New York, NY, May 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A pro-abortion activist from New York pled guilty yesterday to making death threats against two high-profile pro-life leaders. He could face up to 51 months in federal custody. Sentencing is scheduled September 12.
Ted Shulman reached an agreement that allowed him to plead guilty to making the death threats against Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Prof. Robert George of Princeton University.
Shulman has also repeatedly threatened the lives of Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger and other pro-life leaders across the country, including Jill Stanek.
In one audio recording made available by Operation Rescue, Shulman told Sullenger to “convert” to pro-choice “during the few months you have left on this earth,” or else “you will go to hell and burn.”
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Fr. Pavone issued a statement in a press release after learning of Shulman’s guilty plea, saying that he extends his “personal forgiveness,” and that the pro-abortion activist is in his prayers.
“I hope that his acceptance of personal responsibility for what he did, and his readiness to serve jail time for it, is for him the beginning of a road of conversion and repentance that will reach even to the point of renouncing his position in favor of legal abortion,” Pavone said. “Violence against me and other leaders is wrong for the same reason that violence against children in the womb is wrong. Both must be rejected.”
Shulman has been held without bail since his arrest on February 24, 2011, after federal agents raiding his apartment found cyanide and two other deadly substances in his possession. The plea agreement dropped charges related to the deadly substances in return for his guilty plea on the threats.
Schulman, who liked to style himself as the “first pro-choice terrorist” and hosted a blog called “Operation Counterstrike,” is the son of pro-abortion feminist Alix Kates Shulman.
His mother wrote the 1972 sex novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen and revealed she had four abortions - “not one” of which, she claimed, was “the result of carelessness.” Schulman was born in the middle - two siblings were aborted before his birth, and two after.
“One doesn’t have to be a psychiatrist to figure out why Shulman is messed up. He needs our prayers,” Jill Stanek wrote today, after referencing the abortions of Shulman’s siblings.
“We are thankful that Mr. Shulman will be locked up for some time where he cannot hurt anyone. We pray for him that he will find repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ,” said Troy Newman of Operation Rescue.