For trying to save unborn babies inside a New York abortion facility, a Catholic priest will spend three months in jail.
The New York Post reports Franciscan Friar Fidelis Moscinski, of the Bronx, and two other pro-life advocates were sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $500 on Tuesday for entering an abortion facility and refusing to leave.
“Isaiah said woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Woe to those who call abortion a right,” Moscinski said in the courtroom, according to the Red Rose Rescue. Addressing the judge, he continued, “You disallowed the justification defense and that injustice was compounded by the jury and also by the sentencing you have given, I plead the blood of Jesus on this court room.”
On Nov. 27, Moscinski, Will Goodman and Matthew Connolly participated in a Red Rose Rescue at All Women’s Medical, an abortion facility in White Plains, New York.
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.
According to the newspaper, the three pro-life advocates entered the abortion facility waiting room and one blocked the door to prevent patients from entering. They refused to leave for two hours, and police eventually “physically carried” them outside, Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said.
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A jury convicted the three of criminal trespass in March. On Tuesday, Rocah asked the judge to give them the maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and fines, and White Plains City Court Judge John Collin agreed, the Examiner News reports.
“We are here for the equality of all people from the beginning of life to the end of life and for the solidarity we can share with the mom, the child and the father, and we are here to help,” Goodman said in response to the sentencing, according to Red Rose Rescue.
All three pro-life advocates have participated in similar rescues at abortion facilities across the country.
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and a Red Rose Rescue participant, explained that their desire is to help mothers and babies in need.
“The Red Rose Rescue is an act of charity for women who feel, for whatever reason, they must have their innocent unborn children killed,” Miller said, previously. “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.”