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A Catholic priest and two pro-life activists sentenced for Red Rose Rescue

Father Fidelis Moscinski, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, Will Goodman, and Matthew Connolly were each sentenced to 90 days in prison and ordered to pay $750 in fines and fees for their role in a Red Rose Rescue back in November at All Women’s Health and Medical Services in White Plains, New York.


In a Red Rose Rescue like the one that resulted in the arrest of these men, the rescuers peacefully enter an abortion facility waiting room to speak to women scheduled for abortions with the goal of persuading them not to abort.

They are offered red roses with a list of resources to assist them in choosing life. Should the woman still choose abortion, the rescuers stay in solidarity with the unborn baby inside the abortion clinic, remaining with them for as long as they can. They use noncompliance in response to being asked to leave the clinic, and the police officers carry them out.

In the justification of the judgment, the judge argued that the practice was legally binding in the state of New York. “Yes, abortion is legal in New York State. Not only legal, but even inviolable.”

While pronouncing the judgment, the judge mocked Moscinski’s Catholic faith by claiming that his “judgement day” had come. 


Image: Andrew Kelly / Reuters / Forum

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