Communications Department

National Right to Life Responds to Shooting Death of James Pouillon

Sep 11, 2009 | 2009 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group, today responded to the shooting death of James Pouillon in Owosso, Michigan. Mr. Pouillon was reportedly shot while standing outside Owosso High School holding a sign with a picture of a baby and the word “LIFE.” Police believe a second homicide nearby may be linked and a suspect is in custody. The following statement may be attributed to NRLC Executive Director David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.:

We are saddened to learn of this tragic taking of innocent human life. National Right to Life extends its sympathies to Mr. Pouillon’s family over his death. While the motive behind the shooting is unknown, we know that Mr. Pouillon was known for his stand against abortion.

The National Right to Life Committee unequivocally condemns acts of violence. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. Any unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal.

NRLC has always been involved in peaceful, legal activities to protect human lives threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. We always have and will continue to oppose any form of violence to fight the violence of abortion. NRLC has had a policy of forbidding violence or illegal activity by its staff, directors, officers, affiliated state organizations and chapters. NRLC’s sole purpose is to protect innocent human life.

NRLC will continue to work through educational and legislative activities to ensure the right to life for unborn children, people with disabilities and older people. NRLC will continue to work for peaceful solutions to aid pregnant women and their unborn children. These solutions involve helping women and their children and do not involve violence against anyone.

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.