photograph gives evidence of forced abortion
accused man of rape, pro-life group documented her clinic visit
Posted: November 18, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A Christian ministry
whose leaders have spent 14 years outside an abortion clinic in Granite
City , Ill. ,
taking photographs of abortionists, clinic employees and customers are
being credited with the arrest of a man on suspicion of the rape of a
Bryant , Ark. ,
Det. Jimmy Long has confirmed it was a photograph provided by the Small
Victories ministry across state lines that helped secure a case against
suspect Jeffery Cheshier, 41, who had been accused by an underage girl
But she reported he
forced her to go to the "Hope" Clinic for Women abortion
business in Granite City for an abortion, so there was no evidence –
until Long ran across a reference to the Small Victories ministry and he
checked their web site.
When he contacted the
pro-life group, they were able to provide photographs, with an
identifiable license plate number, of the suspect's car at the abortion
business at the time the girl claimed she was taken there.
Angela Michael, who with
her husband Daniel and their children run Small
Victories, had just
returned home from doing a radio program, and her husband told her to
take the telephone because it was a detective.
It was Long, who said he
was calling on a hunch. He described the situation.
"I saw that you
have pictures and archives," Long said, according to Angela. He
wanted to know if there was a photograph of a certain car at the
abortion business on a certain date.
"I said to
(daughter) Mia, 'Look this up,'" Angela said. "And we had
three incriminating pictures."
"I remembered how
upset she was, and pleading with him (the suspect) not to make her go
in," she said. "The detective asked, 'Do you have the car?'
'Yes.' 'Do you have the plate?' 'Yes.' And I read it to him."
"And in the
background I heard the clicking of the handcuffs," Angela Michael
said, along with the comment "We've got him." The suspect now
is being held on $75,000 bond on counts being developed in two counties,
Long told the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch he called even though he believed his chances were
"slim to none."
The rape allegation was
made by the 15-year-old when officers responded to Cheshier's home
recently on a disturbance call. She told them that Cheshier had sexually
abused her for a year.
The clinic's executive
director, Sally Burgess, told KSDK
television she knew
nothing about this particular case but there are safeguards in place to
"Anytime a teenager
lets on to us that she's in any sort of jeopardy, we are going to do
what's in her best interest and that's report it to the
authorities," she said.
Angela Michael said
she's been monitoring the clinic for 14 years, and has heard testimony
from numerous former workers. All the clinic asks the girls, she told
WND, is Visa or Mastercard?
Police in Bryant told
the station in light of what happened to the alleged victim, questions
need to be asked.
"Even as officers,
we see a lot of stuff but this is very disturbing to us," said Sgt.
Harold Edmonson. "I've been in law enforcement 20 years and this is
a first for me. We need to make some stricter laws on this."
Angela Michael said the Granite
City clinic is known
nationwide because of the circumstances. Its abortionists do late-term
abortions and the state of Illinois has
no parental notification law.
The ministry parks its
ultrasound van on the public street in front of the abortion business
and encourages girls to miss their abortion appointments. Angela Michael
said she's seen "an abundance" of cases where an older man
obviously is forcing an underage girl into the clinic.
however, has been futile, even though there are mandatory reporting
requirements if there is a suspicion of assault or injury to a child.
officers are to serve and protect, but who are they serving and
protecting?" she asked.
The situation is one
that has come up in other places. In Kansas ,
outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline sought records from abortion
clinics after statistics showed there were dozens of abortions on
underage girls, but no reports of rape on a child, despite state laws
requiring those reports.
The abortion industry
reportedly responded to his investigation of those circumstances with an
organized campaign to deny him re-election in favor of a candidate who
had publicly promised to discontinue those investigations.
Rescue, one of the
nation's leading pro-life Christian groups, watched the developments
closely, and said Kline's investigation of abortion clinics for
"the concealment of child rape and illegal late-term
abortions" was the key to the race.
" Kansas has
opted to continue the practice of looking the other way when innocent
young girls are taken to abortion clinics by their rapists, who are
looking to destroy the evidence of their crimes," said Operation
Rescue President Troy Newman. "It has also voted to ignore
violations of Kansas law
that bans post viability abortions."
Kline had cited the 2003
state statistic that there were 78 abortions on girls under the age of
15. In a state where the legal age of consent is 16, how could 78 girls
become pregnant and obtain abortions without a single report of sexual
assault, or rape, on a child, he wondered.
He went to court to
obtain the records, and just recently announced they had been forwarded
to him from a district court where identifying information about the
procedures was removed.
He also just confirmed a
few days ago, in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, that the
medical records also indicate late-term abortions that were done for
reasons that Kansas law
His Democratic opponent
had said during his campaign he would start a domestic violence unit,
without any additional expense to the state. "Some of the money
that's been used on misplaced priorities could easily fund" the
plans, he had told the Lawrence Journal-World.
He cited Kline's
investigation of the abortion businesses run by George Tiller in Wichita and
Planned Parenthood as an example.
The Democrat also got a
huge boost in his campaign when a non-profit organization that the
newspaper linked to Tiller mailed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth
of mailings critical of Kline.
"One of the first steps for a rapist when they have a child victim
and the child is pregnant is to eradicate the evidence of the
rape," Kline Titled
Arkansa rapist caught