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.
Jon Speed, owner of The Book Scout in Syracuse, NY expressed great sorrow over the tyrannical governments decision and chose to close his bookstore today. pic.twitter.com/WH481SmMo3
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) January 23, 2019
“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.
HORRIFIC: The One World Trade Center is lit up pink tonight to “celebrate” the passage of a bill that legalized abortion until birth for any reason. pic.twitter.com/tqwvFrWRqs
— Live Action (@LiveAction) January 23, 2019
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.
— ? PPNYC Action Fund (@PPNYCAction) January 22, 2019
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.
Thank you Jon Speed: The Book Scout for taking a stand for life in NY. pic.twitter.com/CmO6xiMZ8j
— Day Of Tears (@dayoftears) January 23, 2019
“Speak up for those who have no voice…” (Proverbs 31:8)
We grieve with our friend Jon Speed: The Book Scout in New York.
This is what peaceful protest looks like in a social media age…. https://t.co/as5c9IuHZy
— Josh Williamson (@AusEvangelist) January 23, 2019
I live near Syracuse, we are for the most part conservative here in northern NY. We are ruled by the greed and immorality of Albany and NYC. It’s like being a prisoner in your own home. We love this beautiful state but liberals have ruined it. We are sickened by this.
— Jessica (@bunnyofdoom1974) January 24, 2019
The people at this store did the right thing. Now more should. New Yorkers need to demonstrate to the country and the world that they are not supporting killing innocent babies. Their governor has signed a law making each resident complicit in a crime. We are horrified. PROTEST!
— Anuenue (@twinkleblinc) January 24, 2019
Someone in NY finally taking a stand. If not more to follow the people are going to lose their state. Will become another CA.
— Deplorable Brenda J ❤️?????? (@bjscodywody1) January 24, 2019
THIS is what have the courage of your convictions look like!!
— SW (@Freedom4Dummies) January 23, 2019
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