WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — This week, police dropped charges against the two pro-life activists arrested for attempting to chalk the message “Black Preborn Lives Matter” outside a Washington, D.C. abortion business.
Warner DePriest and Erica Caporaletti of Students for Life of America (SFLA) were arrested by D.C. police outside the Planned Parenthood megacenter on the morning of Saturday, August 1, 2020.
SFLA had a permit and had communicated with the City of Washington, D.C. about the group’s plans to paint the street. Their initiative followed the city’s decision to allow a private organization to paint on the street a message in support of defunding the police. SFLA was asked to use tempera paint and had planned to do so.
Both DePriest, a D.C. resident, and Caporaletti, a student at Maryland’s Towson University, have now been officially cleared of all wrongdoing.
“It’s a relief to finally have this matter closed,” DePriest, a philanthropy adviser with SFLA, said in a press release.
“As a student of our political system, I believed then and I believe now that all Americans should have the right to speak up for the preborn and their mothers,” he continued.
“Almost every week, I pray outside the Planned Parenthood where I was arrested for the hope that lives will be saved. and because I can’t be silent on the human rights atrocity of our day.”
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is standing for governor of Virginia and, like Joe Biden, he likes to say he is a "very strong Catholic."
Yet, also like Biden, he strongly supports killing unborn babies and is a longtime defender of the abortion industry. As if to underscore that fact, McAuliffe has even ghoulishly campaigned at an abortion center in his latest run for office.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which tells Terry McAuliffe to reject killing the innocent, stop supporting the abortion industry, and return to the Catholic Faith! This petition will also be CC'ed to the Virginia Catholic Bishops' Conference.
In spite of the fact that McAuliffe was born and raised in a Catholic family and graduated from a Catholic high school and university, he has supported the murder of the unborn throughout his life in elected office.
Indeed, McAuliffe has been taken to task several times by different dioceses. Going back to 2004, McAuliffe was disinvited as a guest speaker at his high school alma mater in Syracuse, New York, because of comments he made during a radio interview, saying that abortion is a matter of choice.
Fast-forward to 2017, when then-Governor McAuliffe (of Virginia) was excoriated by the Virginia Bishops' Conference for vetoing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
At the time, the Bishops' Conference stated that McAuliffe's "actions harm the dignity of women deceived by the multibillion-dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion."
Nevertheless, McAuliffe apparently still sees nothing wrong with his support of killing unborn babies, and, as above, he recently toured an abortion mill for a morbidly opportunistic campaign photo-op. (See tweet below.)
Grateful for the opportunity to tour the Whole Woman’s Health facility in Charlottesville this afternoon with @SallyLHudson. I'll always fight to protect women's clinics as gov. No Youngkin Texas-style abortion ban in VA! pic.twitter.com/EmgDvK3AVY— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) September 9, 2021
Stepping foot inside a place where babies are actually killed, and then campaigning to keep such murderous facilities open, takes support for abortion to a heinous new low.
And, supporting abortion as a public official is even worse for McAuliffe in terms of his relationship with God and the Catholic Church.
While supporting abortion is always wrong, Catholic politicians who vocally support abortion have an even greater responsibility to renounce their wayward positions precisely because of the scandal it can cause to the Catholic faithful, very possibly leading many others astray.
Relying on the Catechism lessons he received throughout his high school and university education, Terry McAuliffe should now reconsider his position on the killing of unborn children, and take this opportunity to publicly repent of his support for abortion, the killing of the innocent.
If McAuliffe does not take steps to publicly repent of his adamant support of abortion, the bishops of Virginia should take this opportunity to address and clarify his relationship with the Eucharist and the Church.
Terry McAulliffe and all Virginians deserve to know about his standing in the Catholic Church, especially if his relationship with the Church is something he likes to speak about publicly.
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Michael New, the Catholic University of America faculty member who coordinates sidewalk counseling efforts outside the DC Planned Parenthood, was pleased that the charges were dropped.
“Charges should clearly have never been filed in the first place,” New said in the press release.
“People should not have to fear arrest for espousing pro-life views in public.”
DePriest also was arrested in August 2020 for his pro-life activism. That arrest was reported by The Washington Post and Fox News. DePriest also appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show on August 3, 2020. He continues to assist with sidewalk counseling outside the DC Planned Parenthood.