In preparation for the day when they hope abortion rights will be outlawed, the American Coalition of Life Activists (ACLA) has launched its so-called "Nuremberg Files Project." "The goal of the project," according to David Crane, the group's national director, "will be to gather all available information on abortionists and their accomplices for the day when they may be formally charged and tried at Nuremberg-type trials for their crimes. The information in these files will be specifically that kind of evidence admissible in a court of law." He added, "The Project will set up several secret archives which will be safe from seizure by those who would allow criminal child-killers to go free."
"We don't want to make the mistakes that allowed so many Nazis to escape justice after World War II," said Paul deParrie, one of the assistants involved in the project. "We intend to have extensive files on each of them which will permit prosecutors to easily identify the criminal perpetrators and bring the appropriate judgment against them."
The Nuremberg Files Project was announced at the ACLA's conference in Arlington, Virginia held from January 20-22, 1996. Activists from Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, North Carolina, District of Columbia, Missouri, Ohio, California, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Indiana, and New Hampshire attended the conference.
On the conference's first night, Crane outlined "the ACLA plan to end abortion." He said the ACLA has two primary focuses. First, "to identify and expose" to the general public and neighbors doctors who perform abortions. Second, to help local groups close abortion clinics. In that regard, the ACLA publishes "reward" posters offering local activists and groups cash rewards for their anti-abortion activities. For every doctor they convince to stop providing abortions, a $500 reward is presented by ACLA. If a clinic is closed, the reward is $1,000.
Last year the ACLA published a poster called "the deadly dozen." According to Crane, "It exposed 12 abortionists nationwide. The media and the federal government called it a 'hit list.' Some of the abortionists were even tracked down on their vacations and told that they were put on a hit list. So, what we could probably never accomplish with our exposure campaign, the government did for us very effectively! We do praise God for that. Like in the Scripture where 'the wicked flee and no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as lions,' we've seen a fear in the hearts of the wicked."
Crane also mentioned Planned Parenthood's one billion-dollar lawsuit against the ACLA and other anti-abortion groups and leaders. "It's humorous, and what's exciting about it is that it's a good sign that we must be doing something right if Planned Parenthood is willing to spend this kind of energy and considers us a threat. We take that as a green light to keep doing what we're doing. It will take a couple of years before a trial ever takes place, if at all."
Crane also outlined the ACLA's so-called "statements of truth." He said "our statements of truth is our contract with the American abortion industry. It has five points." He listed them:
It is believed that John Salvi III may have been swayed by Bray's book before he shot and killed two clinic employees and wounded five others last year in Massachusetts. Salvi is currently being tried for his alleged crimes.
Bray has come to the defense of Salvi, whose attorney claims is insane. "I don't think Salvi is any less mentally balanced than Ted Kennedy," Bray said. "His actions are easily justified under the legal and ethical doctrine of justifiable homicide. He ought to be acquitted."