This special column by Wende Right is a summary of the Florida Pro-life Network project. I’ve been watching this develop for the last several years with great interest. The information shared here is both astounding and encouraging. Even so, in my experience with Miss Right, I’ve observed that she is given to hyperbole and flights of whimsy. While I don’t have the time or the resources corroborate every fact here, I’ll leave it to our discerning readers to “read between the lines.” Or better, I recommend going to Florida Pro-life Network and subscribing to the feed or email updates. Then you can investigate and draw your own conclusions. I for one give much credence to the following report.
Special guest column by Wende Right (as told to Phil Fox)
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD,
And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
- Jeremiah 23:29
I watched the HBO cinéma vérité special on pro-life activists versus child killers in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is about two hours down the coast from my old stomping grounds. The special aired in September 2010 and is aptly titled 12th and Delaware. Smack dab in the middle of the documentary is an old friend I will call “Tony Lucchese.” He’s built like a bouncer and has the attitude to boot.
In the documentary, Tony seeks to discover the identity of a “mystery killer” who has been entering and leaving the abortuary under a blanket. Tony’s mission is to stake out the spot where the killer is dropped off each day in a Walmart parking lot and discover his true identity. This attaque brusquée would be followed, of course, by residential pickets of the killer’s home and visits of protesters to his office. OB/GYN patients are overwhelmingly pro-life. Most don’t want to employ a doctor who kills unborn children on the side for extra cash. According to Tony, these butchers will be forced to quit killing babies or they will end up employed at child murder full-time.
It brought me back to the mid-1990s, when I was part of a discipleship-training course called IRRRTT (Institute for Really Really Rough Tactics Training) led by Melbourne pro-life activist Mark Hall. One of us used what was at that time an innovation – an 8mm camcorder with an LCD screen and optical zoom – to surreptitiously capture an out-of-state “circuit rider” mystery abortionist on video tape. We circulated a still image from that video to pro-life activist groups throughout the country. We soon discovered from some friends in Ohio that the name of the killer was William Phillip Egherman.
The image of Egherman was then posted on what became known as Jay’s Killer Web Page. This website soon grew into a listing of every killer who had ever worked at Aware Woman Center for Choice in Melbourne, Florida.
Jay’s Killer Web Page made local and national news – even a mention in Mademoiselle magazine. Florida Today noted in a feature article that pro-life activists were beginning to make use of the Internet to keep track of the killers’ activities on an almost daily basis. The spin the liberal media put on this was that pro-life activists were now using “high-tech gadgets to track and expose reproductive health professionals who feared to let their identities be known.”
Even then, we knew that it would be only a matter of time until the Internet would advance to a point when virtually anything could be known about anyone. Social networking sites such as Facebook are the harbinger of this brave new world of no more privacy. Advances in digital video, GPS devices and mapping tools will soon make it possible to literally track the activities of the child murderers and killing place workers at all times. Of course, this needs to be done with a pro-life ethic – peacefully, legally and morally – but we also must heed the command of Ephesians 5:11: “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Such strategies combined with numerous ground tactics led to the closing of Brevard County’s only killing place. Rumor has it that the two clinics that sought to operate in the area were so discouraged by the relentless dedication of Melbourne area pro-lifers that no one else has dared to open a child killing center there since.
I’ve long hoped and prayed for God to raise up a team of Internet prodigies who could take what a few nameless, humble volunteers did with Forerunner.com/fyi/ and make the leap to a state-wide network.
Now in Florida Pro-life Network the revolution has arrived on schedule.
The Hammer of God
The ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tsu wrote that the first rule of warfare is to know your enemy. The second rule is to know your enemy’s tactics. This is the entire modus operandi of Florida Pro-life Network. According to an insider:
We do not allow our enemy to define us or allow them to determine our course of action. Almost any battle is winnable if we can first define them and cause them to react to our tactics. Public relations is crucial in this strategy. We will define who the killers are and cause them to react to negative publicity. We will know who they are. We will track their every movement. We will stage “street theater” that will be recorded on video and posted on the Internet. We will write numerous blogs, vlogs and articles that will document their most outrageous behaviors. In turn, these vignettes will be aggregated through feeds on numerous pro-life websites.
Let me warn you that although Florida Pro-life Network stands for peaceful, biblical resistance, it is not for the faint of heart. Recently, it generated so much controversy that the entire website was hacked through servers located in Russia, China, and several Muslim countries. However, the reproducibility of the site makes it virtually impervious to destruction. The entire website is backed up to a remote offshore server whenever it is expanded or altered.
