Anti-abortion activists plan to be arrested at Dem Convention
Vail, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” The founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue said Wednesday that he and other activists plan to be arrested during the Democratic National Convention while protesting Barack Obama’s support for abortion rights.
Randall Terry said the protest would be a sit-in but he declined to give details of exactly when and where the protest would occur following a closed-door meeting with police about his plans. He estimated that between 10 and 30 people would be arrested.
Terry said he and volunteers would also leave thousands of pamphlets on cars parked at shopping centers and churches around the Denver area.
One targeted at evangelicals is entitled “Real Solutions for the ‘Negro Problem”’, which asks voters if they would support a fictional candidate who was right on all the issues but also supported slavery. It states that murder is worse than slavery and Christians can’t vote for any candidate that supports abortion.
“Our intention is to jolt the evangelical and Catholic churches back to reality. They’re being seduced by this Obama mania,” Terry said at a press conference outside police headquarters. He said he promised not to discuss his meeting with police.
Terry said the brochure is a parody. It was first issued in 2007 before Obama emerged as the Democratic front runner. It urges voters not to vote for “Rudy or Hillary” but doesn’t mention Obama.
The other brochure has a photo of Obama on the front and quotes John Paul II’s encyclical “Evangelium Vitae.”
While Terry founded Operation Rescue, another anti-abortion activist, Troy Newman, claims the trademark rights to the name. The pair are in the middle of the legal dispute over who is the real Operation Rescue.
Newman’s Operation Rescue, along with the Christian Defense Coalition, plan to hold a prayer vigil Saturday near the Pepsi Center, the site of most of the DNC events.
Brian Chavez-Ochoa, a lawyer for Newman’s Operation Rescue, said Terry is choosing to associate himself with Operation Rescue to get media attention at the DNC. He also denounced the “racially motivated” content of Terry’s brochure.
“I would suggest that Christian activists act in a different fashion,” Chavez-Ochoa said.
Terry wouldn’t comment directly on the prayer vigil but said he regretted that more anti-abortion groups weren’t planning civil disobedience.
“We need to have social unrest if we’re going to change the world,” he said.