65-year-old pro-lifer in hospital

65-year-old pro-lifer in hospital

65-year-old pro-lifer in hospital after being punched outside Florida Planned Parenthood

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, Wed Oct 17, 2018 – 12:03 pm EST

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NAPLES, Florida, October 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A 65-year-old pro-lifer was physically assaulted Monday during a small pro-life demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Naples, Florida.

Every week, a group of pro-lifers gathers on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood Naples Health Center to pray, display signs to passersby, and persuade abortion-minded women to consider alternatives. The center, which started committing abortions in 2009, is across the street from a pro-life Community Pregnancy Clinics location.

Around 10:49 a.m. Monday, authorities responded to reports of an assault, the Naples Daily News reports. According to witnesses, a man who appeared to be in his mid-forties exited the building, took some pictures of the protesters, and then approached Joe Alger who was praying on the sidewalk.

“I saw one of our men, Joe, saying the rosary on the sidewalk. The attacker walked up to him and for several minutes he was verbally badgering him. The language was atrocious, it was horrible,” said Mary Claire Dant, a pro-lifer who saw the attack. “At some point he kept screaming, all of a sudden Joe was standing there, boom, he knocks him down onto the ground. Joe got up, as he gets up he pulls his arm and fist back and starts striking him. I heard bone on bone.”

Multiple witnesses told police and reporters the same thing, all agreeing that such violence was unprecedented. An ambulance took Alger to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries.

“I arrived, I saw an ambulance with police all over the place. They told me what happened, and at that point, I went to the ambulance and Joe was bleeding, he was quite bloodied up,” Fr. Michael Orsi, the parochial vicar of St. Agnes Church, told LifeSiteNews.

The assailant has not been publicly identified, but a man fitting his description was seen entering the back seat of a patrol car. Planned Parenthood “clinic escort” Paul Van Valkenburg, whose shift didn’t start until noon, told the Daily News he had been told the man was the husband of a woman at the facility for an unspecified service. Orsi relayed that he had been told a Planned Parenthood security guard might have pointed Alger out to the man and suggested “that he speak to our sidewalk counselor to tell him to end his activities.”

Orsi also stressed that the pro-life demonstrators were “trained at how to avoid violence and how to be Christian in everything they say and everything they do, not only in their physical actions but in their verbiage.”

“No arrests were made” following a preliminary investigation, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Krista Williamson said. Alger decided not to press charges, concluding “it’s a painful situation, and I’m not going to make it any worse.”

“There was an unfortunate incident at our Naples health center today when a fight broke out between a trespassed protestor and a patient’s support person,” said Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida spokeswoman Sarah Scully. “Our staff responded to the safety needs of both parties and our patients, and are now working with the Naples police to handle any follow up.”

Orsi questioned Planned Parenthood’s cooperation, noting that the facility claimed its security cameras couldn’t be reviewed because they happened to not be working.

Valkenburg, who wasn’t present until later in the day, also suggested Alger had trespassed on the abortion facility’s property earlier in the day, a charge Orsi is skeptical about. He had been told that a woman had told Alger she was afraid her daughter was at the facility to get an abortion, and asked him to go look if a certain type of car was in the parking lot.

“That’s the only thing I can think of that they would consider to be a trespass,” Orsi told LifeSiteNews. “There was nothing to that, that was a separate incident earlier in the morning.” He added that he had never before heard of a woman asking a prayer warrior to look for a car in a abortion center’s parking lot, and wondered if it was a setup to engineer a “trespass.”

In any event, Orsi said the incident was ultimately about a “very violent man” who may act out again, “ill will here on the part of Planned Parenthood,” and a rising tide of left-wing anger boiling over into violence.

“An organization that promotes violence inside is also going to promote violence on the outside,” he said. “And I think Planned Parenthood is becoming more and more desperate” between the Trump administration partially defunding the abortion giant and the impending midterm elections.

“There’s a certain meanness in the country right now, and you can see this everywhere,” he continued, referencing examples such as rioting Antifa protesters, leftist protesters harassing Republicans such as Ted Cruz in restaurants, and former Attorney General Eric Holder telling a crowd of Democrats, “when they go low, we kick them.”

“You get some people that have some violent tempers, people that are angry, and they’re going to act out, just as this man acted out on the sidewalk counselor,” Orsi warned. “I really think we’re gonna see more of this. People are being stirred up by the media, the politicians, I think some of them just don’t know how to handle it and they’re acting out violently.”

News of this assault comes a few weeks after a pro-life woman was roundhouse kicked by an abortion activist during a peaceful demonstration in Toronto.

New Pro-Life TV Show begins airing locally

CTN10Diocese Respect Life Director Jeanne Berdeaux guests on a new Pro-Life show, Action for Life, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CTN-10. The host is Father Michael Orsi, Chaplain at St. John Neumann High School, and also seen is CTN general manager Paul Lodato.

Got plans for Tuesday nights? Consider a new Pro-Life television show which began airing Jan. 5 at 8:30 p.m. on CTN-10 (Family Television Network), a local cable channel.

The show is paid for by Action For Life, a non-profit, non-sectarian volunteer organization dedicated to protecting and fostering the most basic value of our society – human life itself. The Naples-based group devised a plan to air a series, in a talk show format, to help better educate the public about the ongoing efforts to promotes, upholds, and supports respect for human life without regard to age, race, creed, color, whether born or unborn.

