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More Abortion Killings

Sep 13, 2009

Yet another abortion-related murder. The controversial issue of abortion has resulted in more killing. And as usual the media is having a feeding frenzy on this story. All over the world the news of this latest shooting is being reported.

The above story is true, except for a few items. Yes, there was a shooting, but not as you might expect. Over the years a handful of abortionists have been killed for various reasons. The mainstream pro-life movement has always roundly condemned the use of violence in stopping abortion.

But this shooting was different. This time a pro-lifer was shot dead. And one other item needs to be mentioned. Unlike the shooting deaths of abortionists, wherein the mainstream media goes ballistic and runs the story for days, calling on authorities to make pro-life activism illegal, this story has hardly been touched upon in the MSM.

Indeed, not only is it almost impossible to find any coverage of this story in the international media, but where it occurred – in the US – there is also frightening silence. Because this is a pro-lifer who has been shot, the MSM has basically decided that this is not a news-worthy item to carry.

So it is largely the alternative media that has been running with the story. Thus I too will write this up, to allow some more public exposure to this important news item. The details are as follows: Michigan man Jim Pouillon was outside of a High School where he was shot three times and died on September 11.

As one press report puts it, “Locals say that the victim, James Pouillon of Owosso, was well-known in the area for his pro-life activities. Columnist Doug Powers wrote on his blog that Pouillon, called ‘the abortion sign guy’ by Owosso locals, was known for standing on street corners holding up signs with pictures of aborted children.

“Pastor Matt Trehella of Missionaries to the Preborn said today that Pouillon had joined his organization for a few stops of a pro-life tour less than a month ago. ‘Jim was a selfless, soft-spoken, kind-hearted man. All who knew him, knew this,’ he said. ‘Please pray for Jim’s family.’ Trehella said that Pouillon was an elderly man who needed constant use of an oxygen machine.”

At this point it is not clear what the motivation of the shooting was. So we cannot say for sure if this was related directly to the abortion issue. Of course when a pro-abortionist is shot, the media is all over the story, even before it is clear who did the killing and why.

(Stop the press, this just in: “33-year-old Harland James Drake has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder of pro-life veteran Jim Pouillon this morning as he carried a pro-life sign in front of a local high school, reports local news station WILX-TV. Prosecutors said Drake told them he targeted Pouillon because of his pro-life activities.”)

This may have been the first death of a pro-lifer in the US, but it is certainly not the first act of violence against those who would defend the life of the unborn. Violence, intimidation, threats and abuse are the continual lot for those who stand up for children in the womb.

For example, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said that this is a long-standing problem: “We have received literally hundreds of death threats in the past three months. Our office has been vandalized three times. Just yesterday, the FBI was in our office and picked up a stack of threatening letters that we received. We denounce violence in the strongest terms. The bloodshed must stop both inside and outside of the abortion clinics.”

Thus there is the daily violence against unborn babies, as well as against those who seek to protect them and speak up on their behalf. As Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “James Pouillon today joined the approximately 4,000 other victims who will be killed today because of abortion. The taking of all innocent lives must stop. I call on the leaders of the so called ‘pro-choice’ movement to condemn this killing and to consider all of the people who lose their lives to abortion every single day.”

Cal Zastrow, Co-Founder of Personhood USA, said this about his friend: “This morning a violent man murdered a peaceful pro- life Christian, Jim Pouillon, my close friend. Jim was completely non-violent and never condoned using violence. I knew him very well and had prayed and ministered with him often. He was praying and holding a poster of a newborn baby outside of Owosso High School. One of the students in the school was his granddaughter. His beating heart and measurable brainwaves are stopped. Also today, 4,000 American preborn children with beating hearts and measurable brainwaves are being murdered with suction ‘abortion’ machines or drugs. Their beating hearts and measurable brainwaves are stopped. We condemn both forms of murder. Don’t shoot, stab, smack, slap, or suck the arms and legs off of children with suction machines! Stop the violence!

“The last time I talked to Jim was this week, Monday. I prayed with him over the phone as he was preparing to go talk about Jesus and show pro-life signs in front of Owosso High School, where he was martyred this morning.”

Abortion is clearly the human rights issue of our time. As Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the Fifties and Sixties, people lost their lives to secure the civil rights of those victimized by discrimination. Now, James Pouillon has lost his life in the civil rights cause of the 21st Century, the struggle to protect the right to life of every single person, born and unborn. Mr. Pouillon has not died in vain; the struggle will only be renewed because of his courage and sacrifice.”

This tragic story highlights the very real divide in the US about the abortion issue. It is clearly a contentious issue that will not go away. One wishes however that the MSM would be even-handed about this topic. Its near silence about this shooting simply demonstrates how one-sided and biased the MSM is on this topic.

