White House Condemns Pro-life Activist's Murder

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President Barack Obama called Friday's fatal shooting of a Michigan pro-life activist "deplorable."
In a two-sentence statement, Obama said, "Whichever side of a public debate you're on, violence is never the right answer."
James Pouillion, 63, had been standing across the street from a high school holding a pro-life sign when he was killed.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered Sunday for a vigil to remember Pouillion.

"We are shocked at this senseless violence against a peaceful man," Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America (CWA) told the Christian Post.

"Jim Pouillon sincerely lived out his belief that babies have the right to be born," she said. "He dedicated his life to convincing others to reject the violence of abortion. It is a tragedy upon tragedy that a peaceful man who tried to end violence was himself violently killed."
Witnesses wrote down the shooter's license plate and police tracked down the suspect, 33-year-old Harlan James Drake, who admitted to another murder.

"We believe that the motive behind this is Mr. Drake did not believe that children should view the graphic material that was on the signs that Mr. Pulian carried," said Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau.

The school was on lockdown Friday morning, until it was confirmed that no students were hurt or in anyway involved.  

Death Threats Against Pro-lifers Up

CBN News has also learned that the FBI is investigating an increasing number of death threats against pro-life organizations.

The head of operation rescue, Troy Newman, told CBN News that the FBI spoke with him in person Thursday at their office in Wichita, Kansas.  This is the third time he's had a face to face meeting with the FBI in just the last three months.

Pouillon and the city of Owosso had been at odds over his anti-abortion demonstrations. 

Back in 2000, Pouillon was arrested while protesting on public property.  Pouillon sued the city and two of its police officers for violating his rights to free speech and religion.  

For the past ten years Pouillon was out nearly every week-day fighting for the lives of the unborn.

Pouillon once said that while he believed abortion was killing, he also believed it was wrong to kill doctors and nurses who provide them.

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