Do Women Have The Right Of Free Choice (Pro Choice)? Do Women Control Their Own Bodies? Anti Abortion Violence Defined As Terrorism

Do Women Have The Right Of Free Choice (Pro Choice)? Do Women Control Their Own Bodies? Anti Abortion Violence Defined As Terrorism
First of all, everyone is pro life. Everyone loves children. Asking people if they are pro life does not answer any critical questions around legality or illegality of abortion. More precise survey questions might consist of:

1. Should a child be FORCED to be brought into the world if a single child, teen or adult parent or even two parents are not ready either financially, emotionally or in other ways, for any number of very valid reasons?

2. Should girls, teens and/or adult single/married women be forced to have sex without birth control, and with no way to either prevent or end a pregnancy legally?

3. Should women have the right to have a choice and voice in matters that affect their bodies, such as birth control, and whether to have a child or not?

4. Should a particular religion or religious leader such as an Imam or Pope be 100% in charge of women’s choices around their choice of religion, sex, birth control and whether to have a baby or not?

5. Should America go back to The Pope or a British King being in charge and declaring absolute power and authority, as a God on Earth?

How would you answer these questions?

Remember, it was not too many years ago, that women were considered the ‘property’ of men and nothing more. Not too long ago, in America, women could not vote, own property and had no rights in court, just like African American slaves.


It seems like a no brainer that women should be able to choose, but 40 percent believe that women should NOT have this right. Well, if women cannot choose for themselves, then who will choose for them? A religion? A government? Maybe a religious government controlled by a fundamentalist religious leader, such as the Pope, or an Islamic Imam will choose for women. Which way do you prefer it to be?

Should America go back to The Pope or a British King being in charge and declaring absolute power and authority, as a God on Earth? Maybe this is a better way to ask the question, to make the choice more clear. That is the fundamental choice, and it seems 40% of Americans want someone in charge with absolute power, and women should not have the right to choose.

Wikipedia; “In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that states laws which made it illegal for a woman to have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional, and that the decision on whether a woman should have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy should be left to the woman and her doctor to decide. In general, do you favor or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?[79] 

In reply, 56 percent of respondents indicated favour while 40 percent indicated opposition. The Harris organization concluded from this poll that “56 percent now favours the U.S. Supreme Court decision.” Pro-life activists have disputed whether the Harris poll question is a valid measure of public opinion about Roe’s overall decision, because the question focuses only on the first three months of pregnancy.[80][81] The Harris poll has tracked public opinion about Roe since 1973:[79][82]


In the US, Almost 350,000 U.S. teenagers under the age of 18 become pregnant each year. Approximately 82% of these pregnancies are unintended. Fifty-five percent of pregnant teenagers give birth, 14% have miscarriages, and 31% have abortions. (The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), Special Report: U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics: With Comparative Statistics for Women Aged 20-24 (1999).) The House just passed a bill to rob a woman of her access to abortions by taking away insurance coverage – on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. What a dark day for women’s rights in America.
Pro life advocates such as LiteralistsDominionists and/or Christofascists feel strongly that no girl or woman should have the right to make choices about her own body, and that abortion should be made illegal and immoral, as it was in the 1800’s and before.. Some pro life advocates feel so strongly about this issue that they are willing to commit violence. including even murder, lying to pregnant women and/or committing arson or property destruction.

Many if not most of these abortion foes also don’t believe in teaching birth control or having classes at school that teach anything about how the body works or how sex results in pregnancy. The result of no sex education classes and no birth control ends up causing the huge teen pregnancy problem, which then results in an abortion issue, especially in predominantly fundamentalist Catholic countries where laws and policies against abortion, birth control and sex education are common.


Electing extreme right wing fundamentalists like Santorum into office turns into public policy such as abstinence and not talking about sex, instead of teaching sex education and providing birth control methods.

Electing right wing fundamentalists will also result in overturning Roe vs Wade, by putting extreme right wing judges into the Supreme Court. Be careful who you vote for, because you will get what you ask for. And if you don’t vote, the passionate minority made up of extreme right wing fundamentalists, will get their candidate into office, because they ALL VOTE.


Limited abortion became legal in America, via a Supreme Court case called Roe Vs Wade. Before that point, women used clothes hangers and dangerous non medical providers of abortion services. As a result of these unsafe non medical practices, thousands of women died in their botched attempts at abortion.

