In 1985, the Pro-Life Action League, headed by Joseph Scheidler, published a book “Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion”. The National Organization for Abortion Women sued, fearing that an actual national crusade with sit-ins and and rescues would, in fact, shut down their profitable business partners and sponsors.
The merchants of death don’t release their grip easily. You could say they die hard, twenty-eight years hard. Three trips to the Supreme Court hard. A lawyer who worked the original case could have had a baby, raised the child, sent the child to law school to pass the bar in time to handle the same case.
After literally trying every trick in the book, including a class action suit, a civil suit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) which the Supreme Court ruled in 1994 could proceed, and two more SCOTUS appearances in 2003 and 2006, this case was finally put to bed.
In the end, the judge awarded the defendants $63,391.45 for 28 years of effort. It’s a paltry amount, but victories in the grim world of abortion are hard fought and though small, we’ll take it and celebrate. From the ruling:
This suit began 28 years ago and has been to the Supreme Court three times. National Organization for Women, Inc. v. Scheidler, 510 U.S. 249 (1994); Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc., 537 U.S. 393 (2003); Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc., 547 U.S. 9 (2006). All defendants who stuck it out to the end (some settled) prevailed across the board. They applied for costs under 28 U.S.C. §1920 and were awarded most of what they sought—but not until District Judge Coar held the request under advisement for three years and then retired, after which the case was transferred to District Judge Norgle. He awarded a total $63,391.45, modest for a suit that entailed discovery, a long trial, many motions in the district court, and appellate proceedings that span a generation. The costs amount to less than $2,300 per year of litigation.
This is what we are up against, an implacable, unmovable enemy who will fight to the last case, the last dime, the last appeal, and the last refuge of an evil institution. This must be how abolitionists felt in 1860.
I am convinced that abortion will only be conquered by a cultural change of heart. If you haven’t donated to the Gosnell Movie, which exposes the best hidden, least known serial murder story about the abortionist Kermit Gosnell, please give, even $1 will help. Time is running out. If you have given, please consider giving again. This movie has to be made, or we might end up waiting another 28 years for the next round of cases to be resolved, because the merchants of death die hard.