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Jan 25, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

New York Book Store Owner Makes A Bold Stand In Response To Abortion Expansion Bill

As a native New Yorker, I stand ashamed of my state legislators and the massive, unconscionable expansions made to abortion laws in the state. Every Christian and secular pro-life advocate mourns the hard-hearted glee demonstrated in Albany with the swift and gleeful passage of the so-called Reproductive Health Act.

In an excellent interview with Faithwire, the owner of an upstate bookstore owned up to the brave stand he took in response to the RHA's passing earlier in the week.

Jon Speed owns The Book Scout in Syracuse. After Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the RHA into law and officially removed all protection for unborn babies from New York's criminal code, Speed couldn't remain silent.

As a bookstore owner, he might not have a very big platform or be a highly influential voice, but Speed had something to say about the RHA, and say it he did.

Speed posted a sign on the door of his shop, which read:

"It is a day of mourning in New York. In honor of the thousands of babies that will die in the years to come under the Reproductive Health Act, we shall not be collecting sales tax on this day. We will resume regular business tomorrow, collecting Sales Tax under duress. End Abortion Now"

“I really felt like I needed to do something,” Speed shared with Faithwire's Tré Goins-Phillips. “I obviously can’t stop paying sales tax to the state of New York — I can’t do that altogether, although I would like to, but I can’t. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll put a sign up on the front window of the store and say we’re closed [Wednesday] and express our thoughts on it, just so we can make a statement.’”

While Speed knows his gesture won't change the law, he says he "can certainly register my displeasure with it and how upset about it I am.”

“I’m pro-life mainly because I’m a Christian,” Speed explained, “and because I understand that murder is wrong. What I understand from prenatal science is that clearly — and even from what the Bible says — that the baby in the womb is a baby, it’s a human life.”

Speed also said if he ever had the chance to get some face time with Cuomo and the Democratic legislators who passed the RHA, he'd share the Gospel with them. “Changed hearts," he says, are the only way to "win the battle in the pro-life world.”

“I would tell them that they are accountable before God for what they do,” he said. “They will answer to God. Their job, according to Romans 13, is to terrorize evildoers and support what’s good. Instead, what they’re doing is terrorizing the good and supporting evil.”

We should commend Speed and others like him who aren't afraid to do what they can in defense of the innocent children New York law will no longer protect. 

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