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[Photo: Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR being carried out by police at an abortion clinic in Washington, DC (May 2020). Supplied by author.]

By Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 22, 2021

Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., is the Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society. …

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
“Rescue those being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not.”
“If we believe abortion is murder, we should act like it.”

Monica Migliorino MillerNot so very long ago, tens of thousands of pro-lifers, inspired by the above statements, blocked the doors to abortion centers. Thousands were arrested, hundreds convicted in courts of law, and many served time in jail. I am of course referring to the heyday of the pro-life rescue movement—a movement that began in the mid-1970s and ended in the mid-1990s—a movement that involved priests, ministers, Protestants and Catholics, men and women, a whole host of young people, and even a few bishops such as Daniel Lynch and Austin Vaughn. The commitment of these pro-lifers was epitomized by Joan Andrews Bell who served two years of a five year sentence, eighteen months of which was spent in solitary confinement. Under the leadership of Randall Terry, Operation Rescue marked the high point of this activist effort in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  …