Magazine article The Human Life Review

Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

Magazine article The Human Life Review

Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

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ABANDONED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ABORTION WARS By Monica Migliorino Miller (St. Benedict Press, 408 pp., 2012, $26. 95)

Car chases. Arrests. Prison sentences. Funerals. In her book Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, Monica Migliorino Miller draws on the dramatic and often shocking events of her decades defending unborn life to provide a new perspective on abortion. She highlights Christian charity as well as dedication to one of the more overlooked corporal works of mercy in an epic struggle to save and honor the most vulnerable among us.

The first page opens with an epigraph from Sophocles' play Antigone:

Creon has ordered

That none shall bury him or mourn for him;

He must be left to lie unwept, unburied

For hungry birds of prey to swoop and feast

On his poor body.

No one shall say I failed him! I will bury

My brother-and yours too, if you will not.

In Sophocles' play, King Creon forbids anyone to bury Antigone's rebel-lious brother Polyneices. The heroine disobeys this law-in defense of a higher, divine law-and suffers imprisonment for burying her brother.

Like Antigone, Miller disobeys the law to defend the ostracized. Unlike Antigone, however, she defends the innocent.

In her testimony before the court, Miller said, "[T]hat baby still deserves to be treated like a human being, to be loved, to be defended, to be given an act of love in this world before [he or she] die[s]." For this reason, she en-gaged in nonviolent protest against abortion.

At the Forest Park Oasis overpass in Illinois, Miller led a group of pro-testors in handcuffing themselves to a car, blocking the doors to Wendy's, and sitting down in front of a police escort to bring an abortionist to his clinic. She also took part in numerous abortion clinic "blitzes"-storming in with protestors, who would chain themselves to the machines to prevent the killing of unborn children. She even led a group of more than 20 pro-lifers who blockaded an abortionist's driveway.

For keeping this "doctor" from going to work, Miller faced a prison sen-tence. Miller argued that she could disobey the law in this case because of the "defense of necessity." This legal exception allows citizens to break laws in order to save lives. However, the court rejected the application of the plea here. "Defendants' acts were intended to protect nonexistent rights and pre-vent the exercise of rights guaranteed by the Constitution," said the lawyers of Concord, Illinois.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Kremers mocked Miller, saying "She's the only one that is so righteously committed to her cause that she can do whatever she wants to do and she shouldn't have to suffer any penalties for it, regardless of what the law in this country is."

Miller defended a higher law, and spent time behind bars.

Other prisoners could tell she didn't belong. Olivia, a young woman also in prison, told her, "I want you to know how much I respect you for what you did. I'm in here for messin' up, but you're in here for doin' somethin' good."

Even in prison, Miller advised other inmates against abortion. She dis-cussed abortion with a former clinic worker named Randie. Reticent at first, Randie started reading the Bible and turned around. Another ex-abortion worker, Patrice, testified against her abortion clinic. The "doctor" in charge "did the abortions so fast that often there was not enough time for the anes-thetic to take effect. …

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