A Catholic priest pleaded “not guilty” this morning to unlawful entry inside an abortion facility. The case moved forward, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for May 23 and the actual trial on June 25.
The priest, Father Stephen Imbarrato, and two other pro-life activists, Julia Haag and Joan McKee (collectively the “D.C. three”), will be tried together in June for their December 2 Red Rose Rescue. They entered an abortion facility operated by Steven Bringham at 6323 Georgia Ave NW, Suite 210 and gave roses and pro-life information to the women inside.
Imbarrato, Haag, and McKee are represented by Paul Kiyonaga, who is ranked by Washingtonian magazine as one of the area’s top lawyers. (This magazine’s lists have significant clout in the D.C. area.)
Kiyonaga informed Judge Frederick Weisberg that the pro-lifers intend to use a defense of necessity and/or one related to acting on their consciences. The May 23 pre-trial hearing will be when Kiyonaga explains these arguments in more detail; Weisberg will then decide whether they can be used.
Weisberg indicated he doesn’t think witnesses at that hearing will be necessary, but Kiyonaga said they may be. Kiyonaga will have to state his intentions about having witnesses at that hearing in a motion due April 17.
Michigan pro-lifers on trial today
There have been six Red Rose Rescues in the U.S. so far. They took place in Virginia, Michigan, and New Mexico in September 2017 and Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Michigan on December 2, 2017.
The only Red Rose Rescue where the pro-life activists chose not to risk arrest was in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 2017.
Today in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the trial of four Red Rose Rescuers, Will Goodman, Matthew Connolly, Abby McIntyre, and Monica Migliorino Miller, began. The rescue for which they are being charged with trespassing was on September 15, 2017.
Migliorino Miller is the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and a veteran pro-life activist. She is the author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars. She holds a Ph.D. from Marquette University and is an associate professor at Madonna University.
That trial is expected to last all day and possibly into Friday, February 16.
Today is the day for the fourteen men and women to be named. They need to be named, and those who are active in Catholic media must publish their names. This needs to be a nationwide, total Catholic publicity effort. It doesn’t matter if you are a “liberal” or a “conservative”.
If you have any voice, publish their names and publish the horror that they have enabled by their vote.
Their names are:
Maria Cantwell – Washington
Susan Collins -Maine
Dick Durbin – Illinois
Kirsten Gillibrand – New York
Heidi Heitkamp – North Dakota
Tim Kaine – Virginia
Patrick Leahy – Vermont
Ed Markey – Massachussetts
Catherine Cortez Masto – Nevada
Claire McCaskill – Missouri
Bob Menendez – New Jersey
Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
Patty Murray – Washington
Jack Reed – Rhode Island
That these fourteen identify publicly as Catholic go here. To see how they voted go here.
And of course the Bishops will do nothing but wring their hands.