Clinic escort pretends to be woman seeking abortion for media

Randy Alcorn, who participated in pro-life rescues, told the following story:

“A Minneapolis pastor told me of an incident at a rescue he observed firsthand. While rescuers were blocking access to an abortion clinic, news cameras arrived. A young woman then tried to make her way into the clinic and was peacefully prevented by the locked arms of the rescuers. She sobbed, right in front of the television cameras, “I’m just here for a Pap smear – why won’t you let me in?” obviously, this made ideal footage to discredit rescuing.

A little while later, the pastor saw the same woman wearing one of the clinic’s “escort” vests. She had been working for the abortion clinic all along! The entire drama had been staged and the woman was an actress, a phony. When the pastor pointed this out to the news crew, its members didn’t care. They said, “We have our story.” And they put it on the news that evening. Though they knew it was absolutely false, it served their purposes.”

Randy C. Alcorn Is Rescuing Right? (Downers Grove, Illinois, Inter-Varsity Press, 1990) 135

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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