What was life like for single pregnant women or girls before abortion and birth control/contraception were options in the United States?


In the 1800s, unmarried pregnant girls like Maria were in deep trouble. Religious ideas about sin held that a woman’s “virtue” was ruined if she had sex outside of marriage. Thus disgraced, a woman had few options if her “seducer” refused to marry her. Often she was banished, forced to live apart from family and community. This was an era when birth control was not widely available or reliable. Women could not vote, own property, or control their own money. (They could also be committed to an insane asylum on the say-so of a man[1]). Countless ‘fallen’ women—who’d been raped, or jilted by their lovers—had to resort to prostitution to make ends meet. Prostitutes lived an average of about four years, falling victim to violence and venereal disease. As for surrendering a child for adoption, in the mid-1800s, there were 30,000 homeless children[2] living on New York streets, and no reliable foster care or orphan asylums. Maria Bodine was in dire straits. 
This is the world that literalists and dominionists want to turn the clock back to.. where men ruled women. Women had no rights, and were often just objects to be used and thrown away at will.


J Med Ethics 2001;27:ii10-ii14 doi:10.1136/jme.27.suppl_2.ii10
Reproductive autonomy and the ethics of abortion
Barbara Hewson

Of course, many women will not accept the suffering which continuing with pregnancy would cause them (or their families), and take steps accordingly. In countries where safe abortion is illegal or unavailable, this results in self-imposed or “back-street” abortions and all the ills that flow from that: injury, infection, infertility, and even death. It is striking that complications from unsafe abortion are estimated to result in 13 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide.3 It is hard to see how such wastage of female life could be condoned in ethical terms. As Ann Furedi has said: “The issue is not so much whether or when the embryo/fetus is deserving of respect per se, but how much respect and value we accord to a life (that does not even know it is alive) relative to the respect and value we have for the life of the woman who carries it.”4

What would you do if you were a woman in America, and legal right to have an abortion were taken away from you? 


The View Debates over Abortion: Pro Choice? Pro Life? Classic Clip


The Rachel Maddow Show – Anti-choice Republicans accidentally make pro-choice arguments, such as women having the right to make choices about their own bodies, without a religion or politicians telling them what they can or cannot do via dogma, faith or strange laws that make no sense at all. 


Santorum: Contraception ‘A Grievous Moral Wrong’

99% of women, including Catholics, have used artificial birth control. This means that in the literalist world, they are all guilty of a grievous moral wrong.. What is Santorum pointing at? What does he really mean? 
The literalist world, any killing of an egg or sperm with birth control is murder, pure and simple. In other words, any man using a condom, and any woman using any form of birth control is a murderer. Let’s take that a step further and see if this makes any logical sense at all.

According to Bible literalists and dominionists, if you use birth control in the form of a condom or a birth control pill, you are guilty of murder and must be executed. Of course, this sounds shocking and ridiculous, but this is what many literalists and dominists believe and want to put into law.

How many other death penalties are there in the Bible that the literalists or dominionists believe in? 

Possible Grounds For Execution In The Old Testament… How Many Death Penalties Are There? What Is A Literalist?

Peace, War, Human Rights, Justice, Prisons, And Violence Prevention


Abortion is never an easy choice to make. But trying to make it illegal and ban it by law would be the same as making alcohol illegal. People would still do it, only now they are criminals. If a 10 year old girl or an 18 year old woman is raped, that 10 year old child, that girl, teen or even an adult woman should have the right to have an abortion.

Extremist literalists believe that even in case of incest or rape, if a girl, teen or woman becomes pregnant, they should be FORCED to have that baby and to be happy about it, seeing that child as a ‘gift’. Why do poor women seek out abortion services, and what happens, now that federal law no longer allows federal funds to be used for this purpose? Insurance no longer covers abortion either thanks to Republicans passing that law..

Read about one families difficult choice to have an abortion after 20 weeks in Texas, despite being married and having other kids.. 

Why Abortion?


In a country like Paraguay, where abortions are allowed only if the life of the mother is in danger, a 10 year old girl is being forced to have the baby of her stepfather. This situation is rather common in countries like this, and results in a huge homeless children population, as girls like this and their offspring are abandoned or thrown out on the street. 

