanying them. Their desire to protect the work they do is laudable.
They have, it seems, three major concerns:

1) that should rescuing groups continue their work, legal systems will push and push successfully to have buffer zones put in place around abortion mills not only for the abortion mills occupied by rescuers but mills in the near-by area and beyond. This would make it nearly impossible for side-walk counselors to have access to those entering abortion mills and thus many fewer lives would be saved.

2) They argue that such rescues are ineffective for saving lives; that the abortion mills quickly move the women into protected areas and abortions proceed apace.

3) They find the arrival of the police to be terribly upsetting to the women and the staff, who then view the rescuers as fanatical law-breakers, whereas those who come day in and day out in all kinds of weather to sidewalk counsel make a powerful impression because of their perseverance.
These are not baseless concerns. Their concerns deserve a response.
Prof. Monica Migliorino Miller who has served the prolife movement in nearly every possible capacity, filmed a brief justification for the action of Red Rose Rescue six months before the Sidewalk Advocacy Group produced its video. It is hard to imagine a more dedicated pro-lifer than Prof Miller. She has spent months in jail for her attempts to rescue the unborn, once as the mother of a newborn. She regularly jeopardizes her livelihood because of her actions and speech. She has organized national conferences; she has done thousands of hours of sidewalk counseling; she has financially supported single mothers at a sacrificial level; she has rescued the corpses of aborted babies from dumpsters and kept them in her apartment or home until she could provide them with beautiful burials; she has been responsible for the closing of several abortion mills by revealing their illegal activities; she wrote Abandoned, one of the finest books about the prolife movement.
So clearly we cannot take her views lightly, not only because she has “paid her dues” but because her long term commitment to the unborn and sacrifices for them give her a special kind of knowledge. Thomas Aquinas argues that those who have a deep familiarity with a reality, can be said to have “connatural knowledge”, the kind of knowledge that someone who has worked with horses for years has of horses and those who have studied the qualities of wine, have of wine. Even if these people cannot fully explain their judgments, their judgments carry great weight. But, in fact, Prof Miller can fully explain her judgments in a voice and with a demeanor that powerfully convey her love for the unborn, their mothers and fathers.
Prof. Miller’s most basic argument is that it is necessary to enter abortion mills to attempt to rescue the lives of the babies whose mothers are about to abort them. Prof Miller insists that those babies deserve a chance to live. Sidewalk counseling is not effective in saving those lives – and, in fact, the mills the rescuers have chosen to enter are not apt for sidewalk counseling. In attempted rescues she and her fellow rescuers find they can have up to 15 minutes or so to talk to the women in a loving, gentle, and helpful fashion. Sometimes the women cannot be herded by staff into a protected space. The rescuers have seen women leave the abortion mill – one hopes, never to come back.
It strikes me that the most reasonable concern of the Sidewalk Advocacy Group is the possibility now or later, that such tactics jeopardize other more frequently successful rescues achieved by sidewalk counselors because they may result in buffer zones being imposed. Prof Miller states that such has not happened and that if and when it does it will be right to reconsider tactics. Why should we let the possibility of deterrence prevent us from saving lives?
As for the claim that the presence of the police is a serious negative, Miller postulates that whether then or later, it is not unlikely that some of the abortion-minded women and staff at abortion mills might come to realize what great sacrifices the rescuers are willing to make to save lives. How can people accept that pro-lifers really believe in the humanity and right to life of the unborn, unless we are willing to make tremendous sacrifices for them? Certainly, doing sidewalk counseling requires sacrifice, but it is in no way equivalent to doing time in jail.
There has always been a lot of disagreement in the prolife movement and that is to be expected. Should we show graphic pictures of aborted babies at rallies, during sidewalk counseling? Should we include mention of contraception in our literature, etc.? Should workers at pregnancy help centers mention God? Should we support compromise legislation? Concerning all these and other matters, people equally committed to stopping abortion have differing views. Yes, let us civilly share our views (as have both sides on this question) and respect the decisions of each other.
But let us not prevent such heroic people as Monica Migliorino Miller and those who do rescue work from doing what they think is most effective in saving lives of the unborn. Prof Miller’s home-made video with her low-key but passionate reasonability won the day, in my mind. I challenge you to watch Monica’s brief video defending rescues and ask yourself if there is any justice in trying to deter her from rescuing.

