Pro-Life Woman Complains Obama Pro-Abortion, Gets Secret Service Visit
by Steven Ertelt
October 14, 2008
Lufkin, TX (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life woman who received an unsolicited phone call from the Barack Obama campaign complained about his pro-abortion position. The call earned her a visit from the Secret Service, who were apparently given erroneous information from the campaign volunteer that she made a death threat.
Jessica Hughes of Texas says she received a phone call last Wednesday from a woman with the Obama Volunteers of Texarkana.
She told the Lufkin Daily News: "She asked if I was an Obama supporter, to which I replied, ‘No, I don’t support him. Your guy is a socialist who voted four times in the state Senate to let little babies die in hospital closets; I think you should find something better to do with your time.’ (And then) I hung up."
Hughes was referring to bills in the Illinois legislature that Obama opposed that would have required medical personnel to provide appropriate medical care for babies who survive failed abortions. A Chicago nurse had exposed how some of the babies were left to die.
Her comment about abortion was apparently changed by the Obama volunteer and reported to the Secret Service, who are protecting both presidential candidates.
Two federal agents showed up at Hughes’ home on Thursday and asked her if she has said, "I will never support Obama and he will wind up dead on a hospital floor."
Hughes told the Lufkin newspaper she is upset the Obama campaign would allege she had made a death threat and is considering filing a complaint.
"She has made a charge that will follow me the rest of my life," she said. "I find that repugnant and violating that some person got her undies in a bundle because she didn’t like what I had to say."
Hughes went further than her comments to the newspaper in an email about the incident and indicated the Secret Service threatened her.
She indicated the agents asked her why the Obama campaign volunteer would make up the quote about her wanting Obama to die.
"I replied that I supposed she wasnt happy about what I said about her candidate and the Agent said ‘Thats right, you were rude.’ The last time I checked being rude wasnt a crime in America," she said.
"Luckily the big file they had gathered on me didn’t indicate mental instability or a past life of stalking/crime, however they did want to know how I felt about Obama," she said. "That was my limit. I told the Agent in no uncertain terms that my thoughts were not pertinent to their investigation, that this was America and the last time I checked I was allowed to think whatever I wanted without being questioned by the Secret Service."
She said the agents admitted there was no tape of the call and threatened that she could wind up in court or they would talk to neighbors and associates if she didn’t cooperate.
"I recognized this as a veiled threat. I told them I would happily go to court since I did nothing wrong and at least then my accuser would have to face me rather than sending the thought police to my house," Huhghes said.
Hughes said she asked the agents for their badge numbers and they refused to supply them to her.
Ultimately, Hughes said she worries what will happen to pro-life advocates and other dissidents if Obama is elected.
"Someone high in the ranks of a campaign working for a man who may be the next President of the United States of America felt comfortable bringing the force of the Federal Government to bear on a private citizen on nothing but the word of a partisan volunteer," she concluded.
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