Robert Lewis Dear, far-right misogynist terrorist in Colorado, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Book by Professor and Alumna Spotlights Anti-Abortion Violence

23 June 2015

Kline School of Law Professor David S. Cohen and alumna Krysten Connon, ’12, discuss “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism,” which Oxford University Press published in May 2015. The book exposes the threats with which doctors and clinic workers and volunteers around the U.S. must contend.

By Tom Carter in the USA:

Planned Parenthood shooter motivated by right-wing smear campaign

30 November 2015

As details emerge of Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the killer, Robert Lewis Dear, has been linked to the right-wing smear campaign against the organization, which provides health care, including abortion services, to nearly five million women.

Wearing a trench coat and wielding an assault rifle, Dear murdered two victims who were seated in the packed waiting area, killed a university police officer who was dispatched to the scene and hit a total of nine other people with gunfire.

After he was persuaded to surrender after a five-hour standoff, he gave what has been described as a “rambling” interview to police detectives. During this interview, he allegedly made the statement, “No more baby parts.”

The shooter’s reference to “baby parts” aligns him with the ultra-right smear campaign against Planned Parenthood that has been under way since the summer of this year. The clinic in question has been the site of regular anti-abortion protests, with as many as 300 people demonstrating there on August 22, with regular picketing to harass women entering the building.

No Planned Parenthood staff members were killed in the November 27 attack, thanks to safety precautions implemented by the organization. Quick-thinking personnel followed their training, locked themselves inside clinic rooms and switched their phones to silent mode to avoid being detected by the attacker.

The ongoing campaign against Planned Parenthood focused on a number of doctored videos produced by a well-funded anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress. The videos purport to show members of the organization discussing the sale of “baby parts” for profit.

A wide section of the political establishment joined in this opportunity to denounce Planned Parenthood, initially including Hillary Clinton, and a virulent campaign was mounted in the Republican-controlled Congress to reduce or cut off the organization’s services.

Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health services to nearly five million women each year, including birth control, abortions, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, breast exams and counseling. For many poor and working class women and their families, Planned Parenthood is the only accessible and affordable provider of these services. The campaign against the organization makes use of religious prejudice against abortion as a cover for undermining working people’s medical and social services.

In September, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was summoned to Washington for a five-hour interrogation by congressional Republicans, who together with the Republican presidential candidates used the opportunity to grandstand and compete with each other to see who could make the most bloodcurdling denunciations of the organization.

In September, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina claimed during a primary debate that there were videos that showed “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” The fact that none of this ever happened did not prevent the multimillionaire former CEO from emphatically insisting that it was true.

These poisonous conceptions apparently made their way into the disturbed mind of Robert Lewis Dear, who decided to take matters into his own hands. The Denver Post reported that Dear had a reputation for being combative and “spouting off politically.” One neighbor reported that Dear had tried to hand him a right-wing leaflet within minutes of being introduced.

A small businessman who spent most of his life in rural North Carolina, Dear moved recently to the Colorado Springs area, a hotbed of the ultra-right, headquarters of Focus on the Family and more than 100 other Christian fundamentalist groups, as well as the site of the United States Air Force Academy and five military bases.

While it was Dear who pulled the trigger, moral responsibility for the attacks rests with those who have sought to pollute public consciousness with lies and religious bigotry for their own ends.

In the first 48 hours after the attack, only a handful of the 14 Republican presidential candidates deplored the attack—always without mentioning Planned Parenthood as the target of the violence, and usually only when pressed for a response by the media. They invariably dismissed the attacker as mentally ill rather than politically motivated, as though the two were diametrically opposed.

However, an unnamed Colorado Springs law enforcement official, in a widely reported statement to reporters, called the attacks “definitely politically motivated.” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, Republican and former state attorney general, called the attack an example of “domestic terrorism.”

Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, released a statement following the shooting that placed responsibility for the attacks on those who have been unjustly persecuting the organization: “We’ve seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months. That environment breeds acts of violence.”

In a televised interview, Fiorina responded to Cowart’s statement by denouncing any efforts to link the attack to anti-abortion rhetoric as “typical left-wing tactics.” Fiorina went on to contradict herself by implying that the murderer was, in fact, an anti-abortion “protester.” She stated, “Any protesters should always be peaceful. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or pro-life protesters.”

“This is so typical of the left, to immediately begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” she added somewhat incoherently, implying that she agrees with the murderer’s “message.”

The National Abortion Federation reports that since 1977, when anti-abortion fanatics began launching physical attacks on clinics and personnel, eight doctors and staff members have been killed. There have also been 17 attempted murders, 186 arson attacks and thousands of other crimes targeting abortion clinics.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTER CALLS HIMSELF ‘WARRIOR FOR THE BABIES’ Robert Lewis Dear also yelled out, “I’m guilty, there will be no trial.” [Ryan Grenoble, HuffPost]

‘INSTRUMENTS OF OPPRESSION’ “Thousands of rape victims around the world undergo grisly and unsafe abortions because of U.S. policy. Obama could change this with a single executive action. Why hasn’t he?” [Laura Bassett, HuffPost]

12 thoughts on “Robert Lewis Dear, far-right misogynist terrorist in Colorado, USA

  1. On Friday, a terrorist shooter attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. He held staff and patients hostage for more than five hours, ultimately killing three, including a police officer, and injuring nine more before police arrested him.1

    This is the sixth terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood in FOUR MONTHS. Why isn’t the Department of Justice investigating what is clearly terrorism?

    We’re delivering a petition on Thursday to demand it. Together with our allies at NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO, and Courage Campaign, we will deliver nearly 300,000 signatures to the Department of Justice to demand it investigate the attacks. The only thing that’s missing is your name, Linda. Can you be the 300,000th?

    Sign this important petition demanding the Department of Justice open an investigation to prevent further attacks.

    Thanks for taking action.

    –Nita and Shaunna

    P.S. Here’s the original email we sent.

    Dear Linda,

    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.2

    This is the fifth terrorist attack on Planned Parenthood since July–and the mainstream media have mostly ignored them.3 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.4 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.5 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.6 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.7

    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, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. Searching for Answers and Comfort After Killings at Planned Parenthood, New York Times, November 29, 2015

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

    3. 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

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

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

    6. Four Arsons In 74 Days At Planned Parenthood Clinics, Southern Poverty Law Center, October 2, 2015

    7. Co-Founder Behind Planned Parenthood Video Has Close Ties to Abortion Clinic Violence, RH Reality Check, July 17, 2015

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