The pro-life community of northeastern Illinois has just lost one of its most devoted activists. John Thorne passed away quietly in his sleep in his home in Aurora, Illinois, on Wednesday, June 22.
I first met John at a community meeting held in April 2007 to organize in opposition to the rumored reopening of a notorious abortion clinic on the west side of Aurora. John had been one of the most devoted prayer warriors at that clinic, which had closed the previous fall.
John introduced himself after the meeting and showed me his cap, adorned with pro-life buttons, explaining that because he was so short—he styled himself "Little John"—it was easy for people to see the buttons. This was typical of John's great devotion to the pro-life cause. [Continue reading . . . »]
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