Anti-abortion US terrorists

This video from the USA is called Dr. Warren Hern Speaks about the Murder of Colleague and Friend Dr. George Tiller.

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane in the USA:

Doctor: We don’t need to invade countries to find terrorists

Published: June 1, 2009
Updated 2 hours ago

Following the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion extremist, his friend, Dr. Warren Hern of Boulder, CO, may be the only doctor left in the United States who performs late-term abortions.

Hern told MSNBC on Monday, “This was not the act of a lone, deranged gunman. This is a result of thirty-five years of relentless and merciless anti-abortion harassment and violence and intimidation. … This is the absolutely predictable consequence of that kind of mindless harassment and fanaticism. … The anti-abortion people will stop at nothing, including assassination, to impose their will on other people.”

With his voice choking up, Hern said of Tiller, “He was a wonderful person who was very dedicated and this shouldn’t happen. … Dr. Tiller’s crime was that he helped women, and the man who killed him tried to kill an idea. The idea is freedom.”

“We don’t have to invade other countries to find the terrorists,” Hern concluded. “They’re here killing doctors who do abortions. The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8000 miles.”

Hern’s depiction of Tiller’s murder as domestic terrorism may draw fresh attention to a controversial Department of Homeland Security report (pdf) issued in April. That report offended many conservatives by suggesting that political positions such as opposition to abortion had historically been exploited by white supremacists and militia groups as a mean of recruiting members and promoting violent acts.

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly — who has himself spent the last four years singling Tiller out as a “baby killer” — was similarly indignant.

By Cristina Page, Author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America:

For those who would like to think today’s murder in church of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, is an isolated incident, here’s the horrifying news: You are wrong. The pattern is clear and frightening.

In March 1993, three months into the administration of our first pro-choice president, Bill Clinton, abortion provider Dr. David Gunn was murdered in Pensacola, Florida. That was the beginning of what would become a five-fold increase in violence against abortion providers throughout the Clinton years.

From the blog of Shannyn Moore in the USA:

Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism

Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism.

It’s shocking to write. But it’s time to start calling it what it is.

When Jim D. Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with 76 rounds and a shot-gun, he killed 2 people and was charged with murder. His motive was “he hated the liberal movement” and was upset with “liberals in general as well as gays.” He should have been charged with terrorism.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today condemned the “heinous murder” of George Tiller, who was one of only three US doctors carrying out late-term abortions: here.

Slam Bill O’Reilly for His Jihad Against Dr. George Tiller: here.

Beware ‘Lone Nut’ Theory in Tiller’s Murder: here.

The assassination of Dr. George Tiller by a right-wing anti-abortion fanatic is an attack on basic democratic rights that exposes the pathological state of political life in America: here.

Operation Rescue Assisted Roeder In Tracking Tiller’s Court Hearings: here.

Calling Abortion Murder Invites Violence: here.

Following the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, the slain doctor’s family has announced that the Women’s Health Care Services clinic will not be reopened: here.

Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax: here.

Baby Blog Hoaxer Explains Her ‘Lie’: here.

A recent survey shows that the United States may be becoming both less religious generally and less Christian specifically: here.

27 thoughts on “Anti-abortion US terrorists

  1. Supremacist suspect arrest
    Tuesday 02 June 2009
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    Anti-terror police said today that they had arrested a suspected white supremacist.

    The man, believed to be involved in extreme right-wing activity, was arrested at a house in Myrtle Grove, Burnopfield, County Durham [England].

    He is being held for questioning by officers from Durham Police and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit at a police station in West Yorkshire.


  2. Posted by: “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus
    Tue Jun 2, 2009 6:57 am (PDT)

    Dr. George Tiller
    The Killing of George Tiller: A “Pro-life” Murder?

    Professor, Chicago Theological Seminary
    Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    Former president of Chicago Theological Seminary (1998-2008), Thistlethwaite is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

    “Pro-life” as the self-description of the anti-abortion movement has a fundamental flaw at its heart. The moral absolute of “life” is not applied consistently, in my view, by the majority of those in this movement. Many in the “pro-life” anti-abortion movement seem to me to only be pro-life in the case of abortion — unlike those who hold an ethic of life across a range of moral issues, not only abortion but also war and the death penalty, This makes “pro-life” in regard to abortion not only an inconsistent ethic, but an unstable one.

    Nothing exposes this fundamental inconsistency and instability in the ethic of life as a description of the anti-abortion movement more than “pro-life” murder.

    Dr. George Tiller, one of the most prominent and controversial abortion providers in the country, was gunned down Sunday n Reformation Lutheran Church while he was serving as an usher. Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his Kansas clinic is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed. He had been shot before and survived.

    The Washington Post is reporting that an arrest has been made of a man matching the description of the shooter. Scott Roeder, the suspect in the murder of George Tiller, “is known in anti-abortion circles as a man who believes that killing an abortion doctor is justifiable.”

    Violence has been a part of the anti-abortion movement from the beginning, from the overt violence of the murder of other abortion providers to the covert violence of harassing women trying to get to clinics for reproductive services.

