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

See updates below.

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
  • 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

    “Crazy” Antics and Dirty Tricks Kill Hospital Admitting Privileges Bill in New Mexico

    [This is a report from the scene of last night’s New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee hearing that stretched late into the evening. At issue was a bill introduced to require abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. Read on to see the lengths to which pro-abortion Democrats went to make sure this bill was killed in committee! – OR Staff]

    By Bud Shaver

    Santa Fe, NM — In a crazy night of drama in the democratically controlled Senate Public Affairs Committee hearing, chaired by ravenous pro-abort Sen. Gerald Ortiz Y. Pino. The democrats were successful in tabling Pro-Life bill SB 437 Physician Admitting Privileges for Abortions.

    Pino played politics from the outset of this particular Senate hearing by pushing the pro-life bill SB 437 dead last (even though it was scheduled 4th in line). The bill was finally heard at 10:30pm.

    SB 437 had been “rolled over” from a previous date due to an appendicitis attack suffered by Senator Gay Kernan (R). Due to the shenanigans of Sen. Pino, Sen. Kernan was not able to stay and hear SB 437 since she was in severe pain and physically not able to endure the long night.

    Chairman Pino also cut off the testimony of expert witness Tara Shaver, Senior Policy Advisor of Protest ABQ when she attempted to introduce 911 calls made from Albuquerque abortion facilities. Sen. Pino objected and threw a “tantrum,” claiming that the 911 calls were “too emotional” when Sen. Brandt asked for the 911 calls to be played, which documented severe injuries sustained by women from Albuquerque abortion clinics.

    Tara Shaver issued the following statement after the committee hearing, “When facts are disregarded as emotion you know there’s a problem. Quote of the night ‘women need and want [to kill their children by] abortion.’ There you have it my friends: insanity. Hospital privilege bill was tabled and hearts were exposed. Jesus is Lord and that’s where I cast my crown.”

    Protest ABQ sponsored both the key testimony introduced by Sen. Brandt and testimony in support of the bill provided by Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Melanie Hathorne.

    Michael Norton, of Alliance Defending Freedom, was planning on attending the hearing last Friday but was not able to make it tonight. Here is an excerpt of the testimony he submitted the following testimony to the committee members:

    Dear Mr. Chairman:

    Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is pleased to represent Protest Albuquerque in regard to its support of Senate Bill 437.

    ADF is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that promotes religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage and the family. While ADF itself does not engage in lobbying, ADF is able to explain the legal impact of a legislative proposal.

    Protest Albuquerque is a peaceful awareness campaign launched to educate and stand against the injustice of abortion through a strategic and sustained presence. Protest Albuquerque strives to educate Albuquerque and New Mexico residents on what abortion really is and what it looks like.

    While Protest Albuquerque is opposed to abortion and seeks reversal of Roe v. Wade and its progeny, Protest Albuquerque acknowledges that it must do all it can to protect the lives, health, and safety of vulnerable women who are subjected to an abortion and to protect and preserve the life of the unborn child.

    That is why Protest Albuquerque urges you to pass Senator Brandt’s bill – Senate Bill 437. SB 437 would require that a physician may not perform or induce an abortion unless that physician has active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is to be performed or induced. Violation of this provision of SB 437 is punishable as a misdemeanor crime which carries only a fine of $1,000.

    SB 437 is important to the health and safety of women of New Mexico.

    -It acknowledges the critical need for there to be continuity of care by the physician who performed the abortion to the patient in the event of post-abortion complications.

    -It would enhance doctor-patient communications and the transfer of information about the patient and the post-abortion complications problems the patient is experiencing.

    -It would support the ethical duty of the abortionist to care for the physician’s patient and not engage in patient abandonment.

    -It would assure that there was a thorough evaluation mechanism of the abortion doctor’s competency to practice medicine and better protect patient safety.

    Several members of the public endured the LONG night and circus atmosphere and testified in support of the pro-life bill. Cliff Severson, 40 Days For Life Coordinator of Rio Rancho and also proud member of Protest ABQ, shared his testimony of personally witnessing two ambulances transporting injured women from the late-term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options. He urged the committee to pass the bill to provide a measure of safety protocols for New Mexico women.

    Alan Sanchez, spokesman for the three Bishops of New Mexico urged the committee members to pass the bill stating that, “the Archdiocese of Santa Fe fully supports this bill.”

    Sen. Pino continued his belligerent attitude by throwing out a supporter of the bill after his testimony!

    Needless to say the Democrats voted on party lines to kill SB 437!

    We would like to thank Sen. Craig Brandt of Rio Rancho for introducing and sponsoring this bill and for his patience and graceful attitude that he displayed through this long ordeal.

    “For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.” Romans 13:4