A Franciscan friar and two other anti-abortion activists were each sentenced to three months behind bars on charges they blocked women from entering a Westchester County clinic in November, prosecutors said.
Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said she pushed for the maximum penalty of 90 days apiece for the three, who were found guilty in March of going into All Women’s Medical in White Plains and refusing to leave for two hours.
“Abortion is legal in the state of New York and interfering with a patient’s right to access medical and reproductive care is a crime,” Rocah said in a statement. “I will use the full force of my office to protect patients and reproductive rights here in Westchester County.”
Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski, 52, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, quoted Bible verses and pleaded “the blood of Jesus,” a phrase used to invoke the power of Christ, on the courtroom and Judge John Collins after Tuesday’s sentencing, according to Red Rose Rescue, a religious group affiliated with all three men.
“Isaiah said woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Woe to those who call abortion a right,” Moscinski said, the group claimed in a Facebook post.
Moscinski then is said to have told Collins, “You disallowed the justification defense and that injustice was compounded by the jury and also by the sentencing you have given, I plead the blood of Jesus on this courtroom.”
“You quoted Judgment Day in your case and today is your judgment day,” the group claimed the judge replied.
The group said the quotes may not be exact because they were “hastily written down” in a courtroom where electronics weren’t allowed.
Moscinski, listed as a Bronx resident, was convicted by a jury of misdemeanor criminal trespassing alongside 40-year-old Matthew Connolly of Minnesota and 52-year-old William Goodman of Wisconsin following a brief trial in March, the Rockland/Westchester Journal News reported….
The above comes from an Aug. 3 story in the New York Post.