Group presses Paraguay to allow abortion for raped girl, 10

Paraguayan 10 Year Old Raped By Stepfather Denied Abortion

Lawsuit: 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome repeatedly raped, beaten on school bus

Would it be ok with Santorum to force this 8 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome to be forced to have a baby?


Contains graphic information that may be upsetting.
Every year, 300,000 Americans are the victims of rape and sexual assault. Last year, three of them were my classmates. My name is Danielle, and I’m a 16-year-old student in Oklahoma. Last fall my high school got famous after three girls were sexually assaulted by the same popular classmate, and then bullied out of school by our peers when they reported the crimes. I was shocked, not just that my friends and classmates participated in the bullying, but that the school administration did nothing to stop it. 
In response, I helped to form an organization called Yes All Daughters. So far, we’ve successfully worked to ensure that the rapist was held accountable for his crimes, and lobbied our state government to pass a law requiring sexual assault prevention classes for all students and faculty in the state. But we can’t stop there. 
In the U.S., girls my age are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault, which is why educating kids about healthy relationships and the importance of consent is so crucial. The Teach Safe Relationships Act would teach kids my age how to spot abusive behavior, promote understanding of consent and sexual assault, and make sure we know where to turn for help if we need it. 
I wonder how things would have been different at my school if we had these programs, and if the tragedy that happened here could have been avoided. What I do know is that future tragedies can be prevented around the country if Congress passes this bill.

Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics.
Protect Our Kids; Pass the Teach Safe Relationships Act 
This bill has already been introduced in Congress, but without our united voices calling on our elected representatives to act, it will be easy for them to brush this issue under the rug. Together, we can make a difference. 
Thank you so much for standing with me. 
Danielle Brown
Norman, OK


Why are literalists not taking care of the homeless children that result from their dogma that all women should be forced to have children, even if they cannot afford them and lose their jobs and housing as a result of it? 

Housing The Homeless Children Challenge; Why Can’t They All Be Sheltered For $2.00 Per Day, Per Person?


Abortion In Kenya: The Battle Rages

There is a raging debate regarding abortion after statistics from a study by the Ministry of Health and African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) revealed that over 465,000 abortions were procured in Kenya in 2012 through clandestine and unsafe medical procedures. ….Secondly, the rapid rate of urbanization and the attendant erosion of the moral fabric of our traditional values have resulted in numerous social problems. The aping of foreign ideologies and the adoption of an economically superior but morally inferior western culture by our youth has resulted in many cases of teenage pregnancies. The inevitable consequence has been the birth of many unwanted children all over the country. Research has linked the presence of many neglected and homeless children in our urban centers to these problems. Moralists who are opposed to the legalization of abortion should demonstrate responsibility by establishing institutions to cater for these neglected and homeless children.


Would Santorum also counsel the victim to marry the rapist or incestious perpetrator? 
Would he advocate letting the rapist go free, because he gave a ‘gift’ to the girl or woman?

Would he be in favor of allowing priests to molest or rape girls and boys going to his church, because they have special needs as servants of God? 


Pope Francis Vs Catholic League On Gays, Abortion, Birth Control, Pedophile Priests

How is a priest innocent of pedophilia and a sexual crime if the child he violates is between 12 and 17 years old? These literalists have some really strange beliefs.. like rape is ok if the boy or girl is between 12 and 17, as long as the perp is a priest. 
Somehow, despite all of this rather ‘unique’ belief system, anti choice advocates are ready, willing and able to commit violence, including murder, to further the literalist belief system.. 


Wikipedia; “Anti-abortion violence is violence committed against individuals and organizations that provide abortion.[1] Incidents of violence have included destruction of property, in the form of vandalism; crimes against people, including kidnapping, stalking, assaultattempted murder, and murder; and crimes affecting both people and property, including arson and bombings.
Anti-abortion violence is most frequently committed in the United States, though it has also occurred in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. G. Davidson Smith of Canadian Security Intelligence Service defined anti-abortion violence as “single issue terrorism“.[2] A study of 1982–87 violence considered the incidents “limited political” or “subrevolutionary” terrorism.[3]