For a downloadable PDF version of the Janet E. Smith response click here .

Abby McIntyre Responds to
the SAFL anti-RRR video

Pro-lifers, expect that those among us will always be loving, supportive and kind. We expect them to see our efforts for a mutual cause and rejoice. This is not always the case. By nature of being human beings, we quibble on the appropriate method to fight abortion. Each member thinks, “I have the answer!” and we forget that we do not fight for our own sake, but for those who are exploited, killed, and voiceless. Division in the pro-life ranks is exactly what the other side wants—it may be even what the devil wants. A house divided will surely fall.


Sidewalk Advocates for Life recently released a video speaking out against a new initiative, the Red Rose Rescue. I am one of those Rescuers. I am acutely disappointed over the misrepresentation and the effort to malign what we are trying to convey. Our message is simple: we peacefully enter the abortion facility waiting room to offer love and support at the absolute last second before women make the irreversible choice to abort. We speak out in love for the unborn children who have been or are in danger of being aborted.

Abby under arrest Sept. 15, 2017

One of their claims is that those who participate in a Red Rose Rescue ignorantly enter abortion facilities only to be swiftly sent off to federal prison. While this may be an outcome, should we shy away from risk to save even one life from death and hundreds of lives from the pain of experiencing abortion? Furthermore, how do such consequences in any way affect the work of SAFL? I am not ill-informed on the possibilities for my actions. However, I ask, “how much is a life worth?” SAFL filmed half of their video inside a church; did they not notice the man hanging from a cross who endured a violent sacrifice so that each one of us might live? The essence of love is sacrifice. If we are not willing to sacrifice, we are not truly rooted in love.


In no way am I saying that every single person in the United States needs to be arrested by entering an abortion facility and refusing to leave. This would be imprudent, especially for those with families of their own for which to care. We need lawyers to support us, pregnancy help centers that can care for those who leave abortion facilities and a multitude of others in active support of the cause. But we must not shy away from risk.


I am part the millennial generation that is commonly chastised for ignorance, irrationality, and laziness. I wonder if these attributes stem not from our own natures, but from the fact that for 45 years we have been under attack. When our lawmakers and elders attempt to dictate whether our lives are worth a chance in the womb or not, there is difficulty in getting excited about rising to our fullest potentials. The idea of social justice presented to us is that we can only be free if we kill children. 60 million of my would-be friends and neighbors entered the world to be put into plastic “product of conception” bags. I am committed to ending that narrative, whatever it takes.


A Defense of the Pro-Life Rescue
A downloadable copy of this video transcript is available here .

See this very revealing video—a rare look at the difference between pro-lifers and those who support abortion:
Vitriol and Vulgarites: https://youtu.be/GVBLnclLh9s

In 2016 CPLS published this brand new pro-life educational tool—The 40 page booklet:
I was a Stranger

Over two years in the making—it features stunning abortion victim photos, each photo of a baby lost to abortion taken by your CPLS director is paired with insightful, moving and inspiring reflections—featuring Fr. Frank Pavone, David Daleiden, Joseph Scheidler, Jill Stanek, Abby Johnson and others!

We hope that this very unique literature will be used by sidewalk counselors, pregnancy help centers, given out to those who support abortion and will really make a contribution to ending the killing of the unborn!
You can order it here:
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Read Dr. Miller's Review of Defenders of the Unborn-
The Pro-life Movement Before Roe v. Wade.
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Nationally known pro-life leader Jill Stanek featured the CPLS discussion on how to evaluate effective abortion victim photos (reprinted below) on her website blog--you may see it at:
http://www.jillstanek.com/2014/04/are-some-photos-of-abortion-victims-too-gory/  and feel free to join the discussion there.

