On May 26, 1994 Congress and President Bill Clinton treated abortion businesses and churches as equals. President Clinton signed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
This federal law prohibited nonviolent civil disobedience in abortion clinics and churches. Before the law was passed Operation Rescue organized the largest civil disobedience movement in American history. Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue claims that 70,000 arrests were made in the defense of preborn life.
Gay rights activists in New York were upset with the Catholic Church's positions on gay rights and abortion so they organized a protest of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Radio Free Europe described the protest:
Only a few dozen of the Act Up protesters entered the cathedral. But their impact was dramatic. Several stood, chanting a statement of complaint against the Catholic Church. Others lay down in the aisles, chaining themselves to pews.
After the law was passed, the prolife protest movement lost its courage. Meanwhile, a remnant of Christians are still willing to fight for the preservation of preborn life.