October 14, 2022

87-Year-Old Death Camp Survivor Arrested

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

At 6 years old, Eva Edl’s homeland was invaded by the Nazis. Now, at 87 years old, she is among those arrested for being present for a pro-life protest a year and a half ago. Edl survived a death camp through one of the worst horrors of modern history.  Yet, she is now in trouble with the federal government for standing up for the unborn outside a clinic that contributes to what many have called a “modern holocaust.”

The Background:  

Eva Edl was one of four pro-lifers charged with violating the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) this month, in relation to a March 2021 abortion facility rescue at Carafem in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

It was not her first arrest, but approximately her 46th arrest during her years as an activist. But it was her first arrest by the FBI. While the majority of her arrests have been while defending the unborn, she was also arrested back in 2005 for attempting to sneak a cup of water to a dying Terri Schiavo. 

Following her escape from a Nazi concentration camp, Eva Edl decided to dedicate her life to rescuing the defenseless. It was not until 1988 that she came to awareness that abortion was legal in the US, and told her husband she’d found her calling. Edl told Live Action,

“The first time I realized there were abortion clinics in our country was in 1988. I said to my husband, ‘these are the death camps of America.’ I saw people sitting in front of abortion clinics in Atlanta, and I’ve been involved ever since.

I do believe that we must be willing to lay down our comforts and even our lives to rescue the ‘least’ of God’s children,” she said. “Our children’s and grandchildren’s freedom will be no more secure than the innocent whose cries the Church ignores today. We should protect them as we would want to be protect[ed]. We should insist on the abolition of all abortion and accept nothing less. If we must pressure our leaders by way of laying down our lives between the victims and those who assault and murder them, then Jesus be lifted up in our sacrifice and answer our desperate prayers for justice for the children!”

According to Live Action, Edl is facing one year in prison for a misdemeanor offense and fines of up to $10,000. Carafem in Mt. Juliet has since ceased abortions due to the fall of Roe v. Wade in June, and preborn lives are now protected in the state of Tennessee.

Notable Quotes: 

If you were in a death camp like I was as a girl, would you want those who were obligated to love you to lobby for cleaner death camps? Less bugs in our starvation diet? Please! It disgusts the Lord that we waste so much time on money that will not protect one single child, even if the legislation is upheld by the court.”-- Eva Edl

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