1. Isn’t naming abortionists and enablers of abortion “killers” inciting violence against them?
Project Equal (along with the entire pro-life movement) opposes violence against abortion providers and will not affiliate with anyone who refuses to condemn such violence. We have a long track record of consistently speaking out against the use of force to end abortion.
If “heated” rhetoric is responsible for the rare acts of violence against abortion providers, then the blame needs to be leveled against the those who kill babies. After all, pro-life activists aren’t the only ones who call abortion murder. See below:
- Abortionist Dr. Neville Sender said the following in a newspaper article: “We know that it is killing, but the states permit killing under certain circumstances.”
- Abortionist Dr. Curtis Boyd, who performs abortions up to 24 weeks: “Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that.” You can see a video of him saying it here.
- Faye Wattleton, former President of Planned Parenthood, told MS Magazine, “I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing.”
Our actions are completely lawful and protected by the first amendment.
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was accused by the city officials in Birmingham, AL of fomenting violence because of his peaceful direct action campaigns, he responded in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn’t this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn’t this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn’t this like condemning Jesus because his unique God consciousness and never ceasing devotion to God’s will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber.
It’s been said that blaming peaceful pro-life activists for anti-abortion violence is like blaming the Beatles and their song “Helter Skelter” for the murderous actions of Charles Manson.
For more on this read our blog HERE.
2. Aren’t you trespassing when you deliver those postcards to residences?
We follow all applicable state and local laws governing distribution. It is completely lawful to deliver handbills, flyers or postcards to homes in a residential community. However, if a homeowner posts a no trespassing sign, or contacts us to request we not deliver our information to their house, we honor their wishes not to receive our information.
3. Aren’t you concerned that children will see the abortion images?
We understand that children may see the abortion images where we take our signs. It is possible that a child could see the images and be bothered. However, it is also a certainty that preborn children will die so long as abortion is covered up. When weighing the feelings of born children against the lives of preborn children, the latter should be the priority.
Furthermore, our experience has been that children are not traumatized by the images. They respond with questions like, “Why did that happen to the baby?” We’ve only seen children become upset if their mother or father respond angrily. Seeing their parents’ anger upsets them, not the abortion images.