Letter to editor requires response about Arlington program

In response to Janean Desmarais’ letter to the the editor, (“Pregnancy services provide ‘suspect counseling,” The Herald, Sept. 6):

I was certainly surprised, when informed, that I was recently named the letter. After reading it I thought that it did not warrant a response from me. I have been personally slandered before as I’m sure most have. Upon some reflection though, I realized that I must respond as the misrepresentations of fact and aspersions on my character were meant as an indictment of the work of Living Hope. Living Hope serves families in our community by helping to meet their physical, relational and spiritual needs. We offer free housing to homeless and homeless-vulnerable women, assist with child care, establish positive mentoring relationships, and meet many other tangible needs (food, clothing, rent, vehicles, etc.).

As to the assertion that I was “arrested in Kentucky for violating the FACE Act” this is false. I was cited by the city of Louisville for trespassing, a charge that was subsequently dismissed. I was sued by the Department of Justice for a civil (not criminal) violation of the FACE Act and fined $250. I have never been convicted of any crime. This is all a matter of public record and a simple search would have revealed this.

As to the label “extremist,” if by this Ms. Desmarais means to insinuate that I think elective abortion to be an unthinkable evil that is repugnant to every normal human affection, that it violates the clear teaching of scripture and historical Christianity, that it is the greatest human rights violation of our day, and is bringing our nation under the just condemnation of Almighty God, then sure, I’m an “extremist.”

David Graves

Living Hope

Arlington

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