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Illinois Federation

For Right to Life

Daily News

Monday, July 21, 2008

Truth Truck 'Held Hostage' at St. Louis Planned Parenthood


Security guards block Truth Truck from leaving parking lot, help abortion-bound women see the horrific truth about abortion


Operation Rescue's Truth Truck, driven by Mark Gietzen, caused a stir the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Saturday, July 19, 2008, when he drove onto their parking lot and parked near the front door as abortion-bound women entered the facility.


Security guards for Planned Parenthood immediately rushed to close the parking lot's iron gates to prevent the Truth Truck from leaving while they summoned the police. But this action turned out for the good, allowing the Truth Truck to witness to the women in the parking lot for longer than it would have otherwise.


Gietzen was convinced that his actions were completely legal.


"They did not have the proper signage to keep me off the lot," he said.


Apparently the police agreed. Officers made the Planned Parenthood security guards open the gate and allow the Truth Truck to leave as over 300 pro-lifers cheered.


"You would think if Planned Parenthood didn't want their patients to see the Truth Truck, they would have let Mark drive on, instead of holding him hostage," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "By locking the Truth Truck into their parking lot, they were accomplishing our work for us!"


Gietzen and the Truth Truck were in St. Louis to attend the Walls Of Jericho Event hosted by the Defenders of the Unborn.


Contact: Troy Newman, Cheryl Sullenger

Source: Operation Rescue

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