It is important for the pro-life movement to begin to think about
the effective use of abortion victim photos. As someone who has spent countless hours photographing the victims of abortion, I offer this critique for your consideration.
Your feedback is welcome in the Com Box at the above link.


An Analysis of the Effective Use
of Abortion Victim Photos

by Monica Migliorino Miller

Nationally known, veteran pro-life leader Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society urges the Pro-life Movement to reconsider and re-evaluate the necessary role that abortion victim photos (AVPs) play in bringing about an end to legalized abortion and establishing respect for human life.

Many of Miller’s ideas on this subject are available through her comprehensive article published September 2013 by New Oxford Review—available at http://www.newoxfordreview.org  for a mere $1.50 or by going to the homepage at: http://www.prolifesociety.org .

Miller is one of the few pro-lifers who has actually retrieved aborted babies from the trash and photographed their broken remains. See: http://imagesofabortion.com .

This blog highlights some of Miller’s important points with the goal of prompting discussion and new thinking on this important topic that continues to be hotly debated even within the ranks of the Pro-Life Movement.

  • “Graphic Images” or “Abortion Victim Photos”?
    No longer should pictures of aborted babies be referred to as “graphic images”. The movement should drop that term entirely. These images should be called “abortion victim photos” (AVPs for short) because that is what they are really all about and, moreover, not all photos of abortion victims, while disturbing, are necessarily graphic in nature. The term “abortion victim photos” is terminology that also advocates for the subject of the photos—as these are abortion victims—and not merely graphic images— words that give the instant impression that the subject matter is simply gruesome or repulsive which is not the point of the photos. Using the term AVPs aids the cause for the unborn, as the subjects of the photos are victims of injustice and the language we use should be aimed at helping others make that connection.
  • Life is Short – Use Better Abortion Photos
    While every photo of an abortion victim may be a true depiction of the abortion procedure and what happened to the unborn child, this does not mean that every photo is equal in terms of its effectiveness in raising awareness of the injustice of abortion. Pro-lifers need to begin to think more critically about the kinds of abortion victim photos they choose to display. Pro-lifers often tend to think that the bloodier photos are the more effective photos. This is not necessarily true.

    Whatever photos are selected, the subject of the photo, namely the abortion victim, should be easily recognized, the humanity of the unborn baby the central and immediate focus. Thus photos in which the blood and guts, visceral matter overwhelms, even submerges the abortion victim should be set aside in favor of photos in which the abused victim is easily recognized with whom the viewer can immediately identify—as opposed to emphasis on gruesome factors that are more likely to repel the viewer.

    We really want the viewer to see the abortion victim and not just a “graphic image” of an abortion. It should be realized that all that blood featured in some abortion victim photos is not the blood of the baby—it is the blood of the mother that attends the abortion procedure. Even for this reason the visceral material in the photo should be secondary to the actual abortion victim.

The 3 photos below are examples of AVPs in which the subject of the photo is overwhelmed by, immersed in blood matter and uterine tissue.


While photos 4, 5, 6 and 7 below are graphic, the aborted baby is clearly the focus of the image. Blood and other matter are secondary to the subject.

  • Not All Abortion Victim Photos are Graphic Images
    This is a distinction that is not in any way sufficiently appreciated especially by those in the Pro-Life Movement who oppose the use of AVPs— and who certainly reject their public display. We need to begin to appreciate that AVPs represent a spectrum from very graphic to much less graphic images. Given that such a distinction exists, those who oppose their use have very little foundation upon which to do so. Some images certainly and rightly demonstrate the violence of abortion in all its graphic horror—the shattered remnants of bodies torn apart. Other images however, while still obviously depicting abortion victims, are truly less graphic in nature. Thus perhaps we can begin to move these arguments along that
         1) AVPs, whether graphic or less so, are necessary to the success of the pro-life cause and
         2) Choosing less graphic images is an option and
         3) The use of AVPs is central to the pro-life cause and thus those who use AVPs
             are not the  fringe element of the Movement but mainstream pro-lifers.

