Jo Scott, abortion protester, found guilty of violating clinic bubble law -- again

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Jo Scott in 2008.
The 2008 feature "Planned Parenthood's Scheme to Bust Abortion Protesters" focused on longtime pro-life advocate Jo Scott. That August, she was convicted of violating the state's "bubble law," which prohibits anti-abortion types from coming within eight feet of anyone in a hundred-foot radius of a clinic without their okay. Her 180-day prison sentence was suspended so long as she didn't repeat the feat for a year. Now, though, Scott's back with a guilty verdict -- and a case of déjà vu.

A year ago this month, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office, Scott approached a woman going to a Planned Parenthood facility in Denver in a manner that presumably punctured the bubble. The result: two misdemeanor charges that carry a maximum penalty of six months behind bars.

Don't expect the prospect of such a sentence to dissuade Scott from continuing her crusade. Three years ago, she told former Westword writer Sean Cronin that she "occasionally might take a step too close" to a Planned Parenthood employee, but she was willing to risk punishment because "I serve God. I don't serve man."

She added that she considers herself a hero, noting, "If I were a fireman and I saved three lives in a day, I'd be on the news!"

Well, she's in the news today -- but for a different reason. Here's the DA's office release.

PROTESTER FOUND GUILTY

A woman from Winter Park who regularly protests at abortion clinics was found guilty today by a Denver County Court jury of two misdemeanor counts related to an incident that occurred last year.

Jo Ann Scott (dob: 07-27-52) was found guilty of engaging in prohibited activities near a health care facility (M3) and harassment (M3). A Class 3 misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in the Denver County Jail.

Scott was arrested outside of the Planned Parenthood Healthcare Facility at 7155 East 38th Ave on April 2, 2010 after unlawfully approaching a woman who was entering the facility.

Denver Deputy District Attorney Blake Harrison and Deputy District Attorney Jason Kramer tried the case.

Scott is scheduled to appear for sentencing in Denver County Courtroom 3B at 9:00 a.m. on June 6, 2011.

Note: The original version of this post stated that Scott pleaded guilty. Sorry for the error.

More from our News archive: "Warren Hern, Boulder abortion doctor, is 'pissed,' fears violence as Sacred Heart of Jesus protests clinic."

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Mary
Mary

Here is a picture of the tshirt that fake Christianextremist Ken Scott wears often:

http://www.summeroftrust.com/w...

Based on the Bible, the following is what the shirt shouldactually say instead:

 

Jesus is the Judge, therefore

 

HATEFUL WORDS AND DEEDS IS MURDER

(1 John 3:15) Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

(Matthew 5:39, 44) But I say unto you, That ye resist notevil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the otheralso…. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, dogood to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, andpersecute you.

 

HYPOCRISY IS SIN

(Matthew 6:5) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be asthe hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and inthe corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say untoyou, They have their reward.

 

NARROW-MINDED RELIGION IS A LIE

(Luke 9:49-50) Now John answered and said, "Master, wesaw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he doesnot follow with us." But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him,for he who is not against us is on our side."

 

LITERAL BELIEF IN THE GENESIS CREATION STORY IS ADELUSION

(2 Peter 3:8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this onething, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousandyears as one day.

 

OPPRESSION OF WOMEN IS REBELLION

(John 8:3-11) “Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Hima woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they saidto Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. "NowMoses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do Yousay?" This they said, testing Him, that they might have [something] ofwhich to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with [His]finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raisedHimself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let himthrow a stone at her first." And again He stooped down and wrote on theground. Then thosewho heard [it], being convicted by [their] conscience, went out one by one,beginning with the oldest [even] to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and thewoman standing in the midst.

 

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but thewoman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has noone condemned you?"  She said,"No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemnyou; go and sin no more."

 

FUNDAMENTALISM IS FALSE RELIGION

(Matthew 23:15) "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he iswon, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”

 

 

OPERATION SAVE AMERICA IS PRETEND SALT

(Matthew 7:20-23) “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall knowthem. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into thekingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Manywill say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? andin thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Andthen will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that workiniquity.”

