In a legal victory, a judge has stopped the Obama administration from targeting a peaceful pro-life advocate helping provide abortion alternatives to women heading to an abortion facility in Louisville, Kentucky. In January 2010, David Hamilton was peacefully and lawfully handing literature to women entering EMW Surgical Center, an abortion clinic. He was not only interfered with illegally by abortion facility volunteers who locked arms to block him from talking to women, but he faced legal action from the Obama administration. The Department of Justice prosecuted him for allegedly assaulting a volunteer who actually assaulted him. The “escort” attempted to forcibly block Hamilton to prevent him from sharing literature with women entering the clinic that explained other options to them. Over a year after the date of the incident, rather than serving the clinic volunteer with a legal complaint for the illegal conduct, the Department of Justice served Hamilton with a legal complaint, alleging that he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life legal group, stepped in to provide Hamilton with legal support in court. The Obama administration lawsuit sought a $15,000 penalty and $5,000 in compensatory damages. Read More
I recently went with students to a pregnancy resource center in Washington, D.C. on the Capital area mission trip. I’ve been to several pregnancy resource centers and am always impressed by the calmness of their spaces, kindness of their staff, and quality of their services. This visit reminded me how much these details matter! We were told that at this center, there’s a survey women fill out after their visits to tell the staff about their satisfaction with their care. The most frequent comments on the survey? “I cannot believe how clean it is” and “Your staff was so nice”.