Pro-Life Activist Occupies Ohio Early Voting Center for Romney

State   |   Jill Stanek   |   Oct 31, 2012   |   12:20PM   |   Columbus, OH

Pro-life activist Richard Justman became more and more disturbed to see only Democrats show up in force after a Columbus, Ohio, Early Voting Center opened for business near his home on October 2.

Finally, at 1 a.m. on Monday, October 22, Justman, unable to sleep, decided to do something about it, he says prompted by the Holy Spirit.

Justman awakened his son and the two drove Justman’s box truck and van and parked them right on the 100-ft yellow line marking the legal distance partisans could appeal to incoming voters, directly in front of the building.

Justman and family had been taking their vehicles and signs to African-American and mixed race mega-churches in the Columbus area for two months, so their vehicles were already decked out with pro-life, pro-Romney signage.

Wanting to make sure his vehicles weren’t vandalized, Justman slept in the van the rest of the night.

The next morning Democrats were livid to find Justman had taken not just one but several of their prime parking spots. Poll workers were livid that Justman’s van was obstructing their view and causing a safety hazard, they said.

Police were called. Justman called his attorney. And Justman won the day: He was breaking no law.

Since then Justman, pictured left, and his vehicles have maintained a 24/7 presence, and Justman plans to stay put until the evening of November 6.

I spoke with Justman by phone last night, curious as to how he manages the… um… functions of life. He said there are many stores and restaurants nearby where he can find relief, so to speak. He also has a family member take his place so he can go home and shower.

Here’s an NBC story on the scene. Justman has now been joined by Mark Harrington and his Vote Pro-Life truth trucks…



Here are a few photos of Mark’s nonpartisan trucks and signs. The pro-life throng was joined yesterday by pro-life leaders Troy Newman (left) and Pat Mahoney (2nd from left). Mark is in the black hoodie. Don’t know the names of the other pro-lifers. Click all photos to enlarge. See more here Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.