“I chose to become an abortion doctor because abortion is the single greatest issue of civil rights and personal freedom for women.”
I didn’t hear about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, one of the few abortion providers left in this country with enough courage and conviction to perform late term abortions*, until this morning. I don’t go online very much over the weekend; and I make a point of not watching the news, figuring that whatever horrible atrocity has happened in those 48 hours can probably wait until I’ve had a chance to regain a little of the sanity that erodes during the work week. I’m shocked, digusted, and extremely saddened; but I’m comforted that there is already a suspect in custody.
I’m offended and angry at the amount of “But what about the non-violent anti-choice wingnuts?!” articles I’ve already seen in the MSM, like this one from the Associated Press: Abortion Foes Worry Shooting Could Silence Debate. If only, you vicious hateful lying jagoffs. There is no such thing as “non-violent” anti-choice protest anymore. Maybe they don’t all shoot, or openly advocate shooting, abortion providers; but they all intimidate and harass. If they really wanted to change laws, they’d be demonstrating in front of the White House or the Supreme Court or their local Congressional representative. Instead, they hang out in front of clinics, not-so-subtly threatening patients with slimy tactics like pretending to take video of them (which is illegal, but they’ll brandish empty cameras just to scare them), or taking down their license plate numbers. Their message is obvious: We know who you are, where you live, and we have hordes of mentally unbalanced people who just might do something with that information, slutz.
It’s just a little disengenuous for these organizations to profess shock at Tiller’s murder. You don’t get to call someone a “baby killer” and publish his address — including the address of the church where he was murdered** — then step back and absolve yourself of guilt when one of your extra-crazy minions picks up a gun and puts your hateful words to action. Anyone who ever called Tiller a baby killer has blood on their hands today. And Operation Rescue is a fucking terrorist organization, as far as I’m concerned.
*If you use the anti-choice propogandistic term “partial birth abortion”, I will murder you in the face.
**Seriously: Scott Roeder shot him while he was in church. Butbutbut anti-choice assholes are usually such good christians! They care deeply about all life (that’s not breathing on its own)!!