The show is hosted by Father Michael Orsi, Parochial Vicar of St. Agnes Parish and Chaplain at St. John Neumann Catholic High School, both in Naples. Taped in front of a live studio audience, guests appear to discuss various issues related to the Pro-Life movement.

Upcoming airings will include the Jewish perspective on life and one dedicated solely to the 40 Days for Life campaign which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Diocese Respect Life Director Jeanne Berdeaux guests on a new Pro-Life show, Action for Life, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CTN-10. The host is Father Michael Orsi, Chaplain at St. John Neumann High School, and also seen is CTN general manager Paul Lodato.

With timely and relevant topics and interesting guests, this television show will expose a new audience to this important issue, said John Garafalo, Action For Life treasurer. “We needed a new way to get the word out that abortions are taking place and babies are dying each day right in our own communities. We support a peaceful end to abortion in the United States and that end will only happen when more people are educated about this grave issue.”

Diocese of Venice Respect Life Director Jeanne Berdeaux said the television show is a great idea is spreading the word. Berdeaux was a guest on the taping about 40 Days for Life as she is the regional coordinator for that prayer vigil.

“This is a unique opportunity to get this message out to a broader audience,” she explained.

Shows are taped in advance at the CTN-10 studios in south Charlotte County. Father Orsi hosts the show and asks guests poignant questions.

“My goal is to keep the topics engaging and informative for everyone, no matter what faith they may have,” Father Orsi said. “We are here to share an important message that can be found in the Bible, that all life is precious and sacred because it is a gift from God.”

Station General Manager Paul Lodato said that when he was approached about the idea of airing the Action For Life series, he was all for it. An ordained minister, Lodato said the entire network is geared toward supporting core Christian values, with life being the most important one.

“It’s truly an honor that we were asked to be the host station for this important mission,” he said. “The show will air at a set time, but will also live stream and air at other times throughout the week just to make sure people see this show.”

For more information about where to find CTN-10 on your local cable provider please visit www.ctn10.com. Or on YouTube at actionforlife.net.

For more information about Action For Life, please call 239-262-5433.

Action For Life – The TV Show

Featuring interviews of many pastors, priests, and leaders of various pro-Life programs and services. Bringing you the GOOD NEWS on the Culture of Life.  It will be televised on CTN-10 TV Christian TV and streamed live on CTN-10 TV.

Hosted by Fr. Michael Orsi

Channels of CTN-10 TV

  • Live streaming on www.ctn10.com
  • Comcast – Channel 439 & 10 in Lee, Collier, Hendry, and Glades Counties
  • Comcast – Channel 22 in Charlotte and Desoto Counties
  • Comcast – Channel 44 in Arcadia
  • Dish Network – Channel 49 & 9222
  • Century Link – Channel 10
  • Summit Broadband/Nuvu Cable – Channel 10 & 388
  • Shell Point – Channel 75
  • Lee Memorial Health System – Channel 21

January TV Schedule

  •  AFL-1601 Pastor Terrence & Lady Catherine Shaw- Tues Jan 5th at 8:30 pm & Thurs Jan 7th at 8:30 pm & Sun Jan 10th at 4:00 pm
  • AFL-1602 Dr. John T. Bruchalski – Tues Jan 12th at 8:30 pm & Thurs Jan 14th at 8:30 pm & Sun Jan 17th at 4:00 pm
  • AFL-1603 Marcie Erickson Tues Jan 19th at 8:30 pm & Thurs Jan 21st at 8:30 pm & Sun Jan 24th at 4:00 pm
  • AFL-1604 Jeanne Berdeaux, 40 Day For Life- Paul Lodato -Tues Jan 26th at 8:30 pm & Thurs Jan 28th at 8:30 pm & Sun Jan 21st at 4:00 pm

Presidents Corner

Dear Pro-Life Friends,

Forty one years ago on January 22, 1972 in the greatest abuse of judicial activism by the Supreme court, a woman’s right to kill her unborn child became a law of the land. Abortion found a place in American life and soon spread throughout the world.

A year earlier, while abortion was being debated at the state level a group of concerned women in Naples banded together to from “Right To Life”. In 1973, RTL incorporated as Action For Life dba/The Naples Pro-Life Council.

The battle lines, which were well defined then, have never changed. Our belief was and is the “sanctity of life” from coneption to natural death. This fundamental tenet of the American constitution was and is being abused.

Planned Parenthood, N.A.R.A.L., and N.O.W. have become the standard bearers of the culture of death. Babies were and are still being killed in the womb. The youth of our country are being barraged with the message that sex outside of marriage can be safe and is right. This teaching has led to an epidemic outbreak of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, many of which are incurable. The elderly are under attack by people promoting “death with dignity” (euthanasia).

We will never give up the fight until the defeat of all proposed legislation that would threaten the sanctity of life for the unborn and elderly.

It is with deep gratitude and thanks that we welcome your support.


Terese M. Flanigan-Melone, President

Heart Felt Thanks

A heart felt “Thank You”  to all the church groups and individuals who participated in the October 4th, 2015 National Life Chain Sunday in Naples! Approximately 175 prayerful people lined up along U.S.Hwy.41 in Naples to stand up for the sanctity of all human life and pray for God’s mercy on our country.

Approximately 225 prayerful people lined up.

Thank You for all your support and may God Bless You!

The 2016 National Life Chain Sunday will be on Sunday, October 2th. 2016

-Action For Life