Sick of it!
Sick of it!

Fact:Ken Scott is a convicted deadbeat dad, he didn’t even support his own children!

Ken:before you go yelling at everyone else, take a look at yourself and pray to theLord so he will tell you to please shut up and go home! D-E-A-D-B-E-A-T  D-A-D.

Fact:Jo Scott served Federal time after she was convicted of conspiring to BOMB awomen's health clinic in California!

Whata sweet, Christian thing to do, Jo! Way to represent Jesus, there are lots ofBible verses about Jesus blowing stuff up!

Bothof these facts were confirmed by a former (non-bully) "sidewalkcounselor", who knows the Scotts personally, but finally quit when she sawhow horrible their actions really are. It was also confirmed by a police officer, who is apparently a friend ofKen and Jo, but coincidentally, also a friend of mine.

Ilive two blocks away from where this all takes place, week after week, and weall know who Ken Scott and Jo Scott are and it seems every time I drive bythere, Ken is out there yelling and screaming at everyone like a psychopath andJo is standing on a ladder so she can look over the privacy fence (violatingthe people’s privacy) and yelling at anyone around- which is what these fakeChristians such as Jo call "sidewalk counseling".  Their “Christian group” also tries to takepictures/videos of everyone, even of people as they walk in or out the frontdoor of the medical facility there!

TheseJesus-hating "sidewalk counselors" have disgusting, photo-shoppedsigns, bloody plastic children's baby dolls and morbid "babycaskets", and fake 'abortion' posters of bloody babies, and these are allover the streets in our neighborhood. They are out there nearly every day, andapparently paid to be there by Bob Adolph Enyart of Denver Bible Church inArvada.

Anotherfact: “Pastor” Bob Adolph Enyart was sentenced to 60 days in jail for beating a7 year old boy so hard with a belt that he bled! This is the kind of person hetruly is. 

Thesepeople are nasty bullies, plain and simple. They know no boundaries; they are very loud, obnoxious and aggressiveand I can often hear them from my back yard! This is not they behavior of a real Christian.

Everyonereading this take a minute and imagine how you would feel if you had thesepsychopaths with their grotesque signs lining the streets in your neighborhood!We are sick of it. NONE of us in this neighborhood (which was much nicer beforethese fake “Christian” bullies showed up) want to drive near these horribleimages and activities, especially when we have our young children in the carwho often ask "why is the man with the Jesus shirt yelling at everyone?"

Theywill intentionally mislead and lie to ANYONE who they can get to stopand listen, or otherwise is within earshot. They are all blasphemous towardsthe sacred Christian Bible and Jesus and are harassing many REAL Christians.

Jesuswas peaceful and would have never done any of this and would not have approvedof this in any way.

I am a member of a very large and REAL Christian Churchsouth of Denver and our Pastor gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday about howthese "sidewalk counselor" bullies blaspheme the name of theLord.  Our Pastor encouraged us to engageVoice of Choice (http://www.vochoice.org) to help attempt to get the protesters to see that this should not beabout anyone's stance on abortion, but to NOT BULLY and NOT HARRASS your fellowhuman beings.

Hundreds of the parishioners have contacted Voice ofChoice and offered their services to do what they could do to help.  I hope you will do the same.  Please pray for the protesters!

Reality
Reality

10 Things I'd Say to the Anti-Choice Fanatics Trying to End Access to Abortion

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNetPosted on July 27, 2011, Printed on September 7, 2011http://www.alternet.org/st...

The anti-choice movement would be nowhere without a heavy denial of reality based on the promotion of myths about sex, about birth control, about women’s bodies, but especially about abortion. While the majority of Americans are pro-choice, the constant drumbeat of stories makes the public wonder if there isn’t some truth to the stereotypes, causing even pro-choice people to support regulations such as waiting periods, parental notification laws, and ultrasound laws that only serve to make it harder for women in need to get abortions.

