WASHINGTON, September 30, 2002 ( – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to revisit the case of National Organization for Women v. Joseph Scheidler, the 16-year scandal that saw pro-lifers slammed with a mafia-like racketeering verdict in 1998. But now, “an increasing array of evidence,” says World magazine, suggests pro-abortionists may have given false evidence.

In 1986, NOW filed suit against Joseph Scheidler and Pro-Life Action League, later including Operation Rescue, Randall Terry, Tim Murphy and Andy Scholberg, and the Pro-Life Action Network. Feminists claimed Scheidler had “orchestrated and controlled a nationwide, mob-like campaign of violence and intimidation against women and abortionists.” In 1998, U.S. District Judge David Coar supported the feminist caricature of “Mafia-like racketeering and extortion.”  But now, legal documents suggest much of the evidence used was false. The Supreme Court will examine which, “if any, of the incidents of violence about which NOW witnesses testified falsely were among the four the jury believed? And would Judge Coar have thrown out the case had it not been for that testimony?”  To read a full-length feature in World Magazine, October 5 2002, Volume 17, Number 38, see:


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