Definition and characteristics

Anti-abortion violence is a form of terrorism specifically visited upon people who or places which provide abortion. Incidents include vandalism, arson, and bombings of abortion clinics, such as those committed by Eric Rudolph, and murders or attempted murders of physicians and clinic staff, as committed by James Kopp, Paul Jennings Hill, Scott Roeder, Michael F. Griffin, and Peter James Knight.
Some of those opposed to abortion have sometimes resorted to very public demonstrations of violence in an effort to achieve their objective of curbing abortions. Those who engage in or support such actions defend the use of force—as justifiable homicide ordefense of others—in the interest of protecting the life of the fetus.[4]
David C. Nice, of the University of Georgia, describes support for anti-abortion violence as a political weapon against women’s rights, one that is associated with tolerance for violence toward women.[5]
Anti-abortion violence is recognized as a form of Christian terrorism.[6] Some supporters of such violence embrace this designation.[7]

By country

United States
In the U.S., violence directed towards abortion providers has killed at least eight people, including four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort;[8][9] 7 murders occurred in the 1990s.[10]
March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally shot during a protest. He had been the subject of wanted-style posters distributed by Operation Rescue in the summer of 1992. Michael F. Griffin was found guilty of Gunn’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison.[11]
July 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside another facility, the Ladies Center, in Pensacola. Rev. Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings. Hill received a death sentence and was executed on September 3, 2003. The clinic in Pensacola had been bombed before in 1984 and was also bombed subsequently in 2012.
December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in two clinic attacks in Brookline, Massachusetts. John Salvi was arrested and confessed to the killings. He died in prison and guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied around his head. Salvi had also confessed to a non-lethal attack in Norfolk, Virginia days before the Brookline killings.
January 29, 1998: Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic inBirmingham, Alabama, was killed when his workplace was bombed. Eric Robert Rudolph, who was also responsible for the 1996Centennial Olympic Park bombing, was charged with the crime and received two life sentences as a result.
October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot to death with a high-powered rifle at his home in Amherst, New York.[12] His was the last in a series of similar shootings against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all likely committed by James Kopp. Kopp was convicted of Slepian’s murder after being apprehended in France in 2001.
May 31, 2009: Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed by Scott Roeder as Tiller served as an usher at a church in Wichita, Kansas.[13]

Attempted murder, assault, and kidnapping

According to statistics gathered by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization of abortion providers, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, 13 wounded,[14] 100 butyric acid attacks, 373 physical invasions, 41 bombings, 655 anthrax threats,[15] and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers.[16] Between 1997 and 1990 77 death threats were made with 250 made between 1991 to 1999 .[14]Attempted murders in the U.S. included:[8][17][18] IN 1985 45% of clinics reported bomb threats, decreasing to 15% in 2000. One fifth of clinics in 2000 experienced some form of extreme activity. [19]
August 1982: Three men identifying as the Army of God kidnapped Hector Zevallos (a doctor and clinic owner) and his wife, Rosalee Jean, holding them for eight days.[20]
August 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller was shot outside of an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas. Shelley Shannon was charged with the crime and received an 11-year prison sentence (20 years were later added for arson and acid attacks on clinics).
July 29, 1994: June Barret was shot in the same attack which claimed the lives of James Barrett, her husband, and Dr. John Britton.
December 30, 1994: Five individuals were wounded in the shootings which killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
December 18, 1996: Dr. Calvin Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana was stabbed 15 times, losing 4 pints of blood. Donald Cooper was charged with second degree attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years. “Donald Cooper’s Day of Violence”, by Kara Lowentheil, Choice! Magazine, December 21, 2004.
October 28, 1997: Dr. David Gandell of Rochester, New York was injured by flying glass when a shot was fired through the window of his home.[21]
January 29, 1998: Emily Lyons, a nurse, was severely injured, and lost an eye, in the bombing which also killed off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson.