    The photos below, while disturbing, are not overtly graphic—indeed some may not be graphic at all.
  • Responses to the Most Common Objections
  1. Children will see the AVPs The crisis of legalized abortion that has claimed the lives of 56 million innocent human beings requires that the truth be publicly exposed. The magnitude of the injustice overrides the possibility that children will see the pictures. It simply makes no sense to forego the public exposure of a national slaughter that has sent tens of millions of children to their deaths for the sake of sparing children who might see the photos and be affected by them. There is absolutely no proof that children who see such images suffer any lasting negative effects.
  2. Women who have had abortions will be disturbed by the AVPs The primary victims of abortion are the millions of unborn children who perish under the law in a violent death, in a nation that at least tolerates, and at worst advocates, such killing. Again the enormity of the injustice requires that the public be awakened to the slaughter. Furthermore there simply is no one-size-fits-all response of post-abortive women to such images. In addition we should consider how AVPs actually prevent women from getting abortions in the first place thus sparing them a life of grief and regret.
  3. Women who have had abortions will be disturbed by the AVPs The primary victims of abortion are the millions of unborn children who perish under the law in a violent death, in a nation that at least tolerates, and at worst advocates, such killing. Again the enormity of the injustice requires that the public be awakened to the slaughter. Furthermore there simply is no one-size-fits-all response of post-abortive women to such images. In addition we should consider how AVPs actually prevent women from getting abortions in the first place thus sparing them a life of grief and regret.


The use of graphic images of abortion victims in pro-life work has in more recent decades become a point of conflict and debate within the pro-life movement itself, especially the public display of such images. Monica Migliorino Miller’s recently published article is an unprecedented comprehensive examination of this issue. Published in the September 2013 New Oxford Review

The article it is now available on the NOR website for a limited time at: http://www.newoxfordreview.org/article.jsp?did=0913-miller
THE ARTICLE IS POSTED ON THIS SITE AT: http://www.prolifesociety.com/pages/ArticlesAndPublications/norGraphicImages.pdf

The author has herself retrieved hundreds of aborted babies from trash containers and spent hundreds of hours photographing the bodies. Miller argues strongly that photos of abortion victims play a vital role in the efforts of the right-to-life movement to establish respect for the lives of the unborn and abolish the injustice of abortion. Among other areas of discussion Miller provides a history of the use of these images in the pro-life movement. However, she urges that the time has come for the movement to evaluate which photos of abortion victims are most effective. This means pro-lifers should be more critical and sophisticated in the selection of photos displayed in public, in literature and educational materials. She states: “Not all abortion victim photos are equal” and goes on to explain that it is a mistake that the “gorier and bloodier the image, the more effective it will be in depicting the injustice of abortion.”

Miller agrees that abortion victim photos will innately contain graphic elements, but argues that such aspects of the photos must be secondary to the subject of the abortion victims presented in the photos. To the viewer of a “graphic image” the abortion victim must be immediately recognizably human. Miller explains:

“Blood and extraneous uterine matter should not overwhelm the aborted baby in the photo. Indeed even a kind of mathematical ratio can be used to evaluate the usefulness of a graphic image. If the blood and gore is more than or even equal to the actual baby—such a photo should be set aside in favor of an image in which the actual human victim is primary. It is not only or primarily the violence of abortion that pro-lifers should display to the world, but the actual hidden and silent human victim of abortion will be the focus of the more effective images.” Miller continues:

“The viewer of the image of an aborted baby should be able to identify with the victim — not simply be shocked or repulsed by the blood-drenched image. The photo should provoke pathos, pity, sorrow, and a response to the injustice done to the baby, whose humanity is obvious in the midst of the tragedy and violence. To the majority of viewers whom pro-lifers are trying to reach, that first glance is the most important — indeed, it might not just be the first glance but the only glance — and thus its impact in drawing the viewer into the humanity of the victim cannot be squandered.”