With that in mind, here’s ten realities pro-choicers should throw in the face of anti-abortion fanatics they have the misfortune to get into arguments with:

1) Most abortions take place early in pregnancy. Anti-abortion propaganda tends to focus on late term fetuses and even pictures of babies and small children, falsely implying that what’s evacuated during your typical abortion is basically the same as a baby. They shouldn’t be able to get away with this, but instead should acknowledge that nine out of ten abortions take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Additionally, the growth of medical abortion means a much larger percentage of abortions---62% overall---take place before the 9th week of pregnancy. In fact, in most abortions, the term “fetus” is incorrect, as doctors classify it as an embryo until the 11th week of pregnancy. At 8 weeks, and embryo is about ½ an inch long, and at 12 weeks, the fetus is a little over 2 inches long. In contrast, a full-term baby is an average 20 inches long, a full 40 times larger than the size of the average embryo during an abortion. The response to the bloody fetus pictures anti-choicers love should be pictures showing how small ½ an inch really is.

2) If not for anti-choicers, even more women would get abortions much earlier in their pregnancies. Most women want to terminate unwanted pregnancies as soon as possible, but there are some women who wait until 12 or 16 or even 20 weeks to terminate a pregnancy for elective reasons. Why do about 10% of women having abortions wait until early in their second trimester? It’s not because they’re stupid or indifferent to the growing fetus inside them. Research indicates that women delay having abortions because they have trouble deciding, they struggle to come up with the funds, and because they may have to travel and overcome legal obstacles to get an abortion. When anti-choicers focus on abortions that happen at 14 or 16 weeks, they should be asked what they’re doing to make sure women are getting abortions earlier: Do they support Medicaid funding? Do they want to help make sure there’s an easy to access provider in every county? If abortions after an embryo turns to a fetus bother you so much, you should be making sure women who want abortions can get them earlier in their pregnancies.

3) Doctors perform late term abortions because of medical indications, often on women who desperately wanted the baby. Anti-choicers like to lump all abortions together, implying that women wait until they’re 20 weeks pregnant or more to terminate a pregnancy because it somehow just occurred to them that they didn’t want to have a baby. But the rule of thumb with abortion is, “The later the termination, the higher the odds that the woman needed it for medical reasons.” Indeed, doctors who perform abortions after 24 usually require, as a matter of practice and of law, that the women have medical necessity reasons for abortion. Before he died, Dr. George Tiller had to have a second doctor confirm every diagnosis of a medical condition allowing post-24 week abortions. When he was accused of fudging these records to allow for elective abortions, the court found that Dr. Tiller innocent of all the charges.

Anti-choicers should be asked if they really can look a woman in the face whose fetus has defects incompatible with life or whose blood pressure is rising so high that it will kill her, and tell that woman that she shouldn’t be able to save herself or her family because later term abortions gross them out.

4) Women who get abortions aren’t afraid of being mothers. Anti-choice protesters like to shout at women going into clinics about how they would really like motherhood if they tried it out. In reality, women who have abortions are fully cognizant of the joys and pains of motherhood; 61% of women having abortion are already mothers. Anti-choicers who wax poetic about motherhood should be asked to explain why women who are already mothers would therefore choose abortion.

5) Abortion is physically safe. Anti-choice propaganda dwells on calling abortion clinics “abortion mills” and even going so far to call, as Michele Bachmann did, abortion an “act of violence” committed against the woman getting it. The truth is that abortion is a simple outpatient procedure that’s on the high end of safety for a medical procedure. The vast majority of abortions have no complications at all, and abortion is considered many times safer than childbirth. There are no long term health effects of abortion; anti-choice claims that it’s correlated to breast cancer have been repeatedly shown to be false. When anti-choicers get hysterical about how abortion is “violence”, they should be made to answer for the statistics that show it’s much safer than childbirth.

6) Abortion is mentally safe. In order to dissuade women from abortion, anti-choicers claim it will invoke depression and possibly even post-traumatic stress disorder. But repeated studies show not only that abortion doesn’t cause depression, but that giving birth can. In fact, mental illness can be a medical indicator for abortion; for women for whom giving birth can aggravate mental health problems, an abortion is often necessary to prevent further degradation of their mental health. Andrea Yates is good evidence against the contention that childbirth is a panacea, but anti-choicers should explain why they think they know better than the American Psychological Association when it comes to the mental health effects of abortion.

