Pope Francis said and did so many good things
on his visit to our benighted country...
Joan Andrews’ action alerted me first that something was terribly wrong. She was the one who said in a soft, gentle way, that when the Roe v. Wade decision was affirmed January 22, 1973, she waited for the Church and her leaders to take to the street. They didn't -- and she was thunderstruck.
So Joan took to herself the incredibly heroic task of awakening the conscience of the Church. She identified with the unborn child in all his helpless, defenceless state. She went to the abortion chamber and attempted to stop the killing by standing between the assassin (the doctor) and the woman. This effort merited for her an unheard of penalty of five years in solitary confinement.
But she wrote those prison letters which were collected and eventually published by Ignatius Press.
Her witness inspired me and others to undertake the largest act of civil disobedience in American history in what became known as Operation Rescue.