Paulette Harlow, 75, felt thankful despite her chronic health conditions when sentenced to 24 months in prison for trying to dissuade women from getting abortions.

“I felt confident and joyful, privileged to stand for the unborn,” she told The Daily Signal.

Convicted under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, Harlow’s lawyer has filed an appeal. The FACE Act prohibits force, obstruction, or property damage to interfere with reproductive health services. Harlow prayed and sang at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in October 2020.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Harlow, who turns 76 on June 23, and eight other pro-lifers to a combined 23 years. Senator Ted Cruz criticized the judge’s remark about Harlow’s health, calling it disgraceful.

Harlow’s organization, Operation Rescue Boston, employs nonviolent, First Amendment-protected methods. Despite health concerns, Harlow remains unafraid, drawing comfort from her faith and supporters. She requested prayers for vulnerable mothers and unborn babies instead of herself.

“I’m with God. Pray for those mothers without support at abortion clinics,” she said, emphasizing that stopping abortion is about humanity, not just religion.