10 people arrested for blocking entrance to Louisville abortion clinic
Around 6 a.m. Saturday, LMPD responded to a call of people loitering in front of the EMW Women's Clinic on East Market Street.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ten people were arrested Saturday morning for blocking the entrance to a Louisville abortion clinic.
Early Saturday morning a crowd of about 100 people demonstrated in front of the EMW Women's Clinic in Louisville.
Facebook video taken by a pro-life supporter shows a large police presence and numerous people being arrested outside the only remaining clinic that performs abortions in Kentucky.
The event was organized by Operation Save America.
The ten people arrested by police include Laura Buck of Indiana, Eva Edl of South Carolina, Eva Zastrow of Arkansas, David Graves of Washington State, Thomas Raddell of Ohio, Dennis Green of Virginia, James Soderna of Kentucky, Chris Keys of Texas, Rusty Thomas of Texas and James Zastrow of Missouri.
Police said they were locking arms and blocking the entrance to the clinic. After being asked numerous times to leave, they were taken to jail for criminal trespassing.
The pro-lifers say they were demonstrating Interposition.
“Now interposition takes place when one stands in the gap between the oppressor and the intended victim. And by standing in the gap, rescues the victim from the oppressor's hand,” said Rusty Thomas, the National Director of Operation Save America.
Thomas was one of the ten arrested and posted a video to the organization’s Facebook page ahead of the demonstration.
“They are risking arrest for one reason ... to rescue their pre-born neighbors that are led away to slaughter,” Thomas said.
The 10 men and women violated the Face Act, which stands for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances.
Anne Ahola, the Director of EMW called Saturday’s actions intimidating and discriminatory against women. She added the pro-life supporters made women feel unsafe and volunteers in orange vests were needed to help people get to the clinic.
All ten people have been released from jail.
Organizers say a much larger demonstration is planned for July 22-29.
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