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By Cheryl Sullenger
Washington, DC – Eight pro-life leaders, including Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman, were arrested this morning outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office while kneeling in prayer and in protest that a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has not received a promised vote.
Other leaders placed under arrest included pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Katie Mahoney, a long-time pro-life spokesperson.
It issue was the cancellation of a promised vote set for January 22, 2015, on the bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states. Pro-life leaders were promised that the vote would be re-scheduled “immediately,” yet two months later, there is no vote in sight.
“We were betrayed, gave them 2 extra months. Get a vote together,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue in a tweet posted by Jill Stanek.
Newman continued, “Though we may lose our freedom temporarily it’s nothing compared to what happens to the babies.”
The event was meant to draw public attention to the late-term abortion ban and the fact that it is being needlessly delayed.
[This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.]
UPDATE March 25, 2015, 5:13 pm EDT: Jill Stanek was released from jail about 15 minutes ago per Daena Moore.
Here is some of the news coverage of the event: