Asheville, NC (LifeNews.com) — Newly-minted city councilman Cecil Bothwell has received considerable national news attention recently because he is a declared atheist, and because the North Carolina Constitution prohibits anyone who denies “Almighty God” from holding office.
Bothwell is also coming under fire because he continues to work as an escort at an abortion center despite his position in local elected office.
One person making an issue of the discrepancy is local figure and Southern Heritage activist, H.K. Edgerton, an African-American known for parading while wearing a Confederate uniform as he carries the Stars and Bars flag.
What no media outlet has mentioned is that, for many years, Bothwell has been a volunteer “escort” at the Femcare abortion facility in Asheville.
Once a month, wearing a blaze-orange vest, Bothwell patrols the Femcare parking lot, greets pregnant women at their cars and walks them to the door, sometimes holding the door, inside of which they will have their pre-born children killed.
“I… have such a high regard for constitutional rights that I’m willing to put my life on the line to protect women who are threatened with violence when they seek access to family planning help,” Bothwell posted on the Asheville Citizen-Times on-line commentary site prior to the November election.
Local pro-life activist Meredith Eugene Hunt disagrees with Bothwell’s characterization.
Hunt told LifeNews.com: “Mr. Bothwell doesn’t stand up for constitutional rights, if he thinks aborting children is one of them. He doesn’t put his life on the line, because there’s virtually no danger.
She continued: “And it’s not true that women who come to abort their children are threatened with violence, unless it’s the violence of abortion. If he calls aborting a child, ‘family planning,’ what will city planning be?”