The Rockford pro-life community is up in arms after police chased away an ultrasound vehicle from the local abortion facility - even though pro-lifers say they worked for weeks with city police to ensure permission for the life-saving equipment to park near the incoming mothers seeking abortions.Read the whole thing here.
Rockford pro-life veteran Kevin Rilott posted a video of Rockford police telling pro-lifers that the city legal department might issue a warrant against them if the motor home, owned by Image Clear Ultrasound, was not moved away from the Northern Illinois Women's Center (NIWC). The video ends with a shot of abortion clinic owner Wayne Webster smiling as he chats with the officers inside a police car. [...]
Rilott says that city officials later told him and the ultrasound owners that the vehicle violated a statute against unlicensed charitable solicitation. But Rilott pointed to a city ordinance defining charitable solicitation as "conduct whereby a person solicits ... any article representing monetary value, sells, or offers to sell, a product ... that the proceeds from the solicitation or sale are for a charitable purpose."
"As you can read for yourself, this shows beyond a doubt that the totally free ultrasounds that were being offered to poor women have nothing to do with someone soliciting business for profit," wrote Rilott in a post on the Pro Life Corner blog. "Pro-lifers were offering a completely free service to help poor mothers and children."
The pro-life legal group Thomas More Society, which has engaged an ongoing lawsuit against NIWC and the city of Rockford, said that the ultrasound issue would be added to their suit.
If abortion were really about "choice," then pro-abortion groups should put no barriers at all in the way of free ultrasounds, informed consent laws which require that information about fetal development, and other measures designed to help women see what it is they're really choosing when they choose to kill their unborn children via abortion. That pro-aborts remain vigorously against the right of women to know, fully and completely, what it is they are carrying inside them, to see their children's stage of development, heartbeat, and movement, and to be aware to the fullest degree just what the "choice" of abortion actually means to the unborn child speaks volumes. In the mind of pro-aborts, women must remain ignorant in order to have "freedom of choice." But choices made in ignorance of their scope and consequence cannot be said to be "choices" at all.