Miller also urges that the pro-life movement drop the term “graphic images” when referring to photos of aborted babies. Many abortion photos—even effective ones are indeed extremely “graphic images”—but the term itself does not capture or encompass the essence of this type of photography. She states: “The movement needs to stop using that term. Instead we should refer to these pictures as “abortion victim photos” or “abortion victim photography.”

Distinctions exist between a graphic image that instantly repulses the viewer, an image with an appropriate proportion of extraneous graphic elements, and photos of abortion victims that certainly are disturbing, but in which the blood and gore is nearly absent. Miller’s article calls for a deeper appreciation for these distinctions and states: “Those who oppose the use of ‘graphic images’ need not necessarily oppose photos of abortion victims per se. Whatever side one may take in the debate, given that a difference exists between an excessively graphic image and an image of an abortion victim — between a repulsive image and a disturbing image— pro-lifers who object to the use of all abortion-victim photography should reexamine and move beyond that objection.”

Miller states: “There are many great pro-lifers who are dedicated to the display of abortion victim photos. What they do is essential to the movement. Their work should be supported and encouraged. I simply want to urge those of us on the front lines to look at abortion victim photos in a new way—to not be threatened or afraid to re-evaluate what we are doing and urge the selection of photos in which the tragic victim of abortion ‘however graphic’ is primary and obvious.”

The New Oxford Review Article covers the following topics:
  1. History of the use of these images in the pro-life movement
  2. Summary of the recent debate
  3. Responses to the objections as to their use
  4. Why we need to stop using the term “graphic images” and instead use the term “abortion victim photos”
  5. Why not all abortion images are equal in their effectiveness and how to judge a bad photo versus a good one
  6. The ethics of abortion victim photography
  7. When and where to use the photos


This 10 minute video shows close-up just some of the aborted babies who were buried in 1988—taken from the trash as they were left out on a loading dock at the Vital Med pathology lab in Northbrook, IL. Citizens for a Pro-life Society and the Pro-Life Action League retrieved over 5000 bodies from the Vital Med trash and provided these victims with humane burials. The babies in the video were buried by CPLS with 1200 others at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI, Sept.10, 1988 ALL OF THIS IS CHRONICLED IN ABANDONED— THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ABORTION WARS-- SEE LINK TO BOOK IN SIDE BAR


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Monica Migliorino Miller’s Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars resists singular classification: It is equal parts memoir, documentary, and a history of her pro-life work. Her exposé hails from the front lines of the war on babies; it is packed with heart-wrenching drama that follows pro-life battles on the ground and in the courtroom. Miller is founder of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and is associate professor of religious studies at Madonna University in Michigan. She is also one of a small group of intrepid souls who dumpster-dived to recover the destroyed bodies of abandoned, aborted babies, and arranged burials and funeral Masses for thousands of them.

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A new book by Monica Miller, Ph.D
tells the story of a life fighting abortion

Reviewed by Mark Sullivan (Catholic World Report: December 4, 2012)

“The time may come when we date the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet system from the appearance of Gulag,”wrote a German reviewer of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation. It may sound crazy, but the time may also come when we date the end of legalized abortion in the United States from the publication of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars by Monica Migliorino Miller (Saint Benedict Press, 2012).

I recently began reading the abridged version of Gulag, and I was stuck by Solzhenitsyn’s descriptions of the injustice and the powerlessness of the people in communist Russia — in particular, by how fittingly his descriptions of the power structures of the Soviet system could be applied to the institutions that promote and protect legalized abortion in this country. I thought it would make an interesting story, so I requested a review copy of Abandoned. I thought it would make a good point of departure to talk about Solzhenitsyn.

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