Roger Gannam of Liberty Counsel Explains
by Christine Ross
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led,like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ General George Washington’s address to the Army, March 15, 1783
Recently, Judge Carol Carol Bagley Amon ruled in favor of 13 pro-life activists who counseled expectant mothers and preached at the Choices Women’s Medical Center, an abortion mill in Jamaica, NY. Judge Amon heard the case in Albany, NY after then-Attorney General Eric Scheiderman filed suit against them last year. Attorney Roger Gannam from Liberty Counsel talked about this case on today’s podcast.
We often take our freedoms for granted until they are taken away from us. There is an old saying that “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Thank goodness for the vigilance of law practices like Liberty Counsel, the Thomas More Law Society, and Thomas More Legal Center and others who help pro-life activists.
Otherwise, we might end up like Canada, England, and Europe, where it is difficult, if not impossible, to offer help and hope to unwed mothers at abortion mills. A Canadian pro-lifer once told me you can’t even wear a pro-life badge or pin if you walk down the same street as an abortion mill in Toronto, Canada.
Therefore, we must continue to fight for the right to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, namely unborn children. Even though it can be tough and it requires personal sacrifice, we must continue to fight for the right to life of all persons, both born and unborn.
After we talked about the case, Roger and I talked about sidewalk counseling and my volunteer efforts outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill here in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Roger mentioned the case of a child who was saved when a pro-life activist reminded the expectant mother that her child had ten fingers and ten toes just like her. Those words haunted the mother as she went into the abortion mill, causing her to change her mind. Eventually she returned and let the sidewalk counselors know their efforts had saved her baby’s life.
Towards the end of the podcast, I asked Roger what we pro-life activists could do to avoid prosecution for trying to help expectant mothers. Of course, we need to be civil and polite.
But we also need to video record a general view of what’s going on, and not aim the camera at any one person to avoid false accusations of harassment. If it comes to going to court, the recording will back us up in court, he said.
The most important thing is to pray the rosary every day for our salvation, for our nation, President Trump, and for the end of abortion. Before we go to abortion mills, we need to pray that God will touch the hearts of all involved, and grant us peace, and bring an end to the civil war of abortion.