By Cheryl Sullenger
It was New Year’s Eve morning. A small group of pro-life activists gathered peacefully on the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, as they routinely do, to offer help to women.
But today wouldn’t be routine.
Before the morning was over, John Ryan, an experienced activist who regularly offers help to pregnant women at Planned Parenthood, was under arrest and escorted to the back of a patrol car.
He would later be charged with domestic terrorism and pulling a fire alarm, which made no sense to those who were on the street with Ryan that morning. They say he never left the public sidewalk, nor did he ever break the law.
According to a Facebook posting, Ryan believes the arrest stemmed from false accusations made by a clinic worker with which he had a brief conversation that was witnessed by at least a half-dozen people.
Ryan said that he asked the abortion worker, “How would you like to bring in the New Year with a new job?”
“You didn’t dream of working at an abortion mill when you were a little girl,” he added. “No little girl dreams of that. What happened to that little girl?”After Ryan’s arrest, police dispatched a K9 unit to Planned Parenthood, which was inside the high-volume abortion facility for about an hour while Ryan remained cuffed in the back of a patrol car.
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