RACINE — A Milwaukee-based religious group brought pro-life protests to high traffic intersections in Racine, attempting to move state legislators to go against federal abortion laws.
Missionaries to the Preborn, a pro-life group, brought their protests to Racine in a tour of southeast Wisconsin to compare an escaped slave’s story to their call to action for state legislators.
About 40 people, mostly from the Milwaukee area, held large posters depicting aborted fetuses on the corner of State and Marquette streets, and then marched to make speeches at Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.
The organization wants Wisconsin’s legislators and Supreme Court to defy the federal government’s decision as it did in 1859 with the federal Fugitive Slave Act, said Matthew Trewhella, founder of the group and a pastor at Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee.
“There’s not one legislator, not one mayor, anywhere in America that’s defied the federal government,” Trewhella said. “That’s one of our grievances.”
The donation-funded group primarily protests outside of abortion clinics, street corners and schools in and around Milwaukee, said Trewhella.
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Most of the protesters came from the Milwaukee area, including Danielle Kinbiger, 37, of West Allis, who held signs at the intersection while rocking a child in a stroller with her foot and keeping an eye on her six other kids.
Kinbiger home-schools her kids, and once a week she’ll take them with her to protest and distribute pamphlets in front of abortion clinics in Milwaukee.
“We’re actually used to getting up and about with everybody and standing for an hour, two hours, so the kids are kind of used to standing,” Kinbiger said.
Chris Jante, district manager for Boost Mobile, walked into his store at 1028 State St. to find a large poster of an aborted fetus outside his store.
Jante did not get any warning of the protest, he said. The organization did not seek permits from Racine because the protest would stay on sidewalks, Trewhella said.
Jante asked both Trewhella and a protester holding the sign to move away from the store. The protester would not move and allegedly insulted him, so he told her that her poster was hurting business for his employee’s workplace and “taking food out of her kid’s mouth.”
“I fully support their right to protest, I support anybody’s views they have, but when I have a picture of a dead baby in front of my store, that severely affects my business,” Jante said.