in the streets of Granite City, Illinois June 1, 2006
Once known for their
towering steel mill now known for the Midwest's largest baby-dumping
Written by Angela Michael
Psalm 60:11-12 "Give us aid against
the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the
victory, and He will trample down our enemies."
Five years ago to
the day of this settlement the taking of a child's life which resulted
in a botched abortion the Hope Abortion Clinic began a campaign of
intimidation and slander against Small Victories seeking to lay the
blame on anyone but the abortion mill. This was a bitter-sweet
settlement, but we felt it was time. A child was dead and a mother was
wounded, which happens everyday across America.
Five years of
litigation and false accusations against us is over! This settlement
agrees that we never attempted to pull bed sheets off a woman or other
ridiculous charges. In summary the settlement reached agrees with our
intentions to date since this was never about Jane Doe but rather
exposing the risks of botched abortions, particularly at free-standing
abortion mills. We are free to continue to expose the evils of abortion
through the truth and the Gospel of Christ.
We have seen
several women laying on gurneys being rushed across the street to
Gateway Regional Hospital suffering medical complications from botched
abortions. Karen S. was admitted to another hospital in St. Louis
because fetal body parts were left inside of her after an abortion at
Hope Clinic. She was so full of infection she had to undergo a complete
hysterectomy with several blood transfusions and she also suffered a
uterine tear and is currently suing Hope Clinic for failing to inform of
the risks and dangers of abortion and severe emotional distress. Wendy
H. had her small bowel pulled through her uterus during an abortion at
this clinic. Not only an emergency hysterectomy had to be performed to
save her, but she has to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of her life.
This is all on record. When you walk through those purple doors, you are
literally taking your life in your hands. Bottom line: abortion is not
The motto of Hope
Clinic is “Where there's choice, there's hope” But
that is a lie. There is no hope in choosing to kill your innocent child.
Hope that results in guilt, anguish, and hundreds of different
manifestations is not real hope. There is no hope beyond those purple
doors in Granite City . The only true hope is in Jesus Christ.
Christian warriors were hit with yet another threat of an emergency
court order last week trying to silence the messenger. Mark Levy who
represents the Hope abortion Clinic in Granite City, Illinois filed for
an emergency restraining order against the Michaels so they could no
longer stand outside both of his law offices informing the public that
he represents baby killers. We sent out a press release the night before
and were prepared to represent ourselves in yet another attack of our
First Amendment rights. The devil's tactics are “When you can't attack
the message, you attack the messenger” by harassing, intimidating,
lying and suing them right off the sidewalk but this small remnant
didn't go away as this abortion clinic planned. They got even bolder.
They kept showing up for the battle and even turning the tables on this
Goliath in the baby killing industry. We sued them back and we didn't
back down. We ran right into that uncircumcised Philistine just like
little David did, 1 Samuel 17.
morning we were notified that Mr. Tom Brejcha of the Thomas Moore
Society, Pro-life Law Center was on his way down to southern Illinois to
We walked into
the courtroom with our weapon underneath our arm: the Sword of the
Spirit. The hearing was slated for 2:00 p.m. It was 2:20 and Mr. Levy
had not yet arrived. The bailiff asked us if we were there for the court
hearing and we replied, “Yes,” and he then placed a call to Mr. Levy
and Mr. Levy said that he had forgotten about the hearing. I was drawn
to read Psalm 60:11-12.
Mr. Brejcha appeared and began working on our case. After some heated
discussion in the judge's chamber that day between Mr. Levy and Mr.
Brejcha we were to reconvene the following week.
It was Memorial
Day weekend. Mr. Brejcha worked tirelessly and returned this past week
and filed a brilliant brief for the Michaels. Reporters were waiting
when we arrived Wednesday afternoon. Both lawyers went into the judge's
chambers and began arguments. Mr. Levy had mentioned to Mr. Brejcha that
he was going after Daniel's inheritance. We surmised this would be our
first male heir to the throne or our firstborn of the eleven sired…
They also let Mr.
Brejcha know that Mr. Levy and the Hope Clinic fear the Small Victories
weekly radio program in St. Louis which airs live in the St.
