A small business owner in Syracuse, New York, is making his voice heard in standing up for the voiceless. Bookstore owner Jon Speed closed down his shop, The Book Scout, on Wednesday as an official “day of mourning” following the passing of New York's euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, a law making abortion on-demand up to the moment of birth legal.
"The book store is closed today. It is a day of mourning in New York. In honor of the thousands of babies that will die in the years to come, we shall not be collecting sales tax for this tyrannical government today. We will on other days, under duress, but not today," posted Speed to his business' Facebook page.
An outspoken Christian and advocate for the unborn, Speed put a poignant sign on his store's door to inform any customers or passersby of his position: "CLOSED TODAY,” the sign reads. “Today is a day of mourning in New York State. We will not collect sales tax today for a tyrannical government that murders babies. We will resume regular business tomorrow, collecting sales tax under duress. End Abortion Now.”
Speaking to Live Action News, Speed said he decided to post the messages to "make an impact with our customer base."
"It is a statement of my disgust with NY's new law. My prayer for them all is their repentance and faith in Christ. Their hearts must change if their minds will change," added the business owner.
The extreme law was passed and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Tuesday, the 46th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion, and horrifyingly met with literal cheering from Democrats and pro-abortion advocates. Cuomo ordered the One World Trade Center to be lit pink in celebration of the law, which, again, allows for the murder of the unborn up to the point of birth.
Lila Rose, president and founder of national pro-life organization Live Action, called the law "no different than infanticide."
"Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death. This is no different than infanticide," Rose said in a statement to The Daily Wire.
“New York pro-lifers fought successfully for more than a decade to defeat this radical pro-abortion bill. But the November election put pro-abortion Democrats in control of both state houses, and Democrat politicians have made abortion on demand a priority. While the pro-abortion zealots in New York have won this battle, they will ultimately lose the war on abortion," the statement continued.
Speed also shared a link to a pro-life documentary called "Babies Are Murdered Here," which he co-produced. WATCH, below: