Large Memorial for Pro-Life Man Shot Protesting Abortion to Take Place Wednesday

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 15, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Large Memorial for Pro-Life Man Shot Protesting Abortion to Take Place Wednesday

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 15
, 2009

Owosso, MI (LifeNews.com) — A large memorial service will take place on Wednesday at the high school football stadium in this central Michigan city where pro-life advocate Jim Pouillon was shot last week while protesting abortion. Pouillon was allegedly shot by local resident Harlan Drake along with a local businessman.

Drake has been charged with first-degree murder in shooting Pouillon and the owner of a gravel pit company, 61-year-old Mike Fuoss.

The memorial service is slated for 1 p.m. at Owosso High School’s Willman Field and hundreds of pro-life advocates are expected to join local residents and friends and family of Pouillon to mourn his death.

Pouillon’s death has sparked a national outrage from pro-life advocates who are upset that it took more than 48 hours for President Barack Obama to issue a statement condemning the shooting after making quick comments and taking swift action in response to the shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Although officials have confirmed that Drake shot Pouillon because of his frequent abortion protests outside a local high school, top pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood have not condemned the shooting as they did Tiller’s.

Immediately after the memorial, friends of Jim will gather to pray and rally in opposition to the violence against innocent people in front of the local Planned Parenthood center.

"We must emulate Jim’s example as a follower of Jesus Christ and public defender of pre-born babies," Cal Zastrow, a Michigan pro-life advocate, told LifeNews.com today.

"We will join together in Owosso to praise Jesus Christ, remember Jim, and continue to speak out against all violence against the innocent," he said. That includes "the tragic violence that killed Jim on September 11th and the tragic violence that kills thousands of pre-born babies daily at Planned Parenthood."

In other news, police officials told reporters today that they seized eight guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition from the truck and home of Drake.

"It was ammunition for the guns – .22s, shotguns – no assault rifles or anything like that," Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau said, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Officials also say that Drake is fine now after returning from the hospital following a suicide attempted using a shattered piece of the television he broke in his jail cell.

Meanwhile, the Drake family has issued a statement saying it doesn’t think the killings were "were premeditated, a political statement regarding pro life or pro abortion factions, or out of a grudge."

The statement said the family members have been "overwhelmed by sadness and emotion" in reaction to the shootings and are trying to figure out why Harlan allegedly committed them.

They also say Drake battled depression and was experiencing problems with his medications that could have led to the shooting. The family of Scott Roeder, who has been charged with shooting Tiller, also mentioned the same mental health concerns.

They called him "a gentle giant, who has no history of violence and no criminal history whatsoever."

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