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This is a sampling of some of the most significant news in recent days relating to pro-life ministry. While we do not yet have the time to report all abortion-related issues here, most other major stories should be accessible through the links on this page.

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September 21, 2001
Abortionist faces possible prosecution for molestations
Phoenix New Times
Phoenix abortionist Brian Finkel is facing accusations from several women who claim that he sexually molested and fondled them during abortions.

September 19, 2001
California bill against pro-life ministry goes to governor's desk
U.S. Newswire
California Senate Bill 780 has been sent to the governor's desk for his signature. The bill claims to protect California citizens from "anti-reproductive rights crime."

September 16, 2001
Memorial planned for St. Louis Cemetery will honor unborn babies
The Gleaner
A non-denominational "Memorial of Names" will be erected in the St. Louis Cemetery next spring. Anyone who has lost a child to miscarriage or abortion and who mourns that child is invited to give a first name to the baby and the name will be etched at no charge into the granite.
September 12, 2001
Woman dies from abortion pill
Associated Press (The Nando Times)
The Population Council issued a statement Monday reporting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been informed that a Canadian woman died during testing of the abortion pill. The study was testing mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, and a second drug used in tandem (in violation of the manufacturer's instructions), misoprostol.

September 11, 2001
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September 7, 2001
Study says abortion increases crime
PR Newswire
A May 2001 study by John R. Lott of Yale Law School and John Whitley of the University of Adelaide School of Economics in Australia concludes that legalized abortion in the United States resulted in higher crime rates.

August 27, 2001
Judge imposes $80K fine on pro-life family
Associated Press (
U.S. District Judge David Hurd in Utica, New York, imposed $80,000 in fines on Victoria and Joseph Kraeger and their two adult daughters, claiming that they violated the state's "buffer zone" law. John Broderick, the Kraegers' defense attorney, took exception to the fines, stating "A dollar would be too stiff if you're not doing anything wrong." Broderick said the Kraegers will appeal the decision.

August 26, 2001
Pro-life witness resumes outside Allentown abortion mill
The Morning Call
Four days after police withdrew the harassment citation he received for carrying a poster of a headless aborted baby, Joe O'Hara and fellow pro-lifers were back in front of the Allentown Women's Center on Saturday with extra signs and extra resolve.

August 23, 2001
Attorney says pastor victim of abortion industry conspiracy
Agape Press
An attorney with the American Family Association says he will appeal the criminal contempt conviction of Pastor Michael Warren, explaining that Warren is a victim of a conspiracy by the abortion industry to silence any opposition.

August 22, 2001
New York City to vote on "bubble zone"
A proposed law which would seek to prevent pro-life missionaries from getting within 10 feet of a woman heading into an abortion mill will be voted upon within the next few weeks. Cardinal Edward Egan called the bill "an unprecedented attack on the rights of free speech and free exercise of religion."
Police withdraw harassment charge against pro-life man
The Morning Call
Pennsylvania state police on Tuesday decided to withdraw a harassment charge against a pro-life missionary who recently carried a sign showing a headless aborted fetus outside an Allentown abortion center. "An individual has a First Amendment right to carry a sign and depict an image on a sign, and it may be viewed by some as being offensive," said Police Captain Theodore D. Kohuth.

August 21, 2001
"Pioneer" abortionist sued for wrongful death
LifeSavers Ministries Weekly Ministry Focus
"Pioneer" abortionist Kenneth Wright has been sued by the family of a woman who died from complications following an abortion, and by another woman who was hospitalized after an abortion. Wright is one of the nation's most "experienced" abortionists, with over 30 years' experience. He currently commits abortions in Central California, including Fresno and Bakersfield.

August 20, 2001
Seasonal trend in abortions linked to depression
A woman's decision to abort her baby may be influenced by seasonal depression, say researchers in Italy. They found an annual peak in abortions in summer, coinciding with an annual peak in female suicides.

August 17, 2001
Montana city reverses decision to prohibit abortion photos
Great Falls Tribune
The Great Falls City Commission canceled a special meeting after city staff re-thought an assistant city attorney's ban on graphic pictures of aborted babies used by pro-life missionaries. The move came just in time to avert legal action from a nonprofit law firm.

August 15, 2001
Planned Parenthood sued for hiding abortion risks
Thomas More Law Center (PRNewswire)
Attorneys for three women have filed a lawsuit in San Diego accusing Planned Parenthood of withholding information linking abortions to breast cancer. "I have experienced abortion, and I have been treated for a non-malignant tumor," said Agnes Bernardo, one of the plaintiffs. "I am very concerned about developing breast cancer."

August 14, 2001
Teens join in prayer outside Granite City abortion center
The Telegraph
The voices of teenagers filled the air in front of the "Hope Clinic for Women" in a chorus of prayers to appeal for an end to the abortions committed there. Tears flowed down the faces of the young people when pro-life missionary Angela Michael described how prayer in front of the abortion mill has saved the lives of many unborn babies.
Court upholds Mass. buffer zone
A federal appeals court has ruled a Massachusetts law creating protest-free buffer zones around abortion facilities is constitutional. Last November, U.S. District Judge Edward Harrington had ruled it was unconstitutional because it was a regulation of speech based on its content, a violation of the First Amendment.

August 8, 2001
Abortion posters draw protests in Maryland
The Frederick News-Post
Graphic images of aborted fetuses lined a portion of the Golden Mile Tuesday afternoon as pro-life missionaries came to Frederick as part of a five-day event across the state. The management of the Frederick Towne Mall responded angrily, "we find ourselves powerless to do anything about what I consider a public nuisance."