7) Women who get abortions take responsibility for their decision. Much anti-choice propaganda and legislation portrays women getting abortions as too stupid or cowed to understand the gravity of their decision. Supporters of mandatory ultrasounds argue that once women realize there’s an embryo in there, they’ll dash out of the clinic, an argument that assumes women must think they’re growing puppies or lemons in there and have to be set straight. The truth is that women who get abortions know that they’re terminating a pregnancy and are determined to do it long before they set foot in the doctor’s office. When dealing with supports of ultrasound laws, I recommend referencing this study of women who looked at ultrasound images before an abortion. The research showed that none of the women who did so changed their minds, and a substantial majority found that the images didn’t have much of an effect on their feelings at all.

8) Abortion providers are responsible medical professionals who work to make sure their patients are healthy and avoid future unintended pregnancies. Anti-choicers refuse to acknowledge that abortion providers are medical professionals who put their patients first, instead using terms such as “abortion industry” and claiming that abortion providers are trying to increase the abortion rate to make more money. First of all, abortion prices are relatively low compared to other medical procedures. Your average abortion costs around $500. The average cost of childbirth is 17 times as much. Ask an anti-choicer why a doctor who is just in it for the money wouldn’t go for the more lucrative profession of delivering babies.

When the words “abortion industry” come up, it’s fun to ask anti-choicers if they know what the term “non-profit” means, as the nation’s single largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood, is a non-profit. Additionally, Planned Parenthood works tirelessly to reduce the abortion rate by promoting sex education and contraception, the very tools necessary to prevent unintended pregnancy and therefore abortion. Contraception counseling to prevent future abortions is a regular feature in abortion care.

9) Women get abortions because they’re being responsible. Abortion is often characterized, even by some pro-choicers, as the result of women’s irresponsibility. Women are assumed to get pregnant because they were being irresponsible, and all too often, abortion is characterized as the “easy way out”. The truth is more complex. More than half of women getting abortions were trying to prevent pregnancy by using a contraception method the month they got pregnant. Moreover, it’s not like abortion is all cake and roses, but in fact it’s an unpleasant medical procedure that resembles all those other ones you get when you’re being responsible for your health. Most women getting abortions cite their personal responsibilities as a reason to get an abortion: responsibilities to actual children, financial responsibilities, work and school responsibilities. An honest society would view waiting to have children until you’re prepared for them as a sign that someone is responsible, instead of evidence that she’s irresponsible.

10) Conservative policies cause the abortion rate to be higher than it needs to be. No one wants an abortion. Women aren’t getting pregnant on purpose so they can enjoy an expensive suctioning of their uterine lining. So why are there 1.2 million abortions a year in America? Part of it is just bad luck; sometimes contraception fails and unwanted pregnancies happen. That will always be with us.

However, 46% of women who get abortions weren’t using a contraceptive method the month they got pregnant, indicating that conservative policies that discourage regular contraception use---everything from abstinence-only education to objecting to any measures that make contraception cheaper and easier to obtain---have been effective in keeping women from using contraception as regularly as they should. In addition, abortion rates are much higher for women living in poverty, and three quarters of women getting abortions say they can’t afford a child. If anti-choicers start moaning about the high rate of abortions, ask them what they intend to do about it. Do they want to make birth control free for all women? What about expansive social welfare that makes it easier for pregnant women living in poverty to say yes to having this baby? Most anti-choicers are generally conservative, and most will get really angry really quick if you start to mention concrete solutions to lower the abortion rate.

Amanda Marcotte co-writes the blog Pandagon. She is the author of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.

© 2011 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/...