Florida Pro-life Network is a major endeavor run by several pro-life leaders, groups, networks, affiliations, and apparently has some serious funding. It’s eclectic and quirky, somehow managing to invoke all at once of such revolutionary spirits as Joseph Scheidler, Keith Tucci, Oliver Cromwell, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
The videos produced and edited by Jay Rogers, which are scattered throughout the website, deserve five out of five stars. The maps of the killing places and killers’ homes, though it has displayed several inaccuracies in the past, still receives four stars because the concept is just that good. Imagine being able to see on a virtual map of Florida every abortion mill in the state with photos, videos, profiles, homes of the killers, staff and accomplices. In addition, Florida Pro-life Network will provide a state-wide networking tool for every pro-life street team in the state of Florida.
Day to day reconnaissance is carried out by operatives in the field using iPhones to upload the latest information, photos and videos. In fact, this is one of the strengths of Florida Pro-life Network. The traditional web is dying, but the mobile web is taking off (regardless of what Wired magazine may say). The children of Gen-Y gravitate straight to wireless technology. They thrive on listening to podcasts and communicate through texting to on-line social networks. Florida Pro-life Network is ahead of the curve here. The committee that runs the website is not simply satisfied to look at the horizon, but seeks to imagine what is beyond it.
The upsetting thing to me about most pro-life websites is the lack of any coherent Christian doctrine. Like the pro-life movement, it’s a grab bag featuring content from almost every quarter of religious speculation. I hope that as Florida Pro-life Network grows the committee responsible for its maintenance will have the resources to employ a Reformed theologian (hopefully one with a Reconstructionist bent) who can work out an epistemologically consistent framework that will serve as the basis for accepting new article submissions.
Already those in the liberal, pro-abortion media have taken note that Florida Pro-life Network is “a startling example of a burgeoning nationwide collusion between otherwise isolated extremists bent on using the Internet’s so-called freedom of speech to destroy the reproductive health rights of women.”1
It was going to be said eventually. But I think that the committee in charge of this endeavor ought to wear this paranoid liberal screed as a badge of honor. Also, let me state in no uncertain terms, as the president of the third largest women’s organization in America, that Roe v. Wade was, if anything, the most sexist ruling ever to come down the pike.
Florida Pro-life Network was launched in 2006 as a limited liability group, but sadly lacked the capital to get off the ground. Then in late 2009, a few volunteers who make up the core of the new corporation redesigned the site on a content management system. The site came into its own, in the summer of 2010 when it helped break several nationally syndicated stories concerning the child murder industry in Florida.
According to one of the committee “insiders,” here are some of the surprising facts and statistics that Florida Pro-life Network has racked up in the first few months of the website’s new configuration.
2,438,000 visitors to date, more or less.
3,568 feed or email subscribers, more or less.
$39,750 in donations received in its first year of public filing (2009) as a non-profit corporation according to Florida Pro-life Network’s 1090 forms. One of the odd features is that the online donations are limited to $100 per person per month. The committee has issued a statement saying that it insisted the funding be truly grassroots.
The website employs several 24/7 spy webcams at each of Florida’s 70 child killing clinics viewable only to registered members.
Taking a cue from Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel, a free iPhone will be awarded to the 10,000th email subscriber to the site.
According to our sources, Florida Pro-life Network is headquartered in Orlando, FL near Lake Eola. The entire website is run by a volunteer outfit of six people: Two women, four men. The fledgling organization is currently hoping to recruit seven mature Florida pro-life visionaries and 21 Gen-Y “techies” to help with data entry assignments.
A little known oddity about Florida Pro-life Network is that the organization took over operation of Lake Eola’s famous swan boats in the summer after the company was forced out of business due to the current economic downturn.
I often predicted this day would come back when we were living in abject poverty as pro-life missionaries in Melbourne, Florida. Today, as the president of the third largest pro-life women’s organization in the world, I look back fondly on those “lean days.” Frankly, I am overjoyed to see my comrades in arms (figuratively speaking, of course) finally coming into their own.
May God bless Florida Pro-life Network beyond our wildest expectations and use it to stop child murder. I pray that this noble endeavor will spread across the state of Florida like a late winter forest fire and from there all across America even to the ends of the earth.
1 If you’ve read this far, you may have the suspicion that Wende Right is a pseudonym and that this article contains some exaggeration. This is admittedly one of the problems with relying on the Internet for factual information. If you have any questions, please email me. If you are a BATF agent concerned about the 70 spy cams, please don’t come to my house looking for information. Note that Florida Pro-life Network has cleverly disguised these cameras and even I would not know how to identify one. – JCR