The pro-life community in Rockford, Illinois, will finally get
some respect, but they had to go to the federal court to gain
Pro-lifers demonstrated regularly at the city's lone abortion
clinic where the owner and others were known to taunt them.
Kevin Rilott with the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative describes some of
the incidents that took place before the abortion clinic.
"It was unbelievably bad. At times
assaults took place on pro-lifers," he tells OneNewsNow. "We'd have
to call 9-1-1 repeatedly two, three, four times. Officers would
show up over half an hour after an assault took place. They just
were not taking any of these incidents seriously."
In one case, he says, a pro-lifer who had been assaulted
provided police with a description of the assailant as well as the
license number of the vehicle. In another incident, a pro-life
prayer warrior outside the abortion clinic asked an arriving police
officer why he was wearing a large skull on his knit cap.
"The officer responded by ordering the pro-lifer to get out of
his sight, and when the pro-lifer complied with the officer's
demand, he ticketed the pro-lifer for taking a few steps onto a
residential street and gave him a jaywalking ticket for that," he
A federal lawsuit was filed and a settlement has been reached,
meaning police will respect free-speech rights, officers will be
trained on the Constitution, and grievance procedures will be set
in place if officers do not comply. The Rockford abortion
clinic is now closed.