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IRS Agent Tells Another Pro-Life Group: No Abortion Clinic Protests

By on 6.11.13 | 4:48PM

Just when you think the IRS scandal has finally dried up for a while, something new and shocking happens.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal group, recently released a phone call between Pro-Life Revolution president Ania Joseph and IRS Agent Sherry Wan.

On the 10-minute call, Wan tells Joseph: "When you conduct religious activities, meanwhile you have to respect other people’s beliefs, other people’s religion. You cannot use any kind of, you know, confrontational way, or to, or against other groups or devalue other groups, other people’s beliefs."

Wan then says: "Nobody will go after you as long as you don’t violate the law. But when you come to apply for tax exemption, you have to keep your action to, you know, exactly what is educational or religious."

She continues: "You can’t take all kinds of confrontation activities and also put something on a website and ask people to take action against the abortion clinic."

Wan's instructions are eerily similar to another agent's instructions to the Coalition for Life of Iowa to promise not to protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Susan Martinek, the president of the group, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee:

In June of 2009, Ms. Richards told me verbally that we needed to send in a letter with the entire board's signatures stating that under penalty of perjury we would not picket/protest or organize groups to picket/protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Upon receiving such a letter, she indicated that the IRS would allow our application to go through.

The similarities in these stories provide even more evidence that this targeting was systematic and ideology-based, and not the actions of rogue Cincinnati employees, as the Democrats would have you believe.

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