    Violence is a logical outcome of the extreme self-righteousness of those who claim the “pro-life” label as an absolute and yet who do not have an actual, consistent ethic of life such as the views held by pacifists. Dr. Charles Kimball, a Baptist minister and professor of religion at Wake Forest University, well explains this logical connection in his book When Religion Becomes Evil. According to Kimball, two warning signs that indicate a religious viewpoint is becoming evil are “absolute truth claims” and “the end justifies any means.” Violence, in Kimball’s view, is an evil.

    I believe we will find that both of those warning signs are present in the views of Dr. Tiller’s murderer. I also believe that if the anti-abortion movement were honest with itself, and with the American people, it would admit that its “absolute truth claims” lead inexorably to attitudes held by those who commit crimes against abortion providers: “the end justifies any means.”

    It is important for the country as a whole for the anti-abortion movement to climb down off of the pedestal of “pro-life” and work in a practical way toreduce abortion through honest sex education of young people, safe and available contraception, and the provision of health care and other economic supports for poor women who want to have a child. These are practical and cooperative ways to actually reduce the number of abortions and support an actual ethic of life.

    Murdering doctors does not demonstrate pro-life. In fact, murder demonstrates pro-death.
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  3. Jun 8, 3:29 AM EDT

    Suspect in abortion doctor death warns of violence

    Associated Press Writer

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation launched into his possible accomplices.

    A Justice Department spokesman said the threat was being taken seriously and additional protection had been ordered for abortion clinics last week. But a leader of the anti-abortion movement derided the accused shooter as “a fruit and a lunatic.”

    Scott Roeder called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County jail, where he’s being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller one week ago.

    “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal,” Roeder said. When asked by the AP what he meant and if he was referring to another shooting, he refused to elaborate further.

    It wasn’t clear whether Roeder knew of any impending violence or whether he was simply seeking publicity for his cause. Law enforcement authorities including the Justice Department said they didn’t know whether the threat was credible.

    Tiller’s clinic in Wichita was among only a few in the U.S. that perform third-trimester abortions. He was shot while serving as an usher at the Lutheran church he attended.

    Asked if he shot Tiller, Roeder replied that he could not comment about that and said he needed to clear everything with his lawyer.

    Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a written statement Sunday that “we take this matter seriously, which is why the Attorney General ordered increased protection of appropriate people and facilities last week.”

    Tiller’s clinic had been a target of regular demonstrations by abortion opponents. Most were peaceful, but his clinic was bombed in 1986 and he was shot in both arms in 1993. In 1991, a 45-day “Summer of Mercy” campaign organized by Operation Rescue drew thousands of abortion opponents to Wichita, and there were more than 2,700 arrests.

    The Justice Department opened an investigation Friday to see if the gunman who killed Tiller had accomplices. The DOJ said its Civil Rights Division and the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas will investigate whether the killing violated a 1994 law creating criminal penalties for violent or damaging conduct toward abortion providers and their patients.

    An attorney for the Tiller family, Dan Monnat, said he wasn’t sure they should be dignifying Roeder’s actions and threats with a response “every time he makes a hare-brained phone call.”

    “I am hopeful that state and federal authorities, including Homeland Security, will give Mr. Roeder and his information a deserving response,” Monnat said, declining to elaborate.

    Nancy Keenan president of NARAL-Pro-Choice America, said Roeder’s comments “continue to escalate that kind of activity, that kind of violence. Quite honestly, I think it’s imperative for anti-choice groups to tone down that rhetoric and keep the more extreme elements in their movement form copying Scott Roeder.”

    A funeral was held Saturday for Tiller. Most anti-abortion groups avoided the service, having denounced Tiller’s shooting.

    Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, read about Roeder’s statement and e-mailed The Associated Press, saying: “This guy is a fruit and a lunatic.”

    Roeder, a 51-year-old abortion opponent, was arrested a few hours after the shooting just outside Kansas City.

    He told the AP he refused to talk to investigators when he was arrested, and has made no statements to police since then.

    “I just told them I needed to talk to my lawyer,” Roeder said.

    In two separate calls to AP on Sunday morning, Roeder was far more talkative about his treatment at the Sedgwick County jail, complaining about “deplorable conditions in solitary” where he was kept during his first three days there.

    Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said that Roeder is receiving appropriate medical treatment.

    “It is after all a jail, but a modern state-of-the-art facility with professional staff,” Hinshaw said. “While Mr. Roeder may not care for being in the Sedgwick County jail, all of our conditions and policies are designed to provide safety and security for all inmates, staff and public at large.”

    Roeder said it was freezing in his cell. “I started having a bad cough. I thought I was going to have pneumonia,” he said.

    He said he called AP because he wanted to emphasize the conditions in the jail so that in the future suspects would not have to endure the same conditions.

    Roeder also said he wanted the public to know he has been denied phone privileges for the past two days, and needed his sleep apnea machine.

    Hinshaw disputed that phone privileges had been denied.


  4. Abortion case to be investigated

    Health: A hospital is conducting a review after reports that a strongly religious nurse told a teenager’s family about her secret abortion.

    The 16-year-old girl was reportedly kicked out of her home after her devout Catholic mother heard about the abortion from the girl’s aunt, who was friends with the nurse.

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital said it was reviewing the circumstances of the case.


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