Anti-Choicers Arrested in Front of White House While Protesting the ACA

Members of anti-choice groups The Christian Defense Coalition, the American Family Coalition, Priests for Life, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust and others gathered for some “civil disobedience” in D.C., as the groups staged street protests in an attempt to get arrested protesting the Affordable Care Act.

Many of the over 50 arrested were teens, according to the report. The protesters, who said they were recreating the “jailing of Peter and the apostles when they refused to stop preaching in public,” claimed that the mandate for no co-pay contraceptive coverage violated their religious freedom.

Via Infozine:

Ashley Baldwin, 23, a barista from Los Angeles, said that as a pregnant woman, it is very important to stand up for the rights of the child in the womb. “Since they are the most defenseless among us all,” she said.

“The death toll in this country is outrageous – 1.3 million children are being killed just by abortion every year. That is not counting chemical abortion and contraceptives,” Baldwin said.

The movement, which is calling itself “ActsFive29” said that it will continue its attempts to get arrested protesting heath care reform. “Today our arrests will be voluntary, a living witness to the church and to the government — tomorrow arrest may be the only option if we are unwilling to pay to have someone’s child murdered.

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  • crowepps

    Right, ‘not a penny of my taxes paid should be used for something about which I have moral qualms.’

    So just what kind of tax burden *does* a barista with kids have?

  • robin-marty

    she appears to be a staff member for Survivors.  May not be paid, though.

  • veggietart

    I’m standing up for the children who are already here.


    And if “not a penny of my taxes paid should be used for something about which I have moral qualms”, why did a portion of my tax dollars fund the war in Iraq, which I opposed?  And why do my tax dollars fund subsidies for animal industry, something which, as a vegan, I find utterly objectionable?


    And when are they going to get that contraceptives are NOT abortion but actually reduce the need for abortions?

  • gordon

    Their signs say, “Stand up for religious freedom.”  Is it just my imagination, or are the people who protest the loudest that their Constitutional rights are being infringed usually the same ones who work most tirelessly to deprive other citizens of their Constitutional rights?

  • veggietart

    It’s not your imagination.  They are demanding the right to deprive others of theirs.  And when they’re told that they can’t do that, they scream about how their rights are being infringed upon.


    Well, no, it is NOT a war on religion just because you can’t get your way on everything.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    “‘That is not counting chemical abortion and contraceptives,’ Baldwin said.”


    Is bully Baldwin the barista so brain-dead that she sees no irony between her right to serve (and chug!) contraceptive coffee, while protesting everyone else’s access to more reliable pharmaceutical-grade contraceptives?  Just two to four cups of caffeinated beverages can trigger miscarriages in some women, and I personally know two such women who experienced caffeine-induced miscarriages.

    And does bully Baldwin bother with background checks on her priest buddies? — they probably are registered pedophiles who have dibs on her “lucky” fetus!

  • lindzanne

    They should take a look at case after case against the birth control mandate that’s getting thrown out.  And yes, it’s not your imagination.  They don’t get the direct conflict between standing for “religious freedom” and practicing a faith AND practicing actions that call for no other religion but theirs.  I watched some video of this over the weekend.  It was hilarious when the leader of the protests, Patrick Mahoney, one of the original members of Operation Rescue, said, “And because we honor all faiths, we will now say the hail Mary.”  There were also some great speeches from Bryan Fischer, leader of a hate group documented by the Southern Povertly Law Center, Lila Rose, who implicitly condoned Dr. Tiller’s murder in her speech, and Brandi Swindell, who interrupted Secretary Sebelius at a church service: .


  • veggietart

    Careful.  We don’t want them trying to deny caffeine to women of childbearing age, although if anyone gets between me and my morning tea, they are in for it.