View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Pro-lifers targetted in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD ( -- High profile supporters of South Dakota's ban on virtually all abortions, which the state's governor signed into law today, have been targeted with act of vandalism by abortion advocates angry the state would challenge Roe v. Wade.

Leslee Unruh is the founder and director of the Alpha Center, a Sioux Falls based crisis pregnancy center that helps women in the state's largest city find abortion alternatives.

Unruh, who also heads a national abstinence group, has been one of the more vocal proponents of the state's new abortion ban. She's now the target of pro-abrotion activists.

In an interview with Family News in Focus, Unruh said her house has been plastered with eggs, she's been mailed coat hangers by those who claim women will die from illegal abortions.

Unruh has had threatening calls in the middle of the night, hate mail and her favorite coffee shop told her to stop coming in because of the problems.

"They said, 'We have a choice as to who we serve, and we choose not to serve you,' " she told FNIF. "They were careful to emphasize the word 'choice.' "

Unruh's husband is a doctor and leading pro-life advocate in the state himself.
She told FNIF that he has had the bodies of dead and decomposing animals placed on his chiropractic clinic's property. The actions have made some of his employees scared to go to work.

The pro-life activist is taking things in stride and plans to use the coat hangers to hang up baby clothes in the pregnancy center.

Good for her!

This is the second piece I’ve seen about this violence.

Nothing in the South Dakota papers I checked last night, though.

Let’s pray for this family, for the ban’s success, and for all the pro-choicers that they may have conversion of hearts.


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