The League’s ninth annual Face the Truth Tour last week was a great success.
Preliminary Truth Tour Recap
We had the best showings we’ve seen in years. At three sites in particular—including one in Naperville, where it rained almost the entire time—we had enough volunteers to hold all 84 of our large signs.
We handed out so much literature we nearly ran out halfway through the Tour and had to have another 10,000 copies printed.
Most police we dealt with were very cooperative, with but a few exceptions, just like last year.
We returned to Libertyville, where the infamous “Libertyville Abortion Demonstration” video was filmed three years ago (and which was referred to in an Anna Quindlen Newsweek column last year) and got footage for a long overdue video response.
Most importantly, though, countless hearts were changed, and in some cases, scheduled abortions were cancelled.
The League staff is in the process of compiling a full write-up on this year’s Tour, which we plan to include in an upcoming Hotline.
Truth Truck ‘Held Hostage’ at St. Louis Planned Parenthood
On the subject of showing graphic abortion pictures, our friends at Operation Rescue have a report on a Truth Truck that was held ‘hostage’ at a St. Louis Planned Parenthood on Saturday:
Operation Rescue’s Truth Truck, driven by Mark Gietzen, caused a stir the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Saturday, July 19, 2008, when he drove onto their parking lot and parked near the front door as abortion-bound women entered the facility.
Security guards for Planned Parenthood immediately rushed to close the parking lot’s iron gates to prevent the Truth Truck from leaving while they summoned the police. But this action turned out for the good, allowing the Truth Truck to witness to the women in the parking lot for longer than it would have otherwise.
Gietzen was convinced that his actions were completely legal.
“They did not have the proper signage to keep me off the lot,” he said.
Apparently the police agreed. Officers made the Planned Parenthood security guards open the gate and allow the Truth Truck to leave as over 300 pro-lifers cheered.
“You would think if Planned Parenthood didn’t want their patients to see the Truth Truck, they would have let Mark drive on, instead of holding him hostage,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “By locking the Truth Truck into their parking lot, they were accomplishing our work for us!”
Gietzen and the Truth Truck were in St. Louis to attend the Walls Of Jericho Event hosted by the Defenders of the Unborn.
Aborted Babies Buried in Detroit
Our good friend and longtime pro-life activist Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society reports:
On Friday, June 27, 2008 six hundred mourners filled the church at Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit to bury the remains of seven aborted babies murdered by abortion at the Women’s Advisory abortion clinic in Livonia, Michigan. The babies were discovered by Citizens for a Prolife Society with the help of other pro-lifers on the evenings of April 5, 12, and 19th mixed in with bio-hazardous waste.
Bishop John M. Quinn, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit presided at the Funeral Mass.
On May 3, 2008 Citizens for a Pro-life Society buried the remains of 23 aborted babies found in the Woman Care abortion clinic dumpster in Lathrup Village, Michigan. They are laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.
Immediately following [the] Mass the Women’s Advisory babies were laid to rest in the Assumption Grotto cemetery only a few feet away from a monument erected to the memory of all those millions of human beings killed by abortion since 1973. Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life officiated at the graveside service.
To see pictures of the Mass and burial, see the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society website at prolifesociety.com.