After 21 years of court cases, the courts have finally reaffirmed an earlier Supreme court decision that pro life leaders cannot be prosecuted under the RICO laws that were originally written to allow prosecution of criminal conspiracies.

Judge David Coar issued a final judgment on May 8, dismissing the charges brought against pro-life activists by the National Organization for Women under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in June 1986. ..
In February 2003, the US Supreme Court rule that the RICO law could not be properly applied to pro-life activists, in the absence of any clear evidence of criminal intent. But the plaintiffs persisted with the case, forcing another Supreme Court confrontation. In February 2006 the high court ruled unanimously for the defendants, sending NOW v. Scheidler back to lower courts for the final judgment that was issued on May 8.

This, of course, will not be reported in the news, since the MSM traditionally views abortion as a big civil rights issue (never mind that most abortions are done under duress by women pressured or abandoned by lovers and family).

And of course the MSM traditionally paints those in favor of life as wild terrorists and bigots who don’t care about babies once born. (Never mind that many protesters individually rather than institutionally care for children who would otherwise have been aborted–by caring for neighbors, helping local girls get food and clothing, caring for their teenagers kids’ kids, or by adopting “unwanted” children abandoned by parents on drugs).
But the point is that this court case has implications for all peaceful protesters, and is a win for anyone who wants to peacefully protest something without worrying that they will be jailed and made bankrupt for criminal conspiracy.
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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.

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