Catholic priest and pro-life activists thrown in jail for three months for counseling women inside abortion clinic
White Plains City Court Judge John Collin delivered the maximum sentence
to three pro-life activists, one of them a Catholic priest, who tried to counsel women to choose life rather than murder inside a New York abortion clinic.
Father Christopher "Fidelis" Moscinski, along with William Goodman, both 52, and Matthew Connolly, 40, were convicted of third-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. They will now have to go to jail for three months.
As part of a "Red Rose Rescue" at All Women's Health & Medical Services on November 27 of last year, the three men entered the baby murder facility with red roses and attempted to give them to women on the verge of murdering their babies.
"You were made to love and be loved," read a Miraculous Medal note attached to each flower. "Your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy."
All of the women smiled upon receiving a rose, according to Goodman. And one of them engaged in a "relatively long" conversation with the men, who described the experience as a positive one. (Related: Numerous Jewish groups and the Satanic Temple agree that
abortion is a religious ritual.)
For two hours, the men remained inside the facility despite requests from staff and police to leave the premises, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office. Eventually, police officers carried the men out of the building to arrest them.
District Attorney Miriam Rocah pushed for maximum sentence because Red Rose Rescuers interfered with "medical and reproductive care"
At no point did the Red Rose Rescuers block entry into the abortion clinic, nor did they restrict in any way the women's ability to proceed with the operation.
"All they did was hand out roses to the patients in the waiting room and offer them alternatives to abortion and supportive services," said Steve Anduze, the men's attorney, to Matt Spillane of the Rockland / Westchester News
"They were telling them that there were services available to them. They had the opportunity to choose a different path. They wanted to save the lives of the unborn."
Even so, district attorney Miriam "Mimi" Rocah
, an obvious abortion lover, pushed for a maximum sentence against the men for daring to "interfer[e] with a patient's right to access" what she described as "medical and reproductive care."
Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and co-founder of Red Rose Rescue, told LifeSiteNews
that the three men all expected to receive the maximum sentence, considering the location in which the incident occurred.
"All through the trial earlier this year, Judge John Collins exhibited bias and hostility against the rescuers, granting everything the prosecutor requested," she wrote in an email.
"Moreover, residents of Westchester County, NY are very pro-abortion, keeping in mind that New York as a state was out front early in codifying abortion through the ninth month!"
There were also numerous letters to the editor sent in to the local press demanding that the three men receive the maximum sentence, and that is exactly what ended up happening.
"But, this is not a defeat," Miller made sure to add. "No, it is a spiritual victory as Father Fidelis, Will and Matthew embrace the Cross of Jesus – they unite their sufferings to the Passion of the Lord – and many great graces will be multiplied by their sacrifice."
Miller added further that other pro-lifers should be inspired by their example and participate in Red Rose Rescues themselves, if they feel so inclined.
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