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NY bookstore owner takes a bold stand against ‘tyrannical’ government after horrific abortion bill

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A New York business owner reacted to the state’s new law legalizing late-term abortions by closing his bookstore in “mourning.”

The one-day closure of the Syracuse-based business was meant to show customers where owner, Jon Speed, stood on the issue, according to The Western Journal.

“The bookstore is closed today,” Speed wrote in a post on Facebook, referring to his store, The Book Scout.

“It is a day of mourning in New York. In honor of the thousands of babies that will die in the years to come, we shall not be collecting sales tax for this tyrannical government today. We will on other days, under duress, but not today.”

While Speed has openly advocated for pro-life issue in the past, and has even produced a pro-life documentary titled “Babies are Murdered Here,” the store owner was left “distraught” by the passage of the Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday and felt he “wanted to make a stand.”

“There’s not much you can do after the fact,” Speed told The Western Journal. “I thought, ‘Well maybe I just put a sign out and explain my position.’

“That way, at least my customers will know where I stand on this,” he added.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill which allows abortion at “any time” to protect “a patient’s life or health,” allows non-doctors to perform abortions, and removes criminal penalties for abortion according to Syracuse.com, which noted that the Empire State’s abortion rate in 2015 was twice the national average.

Speed noted how the horrific bill – which allows babies more than 24 weeks in the womb to be killed – became law on the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.

“It was definitely intentional,” he said. “Cuomo has not been shy about slapping conservatives around New York state.

“He said at one point, I think a couple of years ago, that people like us don’t even belong in this state,” he added.

Cuomo used the sacred Ground Zero location to score political points Tuesday, ordering that One World Trade Center in New York City be lit up in pink.

Planned Parenthood of New York City even celebrated the new law by posting a video of the unbelievable moment state lawmakers stood and cheered its passage and signing.

For Speed, closing his doors and publicly taking a stand was a just a step in the ongoing fight against the killing of unborn babies.

“When it comes to this abortion fight, you just have to go and be faithful and do what you know is right,” he told The Western Journal.

“My belief is that it takes a heart change in order to change this issue on the larger scale. The job in front of us as pro-lifers is to preach the gospel,” Speed added. “We have the evidence on our side, but what it really takes is a heart change.”

Speed’s contribution to the collection of voices decrying the new law was appreciated by Twitter users.

Frieda Powers


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