If it ever decides to present a bit of balance here, my job would be less vital. But because it seeks to cover news mainly from a pro-death perspective, this and numerous other alternative media sites will continue to speak out. And for the sake of the 45 to 50 million unborn babies who are killed around the world each year, we dare not remain silent.

www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/sep/09091101.html
www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/sep/09091106.html
www.christiannewswire.com/news/630811517.html
www.christiannewswire.com/news/9382211523.html

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11 Responses to More Abortion Killings

  • I know we are going crazy protesting against Abortions; however, have we lost the reason why abortions are being considered???? It’s called “Sex” and most of these are out of marriage…this is what we need to be discussing in order to stop putting the band aid on abortions…then we will see less of them taking place…Please, let’s talk more about Abstinence…
    Aaron Crowe

  • One thing I can report is that American commentator Bill O’Reilly, who has the top cable news programme in the USA, did in fact cover the story, but importantly he pointed out how the mainstream media ignored it. I’m pretty cetain it was also covered by Sean Hannity, whose show follows O’Reilly. Hannity is also pro life.
    Frank Bellet, Petrie Qld

  • Well, someone is trying to get the word out:
    http://www.examiner.com/st_louis
    Kathie Boelkes, USA

  • I am doing my part as much as I can. I see that the AP in the Baltimore Examiner has info on the fact that the killer might have tried to commit suicide but I’m just not seeing the lamestream media covering this at all with a slight exception of Fox News. My part is: http://www.examiner.com/st_louis which is currently front page but for all 4 articles, http://www.examiner.com/x-13503-St-Louis-Catholic-Living-Examiner
    Kathie Boelkes, USA

  • My prayer is for his family to seek God in order to find in Him the ability to forgive this young man for murdering their loved one, and that we, the rest of the body, will forgive him as well, for he is child of the Most High God just like the rest of us are.

    Let us pray for those who commit violent acts in the name of anything! Let us not think that we are any better than them. With the ability to commit great acts of love, we also all have the same ability to commit great acts of hate; we stand above no one.

    Matthew 6:15 – But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    Michelle Guillemaud

  • It’s an uphill battle trying to overcome the MSM’s bias against pro-life people. Abortion is an horrific act of bloody violence: an abomination. Let’s not water it down. People in Governments that legalize it (except for very rare cases where the mother’s life is truly endagered) should hide their faces in public.
    Jerry Gonzalez

  • aaron crowe – there was some research to suggest that the married women made up a large percentage of those seeking abortions, more so than single women. So talking about abstinence has limitations and once a woman is pregnant, it does not help to say “well you should have done this or that” that ship has already sailed so to speak.
    Kelly Williams

  • Michelle, yes pray that all may find the ability to forgive, but there is no moral equivalence here between Christian pro-lifers and abortionists. Yes as members of fallen humanity we all have the “same ability to commit great acts of hate”, but by the grace of God those of us who are Christian have been changed so that we do not go around murdering people.

    Ewan McDonald.

  • Yes, as Christians we expect more from our governments and the media in upholding natural morality, but it is unreasonable on our part to assume this when society rejects God of Abraham – added to which, Jeremiah reflects that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Christ said in Matthew 15, verse 19, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

    John Adams, second president of America said in October 11, 1798, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    The homosexual agenda and abortion are inextricably linked. Scott Lively, in his online book “Redeeming the Rainbow.” chapter 5,bottom of page 60 says, “In the same manner, the cause of sexual license is advanced by a successful abortion industry. The choice to kill their unborn children morally compromises both men and women (making them unwilling to criticize choices to engage in other forms of immoral behavior), and ensures that the outcome of an unwanted child will not be a lasting deterrent to those who have chosen sexual“ freedom” over family. This explains why homosexuals, who by definition cannot conceive children together, are among the most militant advocates of abortion on demand. We can see, then, that at least in a conceptual sense, what seem like separate and independent battlefronts of the culture war are really a single one. The “gay” ethic is a Hydra whose many heads are “gay” rights, serial marriages, abortion, pornography and other sex-related social iniquities. Our task, as people who seek to restore the primacy of the family, is to slay this ideological serpent of sexual libertinism, even as we continue to battle each of its lethal heads. Why have we identified sexual license as the “gay” ethic, when its most destructive aspects seem to be associated with heterosexual behavior? It is because the culpability of “gays” relative to the spreading effects of sexual license in society is akin to that which we assign to drug pushers, even though it is the addicts themselves who destroy their own communities through criminal behavior.”

    So what practically can the Christian do? Dr Scott Lively Section Three, entitled Practical Action, gives plenty of practical advice. We should all be on page 115 by now.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Today I saw a sign outside the chemist at QV in Melbourne. Apparently now they are able to sell abortion pills. Anyone who is less than 7 weeks pregnant is able to buy these pills with a doctor’s prescription. When did abortion become something that can be done in our own homes? And so readily available – to the point that it’s over the counter now?! I knew morning after pills, which are basically the same, were available but these new ones are actually called abortion pills.

    Please pray for our chemists and doctors and stop these pills being distributed.

    Emily Chen

  • Hi Emily,

    You are quite right to be shocked at these sales, but what you have seen utilizes only a tiny fraction of the legal scope for killing babies under the ‘Abortion Law Reform Act’ passed in Victoria last year.

    Section 6 of this act reads:

    A registered pharmacist or registered nurse who is authorised under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 to supply a drug or drugs may administer or supply the drug or drugs to cause an abortion in a woman who is not more than 24 weeks pregnant.

    Section 7.3 reads:

    A registered pharmacist may administer or supply a drug or drugs to cause an abortion in a woman who is more than 24 weeks pregnant only if the pharmacist is employed or engaged by a hospital and only at the written direction of a registered medical practitioner.

    http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/Domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/PubStatbook.nsf/f932b66241ecf1b7ca256e92000e23be/BB2C8223617EB6A8CA2574EA001C130A/$FILE/08-58a.pdf

    So pharmacists can supply, without prescription, and on demand, pills to any woman who wants to kill her baby up to 24 weeks. A medical certificate is all that is required to legally kill a baby right up until the time of birth.

    I hope all readers of this site will be attending the March For The Babies on October 10th to protest against the passing of this Act.

    http://www.marchforthebabies.org.au/

    Mansel Rogerson

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