Arson, bombing, and property crime

According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents ofvandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid (“stink bombs“).[16] The New York Times also cites over one hundred clinic bombings and incidents of arson, over three hundred invasions, and over four hundred incidents of vandalism between 1978 and 1993.[22] The first clinic arson occurred in Oregon in March 1976 and the first bombing occurred in February 1978 in Ohio.[23] Incidents have included:
May 26, 1983: Joseph Grace set the Hillcrest clinic in Norfolk, Virginia ablaze. He was arrested while sleeping in his van a few blocks from the clinic when an alert patrol officer noticed the smell of kerosene.[24]
May 12, 1984: Two men entered a Birmingham, Alabama clinic shortly after a lone woman opened the doors at 7:45 am. Forcing their way into the clinic, one of the men threatened the woman if she tried to prevent the attack while the other, wielding a sledgehammer, did between $7,500 and $8,000 of damage to suction equipment. The man who damaged the equipment was later identified as Father Edward Markley. 
Father Markley is a Benedictine Monk who was the Birmingham diocesan “Coordinator for Pro-Life Activities”. Markley was convicted of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary. His accomplice has never been identified. Following the Birmingham incident, Markley entered the Women’s Community Health Center in Huntsville Alabama, assaulting at least three clinic workers. One of the workers, Kathryn Wood received back injuries and a broken neck vertebrae. Markley was convicted of first-degree criminal mischief and three counts of third-degree assault and harassment in the Huntsville attack.[25]
December 25, 1984: An abortion clinic and two physicians’ offices in Pensacola, Florida, were bombed in the early morning of Christmas Day by a quartet of young people (Matt Goldsby, Jimmy Simmons, Kathy Simmons, Kaye Wiggins) who later called the bombings “a gift to Jesus on his birthday.”[26][27][28] The clinic, the Ladies Center, would later be the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994 and a firebombing in 2012.
March 29, 1993: Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula, Montana; at around 1 a.m., an arsonist snuck onto the premises and firebombed the clinic. The perpetrator, a Washington man, was ultimately caught, convicted and imprisoned. The facility was a near-total loss, but all of the patients’ records, though damaged, survived the fire in metal file cabinets.[29][30][31]
May 21, 1998: Three people were injured when acid was poured at the entrances of five abortion clinics in Miami, Florida.[32]
October 1999: Martin Uphoff set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, causing US$100 worth of damage. He was later sentenced to 60 months in prison.[33]
May 28, 2000: An arson at a clinic in Concord, New Hampshire, resulted in several thousand dollars’ worth of damage. The case remains unsolved.[34][35][36] This was the second arson at the clinic.[37]
September 30, 2000: John Earl, a Catholic priest, drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic after learning that the FDA had approved the drug RU-486. He pulled out an ax before being forced to the ground by the owner of the building, who fired two warning shots from a shotgun.[38]
June 11, 2001: An unsolved bombing at a clinic in Tacoma, Washington, destroyed a wall, resulting in $6,000 in damages.[33][39]
July 4, 2005: A clinic Palm Beach, Florida, was the target of an arson. The case remains open.[33]
December 12, 2005: Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana. The device missed the building and no damage was caused. In August 2006, Hughes was sentenced to six years in prison, and Dunahoe to one year. Hughes claimed the bomb was a “memorial lamp” for an abortion she had had there.[40]
September 11, 2006 David McMenemy of Rochester Hills, Michigan, crashed his car into the Edgerton Women’s Care Center inDavenport, Iowa. He then doused the lobby in gasoline and started a fire. McMenemy committed these acts in the belief that the center was performing abortions; however, Edgerton is not an abortion clinic.[41] Time magazine listed the incident in a “Top 10 Inept Terrorist Plots” list.[42]
April 25, 2007: A package left at a women’s health clinic in Austin, Texas, contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death. A bomb squad detonated the device after evacuating the building. Paul Ross Evans (who had a criminal record for armed robbery and theft) was found guilty of the crime.[43]
May 9, 2007: An unidentified person deliberately set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[44]
December 6, 2007: Chad Altman and Sergio Baca were arrested for the arson of Dr. Curtis Boyd’s clinic in Albuquerque. Baca’s girlfriend had scheduled an appointment for an abortion at the clinic.[45][46]
January 22, 2009 Matthew L. Derosia, 32, who was reported to have had a history of mental illness[47] rammed an SUV into the front entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota.[48]
January 1, 2012 Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, firebombed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida, with a Molotov cocktail; the fire gutted the building. Rogers told investigators that he was motivated to commit the crime by his opposition to abortion, and that what more directly prompted the act was seeing a patient enter the clinic during one of the frequent anti-abortion protests there. The clinic had previously been bombed at Christmas in 1984 and was the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994.[49]
April 1, 2012 A bomb exploded on the windowsill of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, resulting in a fire that damaged one of the clinic’s examination rooms. No injuries were reported.
April 11, 2013 A Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, was vandalized with an axe.[50]

Anthrax threats

The first hoax letters claiming to contain anthrax were mailed to U.S. clinics in October 1998, a few days after the Slepian shooting; since then, there have been 655 such bioterror threats made against abortion providers. None of the “anthrax” in these cases was real.[17][51]
November 2001: After the genuine 2001 anthrax attacks, Clayton Waagner mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics. On December 3, 2003, Waagner was convicted of 51 charges relating to the anthrax scare.


