"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand (1 Sam 24:15).
Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip (Ps 26:1).
On Wednesday, February 26, the God of the Bible gave the Pro-life Movement a major victory. By an 8-1 decision (Justice John Paul Stevens was the lone dissenter), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women that federal racketeering and extortion statutes were improperly used against pro-life protesters (see wwws prayeralert.org/alertarchives/alert-02-12-01.html & prolifeaction.org/nowvscheidler/victory.htm).
This important ruling ends a case that began 17 years ago when the feminist National Organization for Women (NOW) and two abortion clinics in Wisconsin and Delaware, sued Joseph Scheidler and other pro-life activists charging them with extortion and racketeering under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law intended to help crush organized crime.
But Wednesday's ruling was a mixed victory. In their opinions, the Supremes noted that in the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), "Congress crafted a statutory response [to] the problem of criminal activity at health care facilities." Pro-aborts can still use FACE to severely punish pro-life activists. The draconian Clinton era law imposes steep financial penalties on pro-lifers convicted of praying, counseling or protesting outside an abortion clinic in such a way as to cause "physical obstruction... [or that] intimidates or interferes with...any person...obtaining or providing reproductive health services..."
Join Us in Giving Thanks for God's Intervention:
-Heavenly Father, we are so THANKFUL for the victory over this unjust use of RICO. Thank You for vindicating Joe Scheidler and the other faithful Pro-lifers who were targeted. Thank You for motivating Your people to pray.
-Now, Please REVIVE & BLESS efforts to defeat the FACE Act. STOP every effort to silence Pro-Life activists who are giving voice to innocent pre-born children who cannot speak for themselves.
-May the Cry of the Innocents grow ever LOUDER until Your people have put an end to the Abortion Holocaust. In Jesus' Name, AMEN! (1 Chr 7:8-36; Ps 89:1-10; Lk 2:46-56; Rom 8:37-39; Jas 1:5; Rev 12:11)
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