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Ask yourself: who would take fake bombs onto an airplane, and expect to get away with it?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 01, 2016

Just try to imagine this scenario—and No, this is not another April Fool joke:

A woman boards an airplane, having checked a bag that contains items which appear to be bombs, including three sticks labeled “dynamite.” Security officials quickly secure the area, evacuate the airport, cordon off the area, and cancel several flights. Hundreds of people miss their connections; thousands are inconvenienced.

Eventually the owner of the bag is located. She explains that the items are not bombs; they are only meant to look like bombs. She uses them to train employees at crisis-pregnancy centers, so that they will be able to recognize real bombs.

Can you imagine the uproar? How many editorials would be written, charging that this incident showed that pro-lifers are dangerous, heedless of the rights of others, contemptuous of the law? How many pieces of legislation would be proposed to ensure that this could never happen again? How many press conferences would the abortion lobby schedule to demand more federal money?

Well actually that scenario was played out yesterday, in Peoria, Illinois. Except that the woman carrying the fake bombs in her baggage was not a pro-life activist. “She gives out training for abortion clinics,” the local sheriff reported.

Oh, so it’s OK, then. These things happen. No big deal. Don’t expect to hear about it on your local news broadcasts.

If you work in the abortion industry, I guess you might become accustomed to thinking that the laws don't apply to you; the laws just work for you. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Travelling - Apr. 16, 2016 9:57 PM ET USA

    Thanks for this great piece of information, which is I suppose actually common sense. Very timely though.