July 16, 2001: Steven Rogers, a security guard at a clinic in Melbourne, Australia was shot in the chest and killed by Peter James Knight. Knight brought ropes and gags into the clinic along with 16 litres of kerosene, intending to burn all 15 staff and 26 patients to death.[52][53] Knight was charged and was sentenced to life in prison on November 19, 2002.[54]
January 6, 2009: A firebombing using Molotov cocktails was attempted at a medical clinic in Mosman Park, Western Australia. Faulty construction of the bombs limited damage to a single external burnt area, though if successful damage would have been severe. It is believed that the individuals who made the attack were responsible for graffiti “baby killers” on the site, indicating an anti-abortion reason for the attack. The site turned out to in fact not be an abortion clinic, though the attackers most likely were not aware of this.[55]


Attempted murder

Violence has also occurred in Canada, where three doctors have been attacked to date. There is speculation that the timing of the shootings is related to the Canadian observance of Remembrance Day. The physicians were part of a pattern of attacks, which targeted providers in Canada and upstate New York, including Dr. Barnett Slepian. All victims were shot, or shot at, in their homes with a rifle, at dusk or in the morning, in late October or early November.
A joint Canadian-F.B.I. task force investigating the shootings was not formed until December 1997—three years after the first attack. A task force coordinator, Inspector David Bowen of the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police, complained that the Canadian Government was not adequately financing the investigation. 
Inspector Bowen said the task force, largely financed by the communities where the shootings occurred, has “operated on a shoestring” with a budget of $100,000. He said he requested more funds in July that would raise its budget to $250,000. Federal officials rejected the request on Oct 15, a week before Dr. Slepian was killed. Inspector Bowen said that there hadn’t been funding to follow up potential leads.[12]
James Kopp, an American citizen and resident was charged with the murder of Dr. Slepian and the attempted murder of Dr. Short; he is suspected of having committed the other shootings as well.[17][18]
November 8, 1994: In 1994, a sniper fired two bullets into the home of Dr. Garson Romalis, 57, of Vancouver, British Columbiawho was eating breakfast. One hit his thigh, destroyed some of his muscles, broke his femur and damaged his femoral artery. 
Dr. Romalis saved his own life by using his bathrobe belt as a tourniquet. Dr. Romalis still performs abortions and has become more outspoken about abortion rights since he was shot, citing the harm done to women by illegal abortion and the thousands of cases of septic abortion that came to his hospital in residency.[12][56]
November 10, 1995: Dr. Hugh Short, 62, of Ancaster, Ontario was shot. A sniper’s bullet fired into his home shattered his elbow and ended his surgical career. Dr. Short was not a high-profile target: it was not widely known that he did abortions.[12]
November 11, 1997: Dr. Jack Fainman, 66, of Winnipeg, Manitoba was shot. A gunman fired through the back window of Fainman’s riverbank home in Winnipeg about 9 pm and struck him in the right shoulder, inches from his heart. The police would not comment on whether Dr. Fainman, who has declined interview requests since the attack, is still performing abortions.[12]
July 11, 2000: Dr. Romalis was stabbed by an unidentified assailant in the lobby of his clinic.[56]

