Ax-Wielding Priest Crashes Car into Abortion Clinic

A Catholic priest drove his car through the door of an Illinois abortion clinic on Sept. 30 and proceeded to vandalize the clinic’s front hallway with an ax. The clinic was not open at the time of the break-in and no one was injured. The building’s owner fired two shots from his shotgun into the air to stop the priest, who was arrested and charged with burglary and felony damage to property. The priest, Rev. John Earl, is the pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL. Earl did not reach the clinic office, so damage was confined to the entrance hallway and the door he crashed through with his car. His attack came just two days after the Food and Drug Administration announced the long-awaited approval of mifepristone, a safe and effective method of early, medical abortion.


New York Times and Washington Post _ October 1, 2000

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