A Michigan jury found five pro-life advocates guilty of trespassing Wednesday after they entered an abortion facility last year in an attempt to save babies and moms from abortion.
The jury decided that Monica Migliorino Miller of South Lyon, Michigan, Will Goodman of Wisconsin, Patrice Woodworth of Minnesota, Matthew Connolly of Minnesota and Robert Kovaly of Hastings, Michigan are guilty of trespassing and interfering with police at the West Bloomfield abortion facility on Dec. 2, according to The Oakland Press.
The five pro-life advocates were part of a larger movement to enter abortion facilities to talk with women scheduled for abortions. According to the report, the five pro-lifers entered the Women’s Center on Orchard Lake Road on Dec. 2 and handed women roses, sang, prayed and spoke with patients about choosing life for their babies.
Attached to each rose was a card that said, “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.” The card also contained phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers.
The abortion facility called police, and the five advocates refused to leave in an act of “passive resistance.”
During the trial, the Michigan pro-lifers said the court did not allow them to discuss their reasons for going into the abortion facility. They said they will not give up trying to save unborn babies, despite the conviction. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for March, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
Defense attorney Robert Muise, in his closing statement, … likened the five’s “fight for justice” to that of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and others who challenged what they believed to be wrong and championed for change.
“We are here for justice…exercise your conscience and do what will accommodate justice in a case that is far from simple,” Muise said.
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A Virginia group of pro-life advocates also were charged with trespassing last year after conducting a similar “Red Rose Rescue” in September at an abortion facility in Alexandria.
Pro-life advocate Monica Miller previously told LifeNews: “Those involved in the Red Rose Rescue talked to women scheduled for abortions, extending to them words of encouragement and offering material help. In addition to reaching out to the mothers, the rescuers chose to remain in the clinic as an act of solidarity with the unborn children scheduled to be killed by abortionists, while a support team assembled outside—sidewalk counselors and those in prayer support.”