Pro-Life Advocates Arrested Protesting Abortion at Democratic Convention Entrance
by Steven Ertelt
August 26, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Following through on their pledge, a group of about a dozen pro-life advocates were arrested for staging a sit-in at the entrance to the Democratic convention. Led by former Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry, the pro-life advocates were arrested around 2 p.m.
The protesters were arrested outside the security entrance to the Pepsi Center where the Democratic convention is being held.
The arrest came just two hours before Cecile Richards, the president of the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, is slated to speak to party activists.
The group was arrested for blocking the gate and Terry told the media he had asked participants to be respectful and peaceful to police.
In a statement to LifeNews.com before the arrests, Terry said he would follow through on the arrests while other pro-life advocates just picketed and protested.
"Other groups have talked about civil disobedience, [today] Catholic and Evangelical Christians will hold a peaceful sit-in," he said.
Terry indicated the sit-in was necessary "to protest the slaughter of the innocent by abortion, and to call on fellow Christians to reject the Obama/Biden ‘Ticket of Death.’"
He told LifeNews.com that Obama’s picking Joe Biden as his running mate makes it easier for pro-life advocates to vote against him.
"Obama’s pick of Biden is a gift from God to pro-lifers," he said. "Biden’s horrifying record and betrayal of his Faith will help mobilize Catholic clergy and laity to defeat [them.]"
Pro-life advocates from both Denver and around the country participated in the incident. Terry promised more protests and arrests in the next two months of the election.
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