Pro-Life Leaders Arrested at Speaker Boehner’s Office Demanding Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban

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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.

Learn more about the barbaric late-term abortion process

[This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.]

Pat&TroyReleasedUPDATE March 25, 2015, 4:39 EDT: Troy Newman and Rev. Patrick Mahoney have been released from jail. Waiting on Jill Stanek and the women to be released. [Via Daena Moore]

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:

  • The Daily Caller
  • Town Hall
  • Christian News Service
  • Roll Call
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Christian Post
  • World Magazine
  • Kansas City Star
  • Tragic Munoz Case Prompts New Texas Law that Would Protect Baby When Mom is on Life Support

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Austin, TX – When 33-year old Marlise Munoz suddenly collapsed in her Texas home in November 2013, she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. “Still alive,” she was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth. There she was put on life support where she remained for two months.

    Thus began a legal struggle between the hospital and the Munoz family that prompted a national debate on whether families have the right to order a hospital to “pull the plug” on pregnant women on life support if it means killing the pre-born baby as well.

    Friday, Texas State Representative Matt Krause introduced HB 1901, the Unborn Child Due Process Act, which would further clarify a legal provision in the Texas Advanced Directives Act that currently prohibits anyone from withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. The bill would allow the state to appoint an attorney ad litem “to represent the unborn child’s interests” in cases where “the life-sustaining treatment of a pregnant patient is at issue.”

    In the Munoz case, the hospital initially took the position that it had a legal obligation under the Texas Advanced Directives Act to keep Mrs. Munoz on life support until the baby reached “viability,” or 24 weeks gestation when her baby could be expected to survive if birthed.

    However, after her family was told that Mrs. Munoz was “brain dead,” they fought to discontinue life support before the baby could reach viability. The family pled its case in the media, calling Mrs. Munoz a “dead corpse” with the “smell of death” and claiming that the baby suffered serious health issues.

    In January 2014, Operation Rescue sought to intervene to protect Baby Munoz, even lining up a family that was willing to adopt the baby knowing the child would have special medical needs.

    However, a judge ruled that the family could order the hospital to end life support. On the day Operation Rescue and others planned a protest at JPS Hospital, life support was terminated and both Mrs. Munoz and her daughter, Nichole — just days away from her so-called “viability” date — passed away.

    The protest turned into a memorial vigil.

    At the time of their deaths, Troy Newman released the following statement:

    It is despicable that dehumanizing and deceptive language was used to refer to Marlise as a “corpse” and her baby’s condition as “incompatible with life” in order to elicit public support for putting them to death.

    A human being does not lose [his or her] God-given human beauty or dignity just because they are disabled or incapacitated. This case just goes to show how far we have slipped into the abyss of a Culture of Death and how intolerant we have become of those who are seen as “inconvenient.” . . . May this tragedy serve as a wake-up call to our society, lest others wrongly fall victim to this dehumanizing utilitarian view of life and death.

    Now, Newman is pleased that the proposed new Texas law may prevent the deaths of other pre-born babies in similarly tragic circumstances.

    “We strongly support the Unborn Child Due Process Act. This legislation will give hospitals clear guidance on how to handle these tragic cases in order to protect the lives of babies that just need a little more time to have a chance to live,” said Newman.

    Meanwhile, Marlise Munoz’ family is now supporting opposing legislation that would remove the provision in the Texas Advanced Directives Act that prohibits withholding or removing life support from pregnant women. Ironically, they are calling it “Marlise’s Law” — apparently with little or no consideration to little Nichole’s plight.

    “That is more like a ‘Pull the Plug Law,’” said Newman. “While I feel great compassion for the family of Marlise and Nichole Munoz and recognize that no one ever wants to be in their difficult and tragic situation, if there is a chance that a life can be saved, we need to make every effort to protect and save that life.”