Bombing and property damage

February 25, 1990: Two men broke into a clinic in Vancouver and destroyed $C30,000 worth of medical equipment with crowbars.[57]
May 18, 1992: A Toronto clinic operated by Henry Morgentaler was firebombed, causing the entire front wall of the building to collapse.[58] The Morgentaler Clinic on Harbord Street in Toronto was firebombed during the night by two people (caught on security camera) using gasoline and a firework to set off the explosion.[59] 
The next day, clinic management announced that the firebombing failed to prevent any abortions, since all scheduled abortions were carried out in alternative locations. A portion of the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, next door, was damaged. No one was hurt but the building had to be demolished. 
On the day after the firebombing, Morgentaler came to inspect the damage and a crowd of abortion-rights supporters appeared at the clinic with signs that read, “Just Say No to Bombs.” As a result of the arson, the Ontario government decided to spend $420,000 on improved security for abortion clinics. 
At the time, all four free-standing clinics in Ontario were in Toronto. The government wanted to gather information about activities by anti-abortion sympathizers; at the time, law enforcement agencies in Canada did not collect statistics about harassment and violence against abortion providers, their clinics, or their clients.[59]

New Zealand

In the late 1990s, Graeme White was found guilty and sent to prison for tunneling into an abortion clinic[60][61] with what the police described as “incendiary devices”.[62]

Violence by Army of God

Main article: Army of God
The Army of God, an underground terrorist organization active in the United States, has been responsible for a substantial amount of anti-abortion violence. In addition to numerous property crimes, the group has committed acts of kidnapping, attempted murder, and murder. In August 1982, three men identifying as the Army of God kidnapped Hector Zevallos (a doctor and clinic owner) and his wife, Rosalee Jean, holding them for eight days.[20] 
In 1993, Shelly Shannon, a very active member of the Army of God, was found guilty of the attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller.[63] That same year, law enforcement officials found the Army of God Manual, a tactical guide to arson, chemical attacks, invasions, and bombings buried in Shelly Shannon’s backyard.[20] Paul Jennings Hill was found guilty of the murder of both Dr. John Britton and clinic escort James Barrett. 
The Army of God supported Hill, saying that “whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child… if in fact Paul Hill did kill or wound abortionist John Britton, and accomplices James Barrett and Mrs. Barrett, his actions are morally justified if they were necessary for the purpose of defending innocent human life”.[17] The AOG claimed responsibility for Eric Robert Rudolph‘s 1997 shrapnel bombing of abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham.[64]

Physician “wanted” posters

In the late 1990s, an organization called American Coalition of Life Activists (ACLA) was accused of implicitly advocating violence by its publication on its “Nuremberg Files” website of wanted-style posters, which featured a photograph of a physician who performed abortions along with a monetary reward for any information that would lead to his “arrest, conviction, and revocation of license to practice medicine”.[65] 
The ACLA’s website described these physicians as war criminals[66] and accused them of committing “crimes against humanity“. The web site also published names, home addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information regarding abortion providers—highlighting the names of those who had been wounded and striking out those of who had been killed. Dr. George Tiller’s name was included on this list along with many others. 
The site was accused of being a thinly-veiled hit listintended to incite violence; others claimed that it was protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.[67] In 2002, after a prolonged debate, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “posters” constituted an illegal threat.[68]


The American Life League issued a “Pro-life Proclamation Against Violence” in 2006.[69][better source needed] Other anti-abortion groups to state their opposition to violence include the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and Pro-Lifers Against Clinic Violence. The anti-abortionorganization National Coalition for Life and Peace has also rejected violence as a form of opposition to abortion.[70]
Many anti-abortion organizations—including Family Research Council, Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America,Susan B. Anthony List, American Life League, Students for Life of America, Pro-Life Action League and 40 Days For Life—issued statements condemning the 2009 murder of Kansas late-term abortion doctor George Tiller.[71][72]
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry neither condemned nor condoned anti-abortion violence, but he did lead public prayers that an abortion provider would “[convert] to God” or that “calamity [would] strike him”.[73] Terry added that he hoped the “baby killer would be tried and executed for crimes against humanity”.[73] The doctor targeted by Terry’s prayers said to the press, “He’s clearly inciting someone, anyone, to kill me.”[73]
While still rejecting anti-abortion violence, a few anti-abortion leaders have tempered their condemnation of anti-abortion violence by suggesting that the harm created by crimes against property is small in comparison to the harm of abortion. Joseph Scheidlerobserved that “for the sake of proper perspective” he wanted to note that “no amount of damage to real estate can equal the violence of taking a single human life” through abortion.[74] The Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue, accused “those in the abortion-providing industry” of committing most of the violence in an attempt to discredit the antiabortion movement. He defended his organization’s use of inflammatory, violent rhetoric, saying: “This whole thing isn’t about violence. It’s all about silence – silencing the Christian message. That’s what they want.” He also stated, “They screech and scream about us crying fire in a crowded theater. And I agree it is wrong, unless there is a fire. If there’s a fire in that theater, we better call it that. Our inflammatory rhetoric is only revealing a far more inflammatory truth.”[75]

