photograph gives evidence of forced abortion
accused man of rape, pro-life group documented her clinic visit
November 18, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A Christian ministry whose leaders have spent 14 years outside an
abortion clinic in
, taking photographs of abortionists, clinic employees and
customers are being credited with the arrest of a man on suspicion
of the rape of a child.
, Det. Jimmy Long has
confirmed it was a photograph provided by the Small Victories
ministry across state lines that helped secure a case against
suspect Jeffery Cheshier, 41, who had been accused by an underage
girl of rape.
But she reported he
forced her to go to the "Hope" Clinic for Women abortion
business in Granite City for an abortion, so there was no evidence
– until Long ran across a reference to the Small Victories
ministry and he checked their web site.
When he contacted the
pro-life group, they were able to provide photographs, with an
identifiable license plate number, of the suspect's car at the
abortion business at the time the girl claimed she was taken
Angela Michael, who
with her husband Daniel and their children run Small
Victories, had just returned home from doing a radio program,
and her husband told her to take the telephone because it was a
It was Long, who said
he was calling on a hunch. He described the situation.
"I saw that you
have pictures and archives," Long said, according to Angela.
He wanted to know if there was a photograph of a certain car at
the abortion business on a certain date.
"I said to
(daughter) Mia, 'Look this up,'" Angela said. "And we
had three incriminating pictures."
how upset she was, and pleading with him (the suspect) not to make
her go in," she said. "The detective asked, 'Do you have
the car?' 'Yes.' 'Do you have the plate?' 'Yes.' And I read it to
"And in the
background I heard the clicking of the handcuffs," Angela
Michael said, along with the comment "We've got him."
The suspect now is being held on $75,000 bond on counts being
developed in two counties, authorities said.
Long told the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch he called even though he believed his chances
were "slim to none."
The rape allegation
was made by the 15-year-old when officers responded to Cheshier's
home recently on a disturbance call. She told them that Cheshier
had sexually abused her for a year.
executive director, Sally Burgess, told KSDK
television she knew nothing about this particular case but
there are safeguards in place to protect juveniles.
teenager lets on to us that she's in any sort of jeopardy, we are
going to do what's in her best interest and that's report it to
the authorities," she said.
Angela Michael said
she's been monitoring the clinic for 14 years, and has heard
testimony from numerous former workers. All the clinic asks the
girls, she told WND, is Visa or Mastercard?
Police in Bryant told
the station in light of what happened to the alleged victim,
questions need to be asked.
officers, we see a lot of stuff but this is very disturbing to
us," said Sgt. Harold Edmonson. "I've been in law
enforcement 20 years and this is a first for me. We need to make
some stricter laws on this."
Angela Michael said
clinic is known nationwide because of the circumstances. Its
abortionists do late-term abortions and the state of
has no parental notification law.
The ministry parks
its ultrasound van on the public street in front of the abortion
business and encourages girls to miss their abortion appointments.
Angela Michael said she's seen "an abundance" of cases
where an older man obviously is forcing an underage girl into the
authorities, however, has been futile, even though there are
mandatory reporting requirements if there is a suspicion of
assault or injury to a child.
officers are to serve and protect, but who are they serving and
protecting?" she asked.
The situation is one
that has come up in other places. In
, outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline sought records from
abortion clinics after statistics showed there were dozens of
abortions on underage girls, but no reports of rape on a child,
despite state laws requiring those reports.
The abortion industry
reportedly responded to his investigation of those circumstances
with an organized campaign to deny him re-election in favor of a
candidate who had publicly promised to discontinue those
Rescue, one of the nation's leading pro-life Christian groups,
watched the developments closely, and said Kline's investigation
of abortion clinics for "the concealment of child rape and
illegal late-term abortions" was the key to the race.
has opted to continue the practice of looking the other way when
innocent young girls are taken to abortion clinics by their
rapists, who are looking to destroy the evidence of their
crimes," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
"It has also voted to ignore violations of
law that bans post viability abortions."
Kline had cited the
2003 state statistic that there were 78 abortions on girls under
the age of 15. In a state where the legal age of consent is 16,
how could 78 girls become pregnant and obtain abortions without a
single report of sexual assault, or rape, on a child, he wondered.
He went to court to
obtain the records, and just recently announced they had been
forwarded to him from a district court where identifying
information about the procedures was removed.
He also just
confirmed a few days ago, in an interview with Fox News' Bill
O'Reilly, that the medical records also indicate late-term
abortions that were done for reasons that
law doesn't allow.
opponent had said during his campaign he would start a domestic
violence unit, without any additional expense to the state.
"Some of the money that's been used on misplaced priorities
could easily fund" the plans, he had told the Lawrence
He cited Kline's
investigation of the abortion businesses run by George Tiller in
and Planned Parenthood as an example.
The Democrat also got
a huge boost in his campaign when a non-profit organization that
the newspaper linked to Tiller mailed hundreds of thousands of
dollars worth of mailings critical of Kline.
"One of the
first steps for a rapist when they have a child victim and the
child is pregnant is to eradicate the evidence of the rape,"