An Ohio judge dismissed jail time and most of the monetary fines for four pro-life advocates found guilty of trespassing at an abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls in June.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Stow Municipal Judge Kim Hoover agreed this week that the pro-life advocates with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, including a Catholic priest, were guilty of trespassing in the June 4 incident at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center.
However, the judge suspended the recommended 10 days in jail and fined the pro-lifers $100 each – a reduction from the recommended $250 plus court costs, according to the report. Hoover also told them not to trespass again.
On June 4, four pro-life advocates with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society held a Red Rose Rescue at the abortion facility. They said they conducted the civil disobedience to encourage mothers to choose life for their unborn babies and to stand in solidarity with the babies who were being aborted in the facility.
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Local police said they dragged the pro-lifers out of the abortion facility after they refused to leave. Father Fidelis Moscinski, a 51-year-old priest from New York City, was one of the four who was arrested that day.
Separate from the rescue, pro-life volunteers with the group said they found a second-trimester aborted baby’s body in the trash outside the Cuyahoga Falls abortion facility in June.
Pro-lifers said they also found in the trash used urine cups, soiled suction cannulas, bloody blue surgical papers and other items that appear to be infectious waste, likely violations of state environmental hazard and disposal regulations. They said items with patients’ names and contact information also were discovered in the trash – potential HIPAA violations.
The abortion facility denied any wrong-doing.
The Red Rose Rescue involves pro-life advocates peacefully entering an abortion facility and offering information and encouragement to the women inside. Some pro-life advocates refuse to leave the facility until forced to do so by law enforcement. They believe that refusing to leave is an act of solidarity with the unborn babies who are scheduled to be killed by abortionists.
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society who has participated in Red Rose Rescues, explains: “The Red Rose Rescue is an act of charity for women who feel, for whatever reason; they must have their innocent unborn children killed. Those who take part are willing to embrace risks for these women and their babies. We will go into the very places where the unborn are put to death and extend help to the moms. Should this help be refused—we will not leave the abortion centers but remain in solidarity with the helpless victims oppressed by the injustice of abortion.”