Six pro-life activists sentenced to jail time for 2022 ‘Red Rose Rescue’

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A group of pro-life activists has been sentenced to prison time for a Red Rose Rescue staged in 2022 at a Michigan abortion business.

According to Lauren Handy and the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), Matthew Connolly, Laura Guis, Monica Miller, Elizabeth Wagi, Jacob Gregor, and Father Fidelis Moscinski were sentenced by Judge Cynthia Arvant to jail time in Oakland County, Michigan. All were charged with trespassing, resisting/obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct-interfering with a business, and loitering.

Southfield’s Deputy Chief of Police Jeffrey Jagielski said the six activists entered the Northland Family Planning abortion facility to hand out red roses, with information on how to get help should the women decide against abortion, and then they refused to leave. When police tried to force them to leave, they became “limp,” and were taken out in wheelchairs.

Miller called the verdict “disappointing and frustrating” in an interview with the Oakland Free Press. “We were there to defend life, throwing ourselves on the side of the unwanted. And that’s how we are going to live our lives,” she said, adding, “If the unborn don’t matter…(they’re) an oppressed class, not recognized as persons under the law.”

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In a Twitter thread, Handy, who was previously in a Michigan jail for her anti-abortion efforts, outlined what the pro-life activists could expect.

“I won’t give you platitudes. I know what it’s like in a [Michigan] jail but I will tell you… you aren’t alone. You won’t be forgotten,” she said of Guis. “She’s currently being stripped naked and a cavity search. Then given a uniform/number and taken to a cage where she will survive the next 60 days. Her crime? Passing out roses and resources to moms seeking abortions inside that business’ lobby. For acting like abortion is murder. For declaring our preborn neighbors are of equal moral worth and then aligning her beliefs to actions. For ignoring the imaginary line that the State enforces where baby killing is ok vs not ok. For loving passionately and vulnerably these babies. May God have mercy on all those incarcerated.”

Connolly, along with Father Moscinski, were both sentenced to 90 days. Guis received a 60-day sentence, and Miller was sentenced to 45 days. Wagi was sentenced to 18 months probation and 10 days of community service, and Gregor received a sentence of 12 months probation. However, they vowed to keep fighting to save preborn children.

“Do not be sad,” Father Moscinski said. “This is not a defeat.”

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