Murdered US doctor George Tiller, and cartoonist Mikhaela

George Tiller, by Mikhaela

This cartoon by Mikaela is a tribute to murdered US doctor George Tiller by an extreme Right murderer. More about this on Mikhaela’s blog.

Heroine of the anti-abortion lobby is exposed as a fantasist: here.

Arizona’s state legislature this week moved toward major restrictions on abortion and contraception with the passage of two reactionary bills; here.

The right to an abortion is meaningless without the ability to afford one, writes Sarah Wilhelm, a member of the board of the Seattle-based Community Abortion Information and Resource Project: here.

Despite Everything, Choice Survives in Kansas. Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: “‘You know, when we first started talking about reestablishing a clinic in Wichita back in 2010, people were still shell-shocked by Dr. Tiller’s murder,’ Burkhart admits. ‘There was almost a deer-in-the-headlights reaction to the idea of once again offering abortions in this city. Then, once we started to talk about the idea, people came around and became eager to do it'”: here.

This 2019 video from the USA is called Remembering Dr. George Tiller, 10 Years After the Abortion Provider Was Assassinated in Kansas.

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  1. ‘I Quit the Evangelical Movement in Disgust’:
    Former Evangelist Fears Right-Wing
    Lunacy Will Lead to More Murder

    By Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet
    Posted on July 1, 2009, Printed on July 1, 2009

    What are the Republicans in Congress and the other “respectable” leaders on the far right — from Focus on the Family’s James Dobson to Rush Limbaugh, from Laura Ingraham to the leaders of the NRA — doing to stop the right-wing domestic wave of terrorism exploding in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s election? I ask this as a former evangelical right-wing and “pro-life” leader who quit the right and the Republicans in disgust over their extremism.

    In the wake of the election of our first black president, we’ve seen rage — an abortion doctor gunned down; three police officers in Pittsburgh shot by a man who feared “they” would take his guns; and a black security guard at the National Holocaust Museum slain.

    The FBI just arrested a well-known white supremacist and the host of an Internet talk show and Web site for saying that three judges should be killed. (Hal Turner, was arrested in North Bergen, N.J., and accused of posting statements on his Web site calling for the killing of three federal appeals court judges in Chicago who recently ruled on a gun-rights case.)

    On June 26, another domestic terrorism story exploded: The gunning down of a father, mother and child by a self-appointed “border patrol” keeping America “safe” from Mexican immigrants. Here is what happened, according to the *New York Times*:

    Arivaca, Ariz. — “Somebody just came in and shot my daughter and my husband!” the woman shouted to the 911 dispatcher. “They’re coming back in! They’re coming back in!”

    Multiple gunshots are then heard on a tape of the call.

    The woman, Gina Gonzalez, survived the attack after arming herself with her husband’s handgun, but both he and their 10-year-old daughter died.

    The killings, last month, have terrified this small town near the Mexican border, in part because the authorities have now tied them to what they describe as a rogue group engaged in citizen border patrols.The three people arrested in the crime include the leader of Minutemen American Defense, a Washington state-based offshoot of the Minutemen movement, in which citizens roam the border looking for people crossing into the country illegally. Former members describe the group’s leader, Shawna Forde, 41, as having anti-immigrant sentiments that are extreme, at times frightening, even to people accustomed to hard-line views on border policing.

    There’s a biblical story about the stoning to death of St. Stephen, where the yet-to-be-converted-apostle Paul didn’t throw the deadly stones himself but stood holding the coats of the people doing the killing. Similarly, the right-wing leadership, are “holding the coats” of present and future violent actors. These coat-holders sow the seeds of hate with their words, then pretend horror when those words are taken seriously.

    Who has been beating the anti-immigrant drum? Who has been calling abortion doctors “murderers”? Who has been saying that Obama will take away our guns? Who is ratcheting up the anti-Obama hysteria?

    – In the light of the rising tide of right-wing terror, if leaders on the right were serious about standing against violence and acting responsibly you would see: – Pro-life leaders in front of abortion clinics to protect doctors from violence. – People like radio talk host Ingraham — who has been sounding an anti-immigrant drumbeat incessantly — at the funeral for the little girl gunned down in Arivaca and begging her far-right listeners to not commit acts of domestic terrorism against immigrants. – Letters from the NRA to its membership refuting its own scaremongering, anti-Obama election tactics and saying that Obama is *not *going to take Americans’ guns away. – Republican senators and representatives giving speeches calling on their followers to accept and work with the president in a truly loyal opposition and denouncing Dick Cheney for saying the president is making us “less safe.” – Evangelical Christian and Roman Catholic leaders telling their congregations to stop believing insane Religious Right lies, like the one about Obama being a Muslim, and/or the Antichrist …

    Instead, the rising tide of violence is met with silence and/or pretended horror by leaders on the right and yet even more hateful words amounting to outright provocation — “I hope Obama fails,” or, “Obama is making America less safe,” or, “We regret Tiller’s murder, but after all, he murdered 60,000 babies…” or, “Illegal immigrants must be stopped!” and so on.

    Who on the right-wing radio shows, among the Republicans in Congress and in far-right media such as Fox News, will now try to cure the sickness of their right-wing followers — before it explodes again? Or don’t they care?

    So far, the insanity continues including (according to *Time* magazine) the New Bethel Church’s highly publicized “open-carry service.” Assemblies of God church (Sarah Palin’s old denomination) in Louisville, Ky., having a service to celebrate carrying weapons, wherein NRA and other members of gun groups were invited and a video was shown of a Marine being asked what he would do if asked to “disarm Americans.” More hysteria, more craziness, more religious leaders — locally and nationally — ramping up the Obama-will-take-your-guns threat.