August 7, 2001
"About FACE" turns attention to coercive abortion in America
Population Research Institute (U.S. Newswire)
"You don't have to go to China to discover forced abortion," said Steven Mosher, president of Population Research Institute. "It exists right here in America, and has for many years. But now there's a way to stop it." Mosher has introduced "About FACE," a national campaign to protect American women from violations committed in private and state-funded abortion facilities.

August 6, 2001
Forced abortions now felonies
Abortion Industry News
"Now, forced abortions are no longer lawful in this country," said Jean Sapp, Director of the Counselor Corps of Lehigh Acres, Florida, an organization which trains peaceful counselors to offer help to pregnant women at abortion clinics. "The criminalization of forced abortions is part of a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta in the case of Jane Roe II v. Aware Woman Center for Choice, which dealt with the legal consequences of an unwanted abortion."
Compassion or cruelty? In memory of Baby Tess
Operation Rescue West
As Tess was developing in her mother's womb, her parents learned that she suffered from cystic fibrosis. Struggling with the news of their daughter's condition, Tess' parents were told about the "services" of abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas. Tiller not only killed Tess, but held a "memorial service" for her, in the name of Christ.

August 1, 2001
Abortion--a matter of heart, not war (commentary)
AFA Online
The affirmation of war means the acceptance of casualties who merely become an unfortunate, but acceptable collateral consequence of combat. But these wounded must no longer be victims without a face or name. For they represent the prize. And within their wounds lies the key to true and lasting victory.

July 19, 2001
Wichita "protesters" help build houses for single mothers
Wichita Eagle
During the "Summer of Mercy renewal" week of pro-life demonstrations in Wichita, dozens of Operation Save America supporters are volunteering to help build five houses for single mothers.

July 18, 2001
Abortion supporters arrested in Wichita
Kansas City Star
Violence erupted outside George Tiller's Wichita abortion mill Wednesday, as pro-abortion forces shoved peaceful Christians who were worshipping God on the streets. Two abortion supporters were arrested for battery.
Chicago group begins "Face the Truth" tour
Chicago Tribune
The Pro-Life Action League today began a nine-day, 26-stop "Face the Truth Tour" in which posters of aborted babies and babies in the womb are displayed at major intersections.
Tensions mount outside Wichita abortion mill
Wichita Eagle
Tensions were high Tuesday morning in front of George Tiller's Wichita late-term abortion chamber, as the first of a series of pro-life parades marched through the neighborhood and the largest crowds yet came face-to-face.
1,000 march in pro-life parade
Wichita Eagle
Their songs and shouts echoing off the concrete caverns of downtown Wichita, nearly 1,000 pro-life marchers paraded through the streets Monday morning. Participants came from across town and across the world.

July 17, 2001
Federal ruling clears way for pro-life parades
Pro-lifers marched peacefully outside George Tiller's Wichita abortion chamber today, their right to do so cleared by a federal judge after the city denied a parade permit.

July 16, 2001
Wichita pastors sign Emancipation Proclamation for the Unborn Children
Operation Save America - Wichita
The pastors of the city of Wichita signed an Emancipation Proclamation for the Unborn Children, declaring that "all children, from conception forward," are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," and that the government of the United States of America is in rebellion against the Law of Almighty God.

July 15, 2001
Emotions fervent in Wichita as abortion demonstrations begin
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Abortion activists chanted as pro-life demonstrators prayed outside George Tiller's Wichita abortion chamber on Saturday. "As a person that lives in Wichita, I would like to be proud of Wichita," said Bob Lippoldt. "But it is a city in shame."
Pro-life counselor sees historic, righteous struggle
The Wichita Eagle
Donna Lippoldt figures it's her fault. While she and others of her generation were wrapped up in their own lives, forces who supported abortion rights took to the courts and won the battle to legalize abortion. Lippoldt began "sidewalk counseling" in Wichita during the 1991 Summer of Mercy. "It only takes one thing to be a sidewalk counselor," she said. "A broken heart."

July 11, 2001
Study shows high percentage of evangelical abortions
Agape Press
A study published by an affiliate of Planned Parenthood says almost a quarter-million abortions are committed each year in the U.S. on women who identify themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians. In an effort to recruit more Christians to their cause, a group of 25 pro-life advocates demonstrated outside Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, on July 8.
Judge orders Granite City botched abortion report off Internet
Lincoln Journal-Star
An Illinois judge has ordered the removal of a report by Angela Michael (of the Illinois pro-life ministry known as Small Victories) from the Internet. The report details the complications a woman suffered after a botched abortion at the so-called "Hope Clinic for Women" in Granite City, Illinois.
Abortion protests will test Wichita -- again (commentary)
The Wichita Eagle
It was 10 years ago that Wichita became ground zero for the national struggle over abortion. For 46 days, the protests roiled our streets, challenged our leaders and clogged our courts. They also tested our conscience, as individuals and as a community. In some cases, hearts were changed. In others, they were hardened.

July 3, 2001
Abortion opponents bring message to Central Virginia
The Lynchburg News & Advance
A pro-life group joined with Life and Liberty Ministries to hold signs with pictures of aborted babies, while they distributed literature with pictures on the cover of the founding fathers and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. "These are not pretty pictures, but just because it goes on in secret doesn't mean that we can't show it to the public," said William Wegert, pastor of Amherst Covenant Church. "If we can stop one person from murdering their child, then it has been worthwhile."
Abortionist-killer suspect framed?
According to a blistering report issued by Life Dynamics, the FBI may have engaged in criminal behavior to frame accused abortionist-killer James Kopp. "Our report does not seek to prove whether Jim Kopp committed this crime or not -- that was not our purpose," said Life Dynamics President Mark Crutcher. Rather, the group focused on "investigating the investigator," he said.

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