Fighting Planned Parenthood in Santa Maria
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2018-08-08

recent article n the Santa Maria Timesdocumented the persistence and prayerfulness of a pro-lifer in the city. Mark Allen Rademaker, 61, is a regular presence outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Santa Maria. This is an abortion facility that kills preborn babies surgically and through the administration of the abortion pill. 

Mark stands outside of Planned Parenthood’s property and tries to speak to customers as they drive into the organization’s parking lot. Rademaker was arrested by Santa Maria Police four different times from 2010 through January 3, 2018, and has been charged with misdemeanor counts of interference with a reproductive health services provider, obstruction of a thoroughfare, and obstructing or intimidating business operators or customers.

Mark reportedly tells police officers that he is "doing God's work" and "trying to save innocent children from being slaughtered." He tells the courts that his misdemeanor counts of trespassing onto Planned Parenthood property should be dismissed on the grounds that "it's actually a murder mill—a place that murders children in the womb; they have nothing to do with reproductive health" and do not qualify as a productive health services facility, according to the law. Mark also says that his intention was not to obstruct the facility or to maliciously intimidate anyone; instead, his intention "was to save innocent children." 

In addition to being outside the Planned Parenthood murder mill, Mark also “spoke out against the Planned Parenthood facility, located at 415 E. Chapel St., during public comment at City Council meetings.”

Over the years, Mark was repeatedly charged, tried and convicted of the same misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing a business from 2006 to 2014. He has served jail time, paid hundreds of dollars in fees and was placed on probation after each conviction. However, city officials state that, in each instance, "after probation expired, [he would] return to Planned Parenthood to engage in the same behavior."

In July 2018, Mark was again on trial for the same misdemeanor charges and was found guilty.  He was sentenced to the maximum term of 180 days in Santa Barbara County Jail and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. He is currently beginning his jail time.

We thank God for Mark Rademaker and his untiring efforts to save the lives of preborn babies being murdered at Planned Parenthood. We ask all our readers to pray for Mark and to ask God to raise up more people like him who are willing to be at the abortion mills despite personal costs.