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The Largest Civil Disobedience Motion in U.S. Historical past–Invoice Cotter & Phil Lawler


Could 8, 2018

Operation Rescue is the most important civil disobedience motion in
American historical past. It even dwarfs the civil rights motion, with
over fifty thousand individuals having been arrested between 1988 and
1992 for nonviolently blockading abortion clinics. But most individuals,
even most Catholics, don’t know the story. On the uncommon events
when it has been coated by the media, it has been falsely and
laughably portrayed as violent and extremist.

Right now’s episode is one thing of an oral historical past of Operation
Rescue, informed by Invoice Cotter, head of OR Boston, who spent 19 months
in jail for his involvement with the protests. You’ll additionally hear
from’s personal Phil Lawler, who offered the general public
face of OR Boston whereas Invoice was in jail, and in addition wrote a guide
in regards to the motion in 1992.



Phil Lawler’s guide, Operation Rescue: A Problem to the
Nation’s Conscience

Operation Rescue Boston

Operation Rescue nationwide web site

Footage of police brutality in opposition to Rescuers throughout the “Summer season
of Mercy”, by which tens of 1000’s of pro-lifers flocked to
Wichita and 1000’s have been arrested

Footage of L.A. police breaking a Rescuer’s arm with nunchucks



Invoice Cotter interview

3:00 Description of a rescue

6:49 Ways to delay police from dragging individuals away

10:13 Elements that stored Operation Rescue from persevering with to
function as a mass motion blockading abortion clinics after its
heyday within the late 80s and early 90s: courtroom injunctions, most
individuals unwilling to go to jail for longer than a weekend

12:07 The general public concerned weren’t activist varieties and
the rescues weren’t demonstrations. They’d a selected concrete
aim: on that day, at the moment, in that place, to forestall infants
from being killed

14:31 In response to Phil Lawler’s guide Operation Rescue,
in between 1988 and 1992 over 50,000 Rescuers had been
arrested—about six occasions as many arrests as throughout the whole civil
rights motion! So why don’t extra individuals find out about OR? (Want I
have requested?)

17:00 Lack of assist and even hostility from some Catholic
clergy immediately in the direction of pro-life motion

18:19 Police brutality in opposition to Rescuers in West Hartford, CT and

22:22 Invoice spent 19 months in jail

27:15 Combined response to OR in Boston

29:19 The genesis of OR; the early days; getting increasingly

34:06 Invoice’s participation in Rescues outdoors Boston; Rescues
accompanying St. JPII’s go to to the US in 1987; the Summer season of
Mercy in Wichita

37:39 What’s OR doing immediately?

39:54 Is it true that the younger persons are changing into extra

42:05 Studying about Operation Rescue is a problem to our
complacency and desensitization to the continued toleration of
abortion. Why shouldn’t I be in jail proper now?

47:51 Significance of prayer

49:28 How individuals can study extra and become involved with OR

50:31 Present indicators of hope for the pro-life motion;
eschatological hope

Phil Lawler interview

55:12 How Phil received concerned with Operation Rescue

56:35 His first impression of OR individuals

57:52 Phil was the general public face of OR Boston whereas Invoice Cotter
was in jail

58:47 Being arrested

59:55 Phil’s interactions with the media on behalf of OR,
private expertise of media bias

1:02:00 How the archdiocese of Boston handled OR

1:04:07 The media and others routinely accused OR of violence;
Ted Kennedy made a speech saying OR had “a coverage of firebombing
and even homicide”(!!!)

1:04:59 The optimism of the pro-life motion at the moment

1:07:52 The draconian penalties judges imposed on the

1:10:24 Why achieve this few Catholics find out about OR?

1:11:02 Couldn’t the Rescuers have referred to as the bluff on these
lengthy jail sentences and introduced the entire thing to a standstill?
Phil provides his personal private reply

1:13:27 Joan Andrews, the Dorothy Day of the trendy pro-life
motion; immediately’s Purple Rose Rescues

1:15:20 This week’s excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI, Deus
Caritas Est




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