    Right-wing domestic terrorism committed by a few unhinged people who take the crazy talk (and nutty “open-carry” church services) seriously is a test of the patriotism of the so-called mainstream right-wing leaders. If the mainstream right doesn’t stand up to try to tamp down the fear levels in its very own lunatic fringe, and if it doesn’t lower the pitch of its anti-Obama rhetoric, then it is complicit in whatever comes next.

    * Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back. * € ¦© 2009 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved. View this story online at:


  2. Republican leaders on the Senate Finance Committee are demanding that health reform legislation restrict coverage of abortion services – coverage that the majority of women have right now.

    Tell your Senators: Don’t exclude reproductive health services from health reform legislation.

    Bob Fertik

    Dear Activist,


    Don’t let Congress play politics with women’s health.

    Comprehensive health care reform must address women’s health needs and include reproductive health services.

    Urge your Senators to reject any health reform provisions that restrict women’s access to the health services they need.

    Urge your Senators to reject any health reform provisions that restrict women’s access to the health services they need.

    >>Take Action

    The health reform debate is heating up – and some members of Congress are playing politics with women’s health.

    Republican leaders on the Senate Finance Committee – one of the key congressional committees drafting health care reform legislation – are pressuring their colleagues on the Committee to exclude women’s reproductive health care services.

    Specifically, they are demanding that health reform legislation restrict coverage of abortion services – coverage that the majority of women have right now.

    At a time when our leaders should be focused on expanding health coverage and providing better quality care for all Americans, this move to take away basic benefits is unconscionable.

    We can’t let this happen.

    Some Senators are urging that reproductive health services be excluded, which would limit coverage many women have right now, as well as deny benefits to millions of women who would otherwise be covered under proposed health care reform legislation.

    We need your help.

    Women’s health care needs are not limited to reproductive health, but it is a key determinant of women’s overall health. A comprehensive health care reform plan that improves women’s access to affordable, quality health care, including comprehensive reproductive health services, is therefore essential to improving the health of women, families and communities.

    >>Urge your Senators to stand up for women’s reproductive health needs in the debate over health care reform.


    Marilyn Keefe
    Director of Reproductive Health Programs


  3. Banning abortion in the private health-insurance market has become the anti-choice movement’s number one goal in health-care reform.

    Tell Congress not to put women’s health in jeopardy.

    Bob Fertik

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    Not only are anti-choice extremists and their allies in Congress spreading false claims about health care reform and abortion, but they are trying to use the heath care reform bill as part of their push to ban abortion across the country. If they have their way, they’ll be taking abortio n coverage away from millions of women who already have it as part of their private insurance.

    Urge Congress to oppose all anti-choice attempts to take away coverage from women already have it!

    We’ve seen the anti-choice machine this month in full force at town halls across the country. Not only are they shouting down members of Congress in public forums, but they’re flooding their offices with phone calls and emails.

    And their allies in Congress introduced 12 anti-choice amendments earlier this summer within the category of women’s health, including Senator Tom Coburn’s outrageous “Office of Unborn Children’s Health.”

    Health care reform is too important to be co-opted by the radical anti-choice extreme. And reproductive health care is too important to be denied to women across the country.

    Send your senators and representative the message today: Oppose any attempt to take away abortion coverage from women who already have it.

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  9. There was ANOTHER violent attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic.

    The latest attack was in Claremont, New Hampshire, where someone broke into a Planned Parenthood health center and used a hatchet to destroy equipment and exam rooms, and break water and sewer lines, flooding the entire center.1

    This is the fifth terrorist attack on Planned Parenthood since July–and the mainstream media have mostly ignored them.2 Local officials are investigating–but these are acts of domestic terrorism and require the resources of the Department of Justice. One week ago, the Justice Department actually created a Domestic Terrorism division for cases exactly like this.3 That’s why we’re joining our friends at NARAL Pro-Choice America to demand the Justice Department open a domestic terrorism investigation. Will you sign the petition?

    Tell the Justice Department: Open a domestic terrorism investigation into the violent attacks at Planned Parenthood clinics.
    Sign the petition

    Two weeks ago, someone vandalized the Claremont Planned Parenthood health center–spray-painting it with hate speech.4 Then, Wednesday night, this second attack occurred, which forced the clinic to close temporarily. It’s the only Planned Parenthood clinic in this rural area, and the clinic’s closure is cutting off access to countless women in need of health services. This comes after four arsons at clinics across the U.S., one in California, Washington, Illinois, and Louisiana.5 The violent attacks against Planned Parenthood must be stopped before another clinic is forced to shut its doors.

    Anti-abortion violence has a long history in this country, and it turns deadly. In fact, the co-founder of the organization that released the doctored anti-abortion Planned Parenthood videos is linked to violent militants like Operation Rescue, the group associated with the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.6

    The good news is that the Department of Justice can choose to combat these attacks. The attacks on Planned Parenthood health centers are acts of terrorism, and if the Justice Department takes action, it can deter future attacks. If we all stand up together with our friends at NARAL, we can make sure the Justice Department listens.

    Add your name.

    Thanks for standing up.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Vanessa, Megan, and Kaytee, the UltraViolet team


    1. Planned Parenthood office in Claremont heavily damaged by intruder, WMUR9 ABC, October 22, 2015

    2. LA Times And WA Spokesman-Review’s Coverage of Planned Parenthood Arsons Shines Compared to National Print and Cable News, Media Matters for America, October 9, 2015

    3. Department of Justice Creates New Post to Combat Domestic Terrorism, Politicususa, October 16, 2015


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