REAL Christian
REAL Christian

Ironic that Scott Melvin Evans would comment.  I live on Olive Street, two blocks away from where this took place, and I know who Scott is and every single time I drive by there (like this past Saturday morning, which made me feel like I had to comment today), he is out there with a ridiculous looking small video camera mounted to his shoulder, makes terrible loud noises blowing on some horn, all in some vain attempt to overcome some major insecurities, all while violating everyone's right to privacy.  He and convicted criminals Jo Scott and Ken Scott have disgusting, photo-shopped signs and fake 'abortion' posters of bloody babies all over the streets in our neighborhood. They are out there nearly every day, apparently paid to be there.  They know no boundaries, are very loud, obnoxious and aggressive and I can often hear them yelling and making noise from my back yard!  NONE of my neighbors want to drive near these horrible images and activities, especially when we have our young children in the car.  Everyone reading this take a minute and imagine how you would feel if you had these grotesque signs lining the streets in your neighborhood!  We are sick of it.  These "protestors" all seem to try to video tape and intimidate anyone who drives down Pontiac street and will lie to and mislead ANYONE who they can get to stop to listen, or otherwise is within earshot.  They are all blasphemous towards the sacred Christian Bible and are harassing many REAL Christians, most whom are going into a clinic for birth control and other needed medical services.  GOD will be the judge of all of us one way or another, NOT these "protestors"! Jesus was peaceful and would have never done any of this and would not have approved in any way.  These "protestors" are the new Westboro Baptist Church of our community and their arrogant ignorance is so sad.  

Scott Evans
Scott Evans

Also, see the actual video the police used to charge Jo Scott here: http://kgov.com/bel/20100629

It was around 20 degrees that day and notice that Jo Scott's hands are in her coat pockets the entire time. If you believe this is a good thing that happened, wait until it's your turn to be convicted when you violated no laws.

REAL Christian
REAL Christian

This video is just one of many.  Why don't you show the real video, the one that shows Jo grabbing this girl (which you have conveniently left off screen)?  Another misleading lie!  WHY DON'T YOU POST HOW JO SCOTT (FORMERLY KNOWN AS JO ANN KREIPEL) DID TIME IN A FEDERAL PENITENTIARY FOR CONSPIRING TO BOMB A CLINIC IN CALIFORNIA?! 

Scott Evans
Scott Evans

From the DA's office release: "Scott was arrested outside of the Planned Parenthood Healthcare Facility at 7155 East 38th Ave on April 2, 2010 after unlawfully approaching a woman who was entering the facility."

Wrong. She hasn't been arrested for this ever. They didn't even give her the ticket until over a month later.

Listen to the audio here: http://kgov.s3.amazonaws.com/b...

REAL Christian
REAL Christian

JO SCOTT (FORMERLY JO KREIPEL, BUT CHANGED TO JO SCOTT AFTER SHE MARRIED KEN SCOTT) WAS CONVICTED AND SERVED FEDERAL TIME FOR CONSPIRING TO BOMB A CLINIC IN CALIFORNIA!  JESUS IS THE JUDGE!   

Sow-reap
Sow-reap

Planned Parenthood prevents more abortions in an hour than Jo Scott will over the course of her entire life. Through low-cost birth control.

When she protests, people who would otherwise go there for birth control are dissuaded from getting birth control because they'd have suffer Jo Scott's attacks, then they have unwanted pregnancies.

Jo Scott will answer to God for causing those abortions.

REAL Christian
REAL Christian

Look what was found on the Internet today when searching for birth control in Denver:Here are a couple of video examples of harassment, pure ignorance and misogyny on Scott Melvin Evans' own video channel (You can hear Kenneth Tyler Scott, convicted criminal, who is the main idiot yelling at people and even though it's not hard to miss, the sad excuse for a human being in the red shirt is none other than Scott Melvin Evans): They try to stop a young lady from walking in to get birth control information (to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, which will in fact reduce abortions):http://www.vimeo.com/26835663 They randomly yell at anyone entering and tell them not to "kill their baby", even though many of them are there for health services and birth control, etc.http://www.vimeo.com/26835239 Scott and Ken, as your shirts say: "Jesus is the judge" and if that's true, then he will certainly be judging you and your un-Christlike behavior! Even though you deny it, we know you are paid to be there. Why don't you all get real jobs and quit being a disgusting public nuisance?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong take, Sow-reap. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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