South Dakota Pro-lifers Face Violence, Persecution

Dear Friend,

As you know, our pro-life colleagues in South Dakota are putting up a courageous fight to stop abortion. As I write, a bill that would BAN ABORTION in South Dakota and challenge the crumbling foundations of Roe v. Wade, sits on the Gov. Mike Round’s desk awaiting his signature.

But as these brave legislators and pro-life leaders await the decision of the governor, the true violent face of the abortion industry is rearing its ugly head. The following story from Focus on the Family provides the details of the violence, threats, and intimidation that these heroes for life are being subjected to by desperate pro-abortionists.

We at Operation Rescue can empathize with their plight. Our office has been vandalized, we face daily death threats, and our highly effective Truth Trucks are continuously attacked. But we should not wonder at these events. Those who would kill innocent children have no objections to further violating the law and common decency.

One South Dakota pro-life family, the Unruhs, are a determined and gutsy! Please pray for the safety of Allen and Leslee Unruh, and the many courageous legislators who fought so hard for the first Abortion Ban. May God bless their bravery! Visit their website at http://www.abstinence.net/

“Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” 2 Thessalonians 1:4

Please continue to contact Gov. Mike Rounds and ask him to sign HB 1215, the abortion ban legislation into law as soon as possible.

A voice for the voiceless,
Troy Newman
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Governor Mike Rounds
Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605.773.3212 (If no one answers, leave a message.)
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Abortion Ban Supporters Hit by Vandalism
by Wendy Cloyd, assistant editor
March 3, 2006
Copyright © 2006 Focus on the Family.

South Dakota pro-lifers are targets of eggs and threatening calls.

Pro-abortion activists in South Dakota have apparently begun punishing supporters of an abortion ban.

The bill to ban abortion sailed through both houses of the state Legislature last month and is now at the governor’s desk awaiting his signature

Leslee Unruh, founder of the Alpha Center, a pregnancy-resource agency, fought hard to get the message to lawmakers that abortion kills innocent babies and hurts women.

She said she and her family have now become targets.

Her house has been splattered with eggs. She’s had coat hangers arrive in her mailbox. Someone placed dead animals on the property of her husband’s chiropractic clinic, leading some employees to fear coming to work. She’s received extremely threatening calls in the middle of the night, a ton of hate mail, and her favorite coffee shop told her not to come back.

“They said, ‘We have a choice as to who we serve, and we choose not to serve you,’ ” she said. “They were careful to emphasize the word ‘choice.’ ”

Unruh said she knew some people would be upset by the ban, but she’s shocked at the level of the anger.

“I am sad for all the people that send the hangers and have all this anger because of being connected to the abortion issue in their own lives,” she said. “I’m concerned about my whole country now. I thought you were at least free to say what you thought, but they do not want me to speak. Not only do they want to hush unborn children, they don’t want me to talk about it, either.”

Unruh said her opponents especially don’t want to hear how abortion affects women.

“It seems to make them the most angry,” she said, “when I talk about post-abortive women.”

Unruh is trying to make the best of the situation. She said she plans to use the coat hangers to hang up baby clothes at the pregnancy-resource center.

Carrie Gordon Earll, director of issue analysis at Focus on the Family Action, said the events in South Dakota are a reminder that taking a stand for life can come at a cost.

“The more restrictive the pro-life legislation being considered, the more likely we are to see attacks against those supporting it,” she said. “It would be naive on our part to assume that positive movement by lawmakers toward the pro-life position will be greeted with neutrality by abortion advocates.”

Earll said as pro-lifers win more battles, they should be ready for a backlash.

“Threatened people sometimes respond in threatening ways,” she said. “We would hope that cooler heads would prevail, but, at the same time, pro-lifers should be prepared for extreme responses from the pro-abortion side as some may have no qualms about turning verbal threats into action.”