    Pro-life Groups to Sit-In at House Speaker Boehner’s Office In Protest of Non-Vote on Late-term Abortion Ban

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    thousandsdieneedlesslyWashington, DC — Pro-life groups plan a sit-in demonstration at the Washington, D.C. office of House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to protest the delay in a promised vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would ban unpopular late-term abortions after 20 weeks in every state.

    The event, known as #FreeTheBan, will take place on Wednesday, March 25, at 11:00 A.M. at Sen. Boehner’s office located in the Longworth House Office Building. The sit-in will be led by Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Blogger Jill Stanek of, and Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

    Last week, Mahoney, Stanek, and Newman sent a letter to Sen. Boehner expressing disappointment that a promised a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act did not take place on January 22, 2015, as planned. Assurances were given that the legislation would be slightly revised and a vote rescheduled “immediately.”

    Now, two months later, there is still no scheduled vote on this important law that will protect women from traumatic late-term abortions and save the lives of thousands of babies each year from a barbaric and painful death.

    Jill Stanek, a noted pro-life speaker and blogger and former Registered Nurse, noted her reasons for risking arrest to force this Late-term abortion ban to a speedy vote.

    “My entry into the pro-life movement was prompted by the fact I held a 21-week abortion survivor until he died. He would have been saved by this 20-week ban,” said Stanek. “I have determined now is a fitting time to leverage my experience – to refocus attention on the baby and to continue to memorialize his senseless death the best I know how.”

    Rev. Mahoney states, “We are coming to Speaker Boehner’s office to be a voice for the innocent children who die every day in America from the violence of abortion and call upon him to schedule a vote on banning ALL abortions after 20 weeks. As we pray and peacefully risk arrest, we are saying that Republican leadership should cease all business in the House until this legislation has been rescheduled.”

    Troy Newman agrees. “With the vast majority of Americans in opposition to late-term abortions, it is the duty of Congress to act immediately to protect these innocent human beings from a tortuous and grisly death,” he said. “It is time to relegate all abortions to the ash heap of history along with other forms of human rights abuses such as slavery and human sacrifice. Banning late-term abortions babies that can feel pain is a good place to start. It is a barbaric, outdated practice that has no place in civilized society.”

    Operation Rescue has long worked to end the grisly practice of late-term abortions, even relocating to Wichita, Kansas, in 2002 to focus on closing Women’s Health Services, the largest late-term abortion facility outside Communist China. That effort resulted in a disciplinary petition seeking license revocation against late-term abortionist George Tiller that was pending at the time of his death. Operation Rescue’s complaint also resulted the license revocation of Tiller’s associate, Ann Kristen Neuhaus, for phony mental health diagnoses that were used by Tiller to justify otherwise illegal late-term abortions.

    A full description of the Induction Abortion process that is currently employed by late-term abortionists is available at

    An event in 2009 led by Operation Rescue in Omaha, Nebraska, focused on preventing LeRoy Carhart from doing late-second and third trimester abortions there. That event prompted the first-ever Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection law in the United States. Later, Operation Rescue discovered Carhart’s plans to relocate his late-term abortion business to Germantown, Maryland, and helped organize pro-life opposition that continues to save late-term babies from a barbaric and painful death.

    Operation Rescue continues to expose abortion abuses at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is now the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., and has supported efforts to ban the horrific practice of aborting babies in the later terms of pregnancy in that state.

    Operation Rescue’s reporting from the trial of the notorious Pennsylvania late-term abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell along with revelations of horrific late-term abortion practices uncovered by Operation Rescue at a Houston, Texas abortion facility prompted the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. House 2013, but was killed in the Democratically controlled Senate that year.

    So far, ten states have passed bans on abortions after 20 weeks when babies are known to feel pain. Twenty-one states have restricted abortion after viability. A federal ban is the fastest way to end late-term abortions in all states and put an end to this form of human rights abuse once and for all.

    More about the #FreeTheBan protest and how to participate can be found at