Pro-Life Activist Jim Pouillon—RIP
On a day when most Americans are focused on remembering the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the Pro-Life Action League was shocked at the news that pro-life activist Jim Pouillon had been shot and killed. Jim stood as a witness to the violence that abortion does to its unborn victims. Now he himself is a victim of violence.
Jim was witnessing for life, holding a picture of an unborn baby with the caption “LIFE” outside Owosso High School at 7:20 a.m. when he was shot and killed at.
Jim was a stalwart activist for years and was known to those at the League’s office as “Jim from Michigan.” He regularly joined “Face the Truth” tours and was considered a friend of pro-life leaders nationwide.
“We call upon the abortion advocates to condemn this violence. And we urge pro-lifers not to be intimidated into abandoning their commitment to end abortion in America,” said League national director Joe Scheidler.
“When late term abortionist George Tiller was murdered, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office launched a investigation into federal crimes in connection with the murder, and the Civil Rights Division convened a meeting of the National Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers,” commented Scheidler. “Now the Pro-Life Action League is calling on those government agencies to investigate this murder and established a task force to protect pro-life advocates.”
Pouillon’s murder is deeply disturbing for many in the pro-life movement, especially activists on the front lines, publicly fighting against abortion. For some it raises the question: “Should we back down from public protest of abortion?”
“I know that Jim would say no,” said League executive director Eric Scheidler. “He had faced verbal attacks and even assault over the years. One time a driver tried to run him down. But Jim stood his ground. And now, he is with the Lord.”
Scheidler encourages all pro-life activists to continue their peaceful witness for life in honor of Jim’s faithful memory.