Elderly, Blind Pro-Life Activist Arrested for Attempting to Stop Abortion Guard From Stealing Sign


By DeAnn Flanagan

Wichita, Kansas – An elderly and disabled pro-life activist was arrested today under suspicious circumstances outside South Wind Women’s Center, located at 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita, Kansas.

David E. Schmidt, 73, tied a large pro-life sign to a chair and stood nearby holding another sign. A new ordinance prohibits signs from being left unattended. Schmidt, who is considered “99% blind,” is a regular volunteer of the Kansas Coalition for Life.

Pro-life eyewitness Joseph Elmore told Operation Rescue that a security guard for the abortion business, John Rayburn, came out the facility and began untying the sign and was about to take it away when Schmidt intervened, objecting to the sign’s removal. A tussle over the sign ensued and police were called.

Schmidt was arrested and charged with battery. Police allowed Rayburn to keep the pro-life sign.

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger placed a phone call to Sgt. James Krok to attempt to smooth over relations and get more information about Schmidt’s arrest. However, Sgt. Krok was adversarial and repeatedly interrupted Sullenger then hung up on her.

“We want to have good relations with the police, and my call was an effort to build a bridge, but Sgt. Krok only returned my efforts with rudeness. You would think in this day and age that police would be grateful to those who reach out to them,” said Sullenger.

The question that seemed to anger Sgt. Krok was when Sullenger asked under what authority the abortion clinic security guard has the right to confiscate private property. That is when Krok informed Sullenger he would not talk to her anymore and hung up on her in mid-sentence.

Sullenger suggested that Sgt. Krok may need additional training on maintaining good public relations.

“In my opinion, the security guard tried to take the law into his own hands by confiscating the sign,” said Sullenger. “It was a provocative act meant to get a reaction from the pro-lifers. The police pandering to the abortion business only inflamed the matter.”

Schmidt was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail and was being held on a $1,000 bond. Mark Gietzen, Director for the Kansas Coalition for Life, was working on posting bail for Schmidt as of this writing.

Gietzen lays part of the blame for the incident on new “no parking signs” around the abortion facility that were recently erected by police even though, due to a court case and neighborhood petition, parking was allowed on the street for years.

“If we could park where we normally do, the sign would have been put in the Truth Truck. Instead we are forced to park down the street,” said Gietzen, who had for months parked a box truck with pro-life messages across from the abortion facility gate. “The no parking signs are hindering our First Amendment rights to Free Speech.”

“We hope that cooler heads will prevail and that relations between pro-life activists and police can improve,” said Sullenger. “But that will take effort on their side as well as ours.”

House Speaker John Boehner to Resign


Washington, DC – Citing a division in the Republican party concerning the defunding of Planned Parenthood, House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he will not only step down as House Speaker, but will resign his Congressional seat in October.

This announcement comes as an important budget deadline looms. Some staunchly pro-life members of the House have vowed not to vote for any budget that contains funding for Planned Parenthood, but others insist that the funding must remain in order to avoid a government shut down when funding runs out on September 30.

Operation Rescue has participated in protests at Speaker Boehner’s Washington, DC office.

Troy Newman, who heads Operation Rescue, was arrested there in March with eight other pro-life activists who were calling for a vote on a bill that would have banned late-term abortions.

Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor, Cheryl Sullenger, joined a large number of pro-life leaders in May in an attempt to meet with Speaker Boehner over pro-life issues.

After the release of a series of videos by the Center for Medical Progress that show Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal selling of aborted baby remains, a new sense of urgency has arisen amongst many members of Congress to stop the flow of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

“While we appreciate Speaker Boehner’s stated pro-life stance, we were often disappointed in his reticence to take bold steps on behalf of protecting women and their babies from abortion exploitation,” said Newman, who also serves on the Board of the CMP. “We hope that fresh leadership will not just play at politics as usual, but will courageously take meaningful action in the GOP-controlled Congress to stand strongly for the lives of innocent children, and ultimately bring the scourge of abortion to an end.”

Planned Parenthood Protested by Thousands as New Video Trailer Shows “A Lot” of Intact Fetal Cadavers Harvested and Sold

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A Los Angeles judge dissolved an injunction Friday against the Center for Medical Progress that had blocked the release of footage of an interview with a StemExpress executive who was harvesting the remains of aborted babies.

Within hours of the decision, the CMP released a two-minute trailer showing a clip of StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer laughing about sending intact fetuses to her lab employees. That trailer was the eighth video released by the CMP that showed Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of fetal organs and parts.

“Oh yeah, if you had intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” Dryer said. “Tell the lab it’s coming! They’ll open the box and ‘Oh, my God!’”

Dyer then is seen laughing heartily at the prospect of her lab employees being shocked by an intact body of an aborted child.


“The callous, cavalier attitude toward of Dryer and other Planned Parenthood employees toward the brutal killing of aborted babies – some apparently with their hearts still beating – is shocking, sociopathic behavior. It’s as if their consciences have been switched off, just like we see in serial killers,” said Newman. “The CMP videos have shown us like never before that world of abortion and fetal tissue harvesting is a depraved one.”

Intact aborted babies cannot be given drugs that produce fetal demise before the dismemberment or extraction process begins. The fact that Dyer admits that her company gets intact remains “a lot” indicates there is a likelihood that “a lot” of babies are being aborted alive.

Last week’s longer video, Episode 3 of the Human Capital documentary series, supported that concern.

Holly O’Donnell related an experience at Planned Parenthood in San Jose where a baby boy was born “mostly intact” and that she observed his heart beating. She was then ordered by another StemExpress employee to cut through the baby’s face and harvest his brain.

The videos sparked a nationwide protest on Saturday at 342 Planned Parenthood locations. Those protests featured huge crowds of pro-life supporters, including an estimated group of 4,000 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and over 1,000 in several cities such as Tempe, Arizona, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Several locations reported babies saved from abortion as the result of the protests. In Los Angeles, Kristina Garza of Hispanics for Life reported that a security guard quit his job at Planned Parenthood after speaking with pro-life protesters.

In Michigan, pro-abortion Satanists turned out to two protests and conducted Satanic rituals on the sidewalk. Women involved appeared to be in pain as others poured milk on them as pro-life protesters stood by praying.

Operation Rescue was one of the numerous sponsors for the event. With sites still reporting in, total attendance is expected to exceed 70,000 participants.

In Wichita, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Board member for the Center for Medical Progress, released a short video encouraging protesters that Planned Parenthood is in crisis mode and losing support as the result of the videos.

It is illegal to sell human fetal remains for profit, and it is also illegal to alter an abortion process in order to ensure that body parts are available for “donation” or sale.

So far, the CMP video exposés have each gone viral with millions of total of nearly 8 million views and have sparked defunding efforts at the national and state level, numerous state investigations and a Congressional inquiry. The subject of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking in aborted baby remains has even dominated presidential politics with all GOP candidates making statements in support of defunding the abortion giant. Some, such as Texas Rep. Ted Cruz, are pushing for criminal prosecutions of Planned Parenthood executives.

More videos are expected to be released in the coming days and weeks.