Yesterday, two Catholic priests were arrested for praying inside a location abortion facility located in the nation’s capital.
Father Dave Nix of the Archdiocese of Denver and Father Fidelis Moscinski of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, along with two pro-life advocates, were arrested yesterday after they prayed inside the abortion facility and offered practice help for women having abortions. Other pro-life advocates stood outside in the rain, praying, as the four were handcuffed by police and taken to jail.
The arrests occurred D.C.’s Capital Women’s Services, run by notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who has lost his medical license in multiple states for numerous botched abortions and health code violations at his abortion clinics. The pro-life priests were inside the abortion center for approximately two hours before they were arrested.
Pro-life advocate Monica Miller told LifeNews about the concept behind the praying and counseling, which she terms Red Rose Rescue.
She describes it as a “ministry of conscience” during which peaceful and prayerful activists enter abortion facilities to try to save babies. They counsel pregnant women: offering information to encourage mothers in difficult circumstances to choose life for their child as loving offers of real support are given.
“When asked to leave these prayerful rescuers remain at the facility in solidarity with the babies that they may not die alone and unloved. They are willing to risk arrest as another sign of solidarity with the preborn baby who remains helpless,” Miller told LifeNews. “The charitable efforts of the Rescuers are also an attempt to protect the women from the emotional and physical harm that is a real danger in abortion.”
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“In the case of Steven Brigham, the notorious abortionist whose office was entered this morning, the possibility of harm to women is real and present. He has had his license to practice medicine revoked in several states and has had women die at his hands. He was even charged with murder in Maryland,” Miller maintained. “Brigham is not licensed to practice medicine in the District of Columbia.”
“The rescuers, like any others who recognize an urgent situation, are responding to dire circumstances of imminent peril in a spirit of intervention on behalf of innocent babies and beleaguered mothers,” Miller added. “Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that her work was ‘to go into the dark holes of the poor.’ The Red Rose Rescue is an action of going into the dark holes of the poor—namely abortion centers where the innocent are rejected—and in these dark holes the Rescuers seek to bring hope, true peace and the presence of God.”