Louis/Illinois area and streams worldwide over the Internet.
Both lawyers came
back out into the hall. Mr. Brejcha conferred with Daniel and Angela and
let them know that Mr. Levy dropped his motion for the Temporary
Restraining Order as it would be a blatant violation of our First
Amendment rights. Both parties were preparing to leave the courthouse
and reset a court date in two weeks to work on a possible settlement in
the Jane Doe litigation. Angela turned to reporters and lawyers and
said, “Let's do it now. It's the 5-year anniversary of what started
this litigation, it's time.” Both parties and Judge Don Weber worked
on the wording and the agreement and the clerk typed and made copies of
the final order to be signed and submitted to court records.
“King Jesus is
still on the throne,” Angela mentioned as she and Daniel signed their
names to the settlement. Outside reporters asked, “Are you guys giving
up? Will you protest anymore?” We answered, “Absolutely we will
continue! Wherever there is evil and injustice we will go to the public
square and cry out.” Daniel interjected by letting them know, “As
long as Mr. Levy represents an abortionist who kills children and hurts
women we'll be out there.”
Mothers that have
taken the life of their child through abortion can never erase that day
from their memories. There is a tearing of a bond between a mother and
her child. That is why we plead with women not to go in the abortion
clinic and take their child's life and why we try and follow up on women
that do go ahead and kill their child so we can reach out to women so
they can at least receive forgiveness and healing through Christ and not
suffer in silence and anonymity, in order to break the cycle of violence
and stop the war in the womb.
go into the abortion clinic to get fixed but they come out broken. We
are committed to helping women, just like Jesus. Many of the women He
met were in unhealthy relationships or hurting. Many needing comfort or
looking for love and throughout the Bible each woman found forgiveness
and real hope only through Jesus Christ.
Women need love,
not abortion. Psalm 130:7 “…put your
hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with Him is
Special thanks to
attorneys Rick Nelson of the American Liberties Institute, Tom Brejcha
of the Thomas Moore Society, Pro-life Law Center, and Jason Craddock for
all of their hard work and prayers!
Below is a news
article on the settlement from the Belleville News-Democrat.
activists settle suit over Internet post
protesters Daniel and Angela Michael of Highland reached a settlement
Wednesday with a woman who sued them for taking a picture of her and
putting it on the Internet after the woman suffered a botched abortion.
settlement, the Michaels do not have to pay the woman any money, but are
prohibited from talking about her or her medical records. She is
referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe.
The case made
international headlines when it was filed nearly five years ago. The
Michaels' picture of the woman, which the lawsuit alleged showed her
bleeding in a wheelchair, were put on an anti-abortion Web site. Doe's
attorney, Mark Levy, has said that although the woman's face was not
recognizable in the picture and she was not mentioned by name on the Web
site, the Web site also contained information from the woman's medical
records, making it possible to determine her identity.
said Wednesday her goal was to inform the public about the risks of
abortion, not to hurt Doe.
about Jane Doe. It never was," she said. "That was the whole
thing behind this, to show how unsafe abortion is."
"We've got an agreement for the entry of a permanent injunction,
and it was in the best interest of my client.... She just wanted to be
states the Michaels are "permanently enjoined from obtaining,
distributing or publishing specifically the name, medical records,
medical data and/or photograph of the plaintiff, Jane Doe."
Angela Michael is
the host of a radio show.
undergoing an abortion June 1, 2001, at Hope Clinic for Women in Granite
City when she suffered a uterus tear. She was taken to a neighboring
hospital, which at the time was St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.
Doe claimed in
her lawsuit that the protesters grabbed at her sheets to uncover her
states the Michaels did not attempt to grab or remove the sheets. The
settlement also states the Michaels obtained Doe's medical records from
an unknown person.
Michaels and their attorney, Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society
Pro-Life Law Center in Chicago, were in and out of Madison County
Circuit Judge Don Weber's chambers for nearly two and a half hours
Wednesday during negotiations.
approved the settlement, told the parties in court that both sides
deserve credit for resolving the issue.
to be part of ending these five years of litigation," the judge
said. "I think it was a good agreement, a fair agreement, and I'm
happy to sign it."
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