Demonstrator Will Goodman Considers His Imprisonment for Pro-Life Causes To Be an Honor

( — Will Goodman, one of the pro-life advocates sentenced last month for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic in Washington, DC, said in a statement last week that he and his fellow defendants were “honored to be witnesses against the holocaust of our time.”

Goodman was convicted last August, along with four other pro-life demonstrators, of conspiring to block access to the Washington DC Surgi-Clinic in October 2020.

Goodman, Lauren Handy, John Hinshaw, Heather Idoni, and Herb Geraghty were each found guilty of two counts of felony conspiracy against rights and violating the FACE Act (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act).

According to prosecutors, the group blocked access to the Sergi-Clinic on October 22, 2020, the day after pro-life activists traveled to Washington for a meeting in which Lauren Handy outlined plans to physically obstruct the clinic. Handy warned the activists in the meeting that they would likely be arrested under the FACE Act.

Last month, a US District Judge sentenced three of the defendants. Handy received a sentence of 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. John Hinshaw was sentenced to 21 months and three years of supervised release.

William Goldman, 54, was sentenced to 27 months, followed by three years of supervised release.

In his statement, Goodman defended his actions, saying he joined with other pro-life activists in what he described as a “nonviolent rescue operation.” He said his goal was to “help pregnant women and their children,” arguing that “fine words” were not enough “on their own.” Goodman said that to be “an active witness to the truth,” he had to “confirm such loving sentiments and important words.”

He said that he participated in this “rescue operation” because “God made men to protect women and children” and suggested that he would not “sit back and watch them die.”

Goodman said men were “called to be soldiers” to fight the evil “culture of death.” He insisted that his fight was not “against flesh and blood” but “against evil spiritual powers.”

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