Abortion rights supporters’ reactions

Organizations that support abortion rights have responded to anti-abortion violence by lobbying to protect access to abortion clinics. The National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation collect statistics on incidents of anti-abortion violence. TheFreedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act was passed in 1994 to protect reproductive health service facilities and their staff and patients from violent threats, assault, vandalism, and blockade.[76] State, provincial, and local governments have also passed similar laws designed to afford legal protection of access to abortion in the United States and Canada.

Anti-abortion violence in popular culture

The Fourth Procedure, a 1995 novel by Stanley Pottinger, is a medical thriller and murder mystery that features anti-abortion violence in its plot. Two men responsible for the bombing of an abortion clinic turn up dead with baby dolls surgically implanted inside of them.[77]
Insomnia, by Stephen King, has much of the plot focusing around violent anti-abortion campaigners and their opposition to a pro-choice speech due to be held in their town. The group murders several women they believe to be seeking abortions and attempts to assassinate the speaker. They are motivated by a conspiracy theory that the speaker is part of a secret society that was a continuation of Herod‘s Massacre of the Innocents.
The highly controversial short story “Killing Babies”, by T. C. Boyle, was written in response to attacks on abortion providers. The story first appeared in The New Yorker and was included in The Best American Short Stories 1997.
Gideon’s Torch, a 1995 novel by Charles Colson and Ellen Santilli Vaughn, begins with the murder of a doctor who provides abortions and chronicles political fallout from the murder and a resulting government crackdown on right-to-lifers.[78]


Palindromes, a 2004 film directed by Todd Solondz, features the murder of an abortion doctor in his home, similar to the Barnett Slepian case.
In If These Walls Could Talk, a 1996 film directed by Nancy Savoca and Cher, the third time period involves the shooting of a doctor performing an abortion.


Dignity“, an episode of the crime drama Law & Order, was inspired by the killing of George Tiller and focused on the killing of an abortion provider by an activist. Pro-choice activists criticized the episode for making use of mainstream anti-abortion arguments. 
The National Organization for Women (NOW) listed the episode in their Media Hall of Shame, saying it “was loaded with anti-abortion sentiment and propaganda” and that it “outrageously implied that physicians like Dr. Tiller may be culpable in their own murders because they themselves are baby killers”.[79] 
Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists had condemned the killing of Tiller that inspired the episode, but praised the episode for being “outright pro-life”,[citation needed] with Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee saying, “[I]t occurred to me as I listened in utter astonishment that each of these observations could have been presented in a way that was artificial, forced, or (as so often is the case with network portraits of pro-lifers) something that you would expect from an idiot. None of that was the case. These were real flesh-and-blood people, not caricatures.”[80]
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit showed the possible motive of a murder as anti-abortion violence in the episode “Hammered”. The Nuremberg Files site is mentioned in the episode when detectives tell the doctor’s ex-husband about the murder. The abortion clinic they visit has bulletproof glass, because it had been the target of a sniper who shot and wounded a receptionist. When the detectives go to the clinic, they experience an egging of the clinic as they look into collecting several boxes of hate mail that the clinic received.
The first episode of the spy drama Spooks is about a fictional anti-abortion terrorist leader visiting the UK to establish a series of terror cells.
The Showtime Masters of Horror TV series episode “Pro-Life” tells the tale of a Christian man whose daughter is raped by a demon. When she tries to have her unnatural child aborted, her Christian father starts hearing messages from a voice he thinks is “God”. He and her brothers storm the abortion clinic and kill any in their way.
On The Sarah Silverman Program episode “Bored of the Rings”, a radical anti-abortion group attempts to bomb an abortion clinic, but are stopped by Sarah.


The song “Get Your Gunn” from Marilyn Manson‘s 1994 album Portrait of an American Family is about the killing of David Gunn.[81]
The song “Hello Birmingham” from the 1999 album To the Teeth by Ani DiFranco was written in response to the bombing inBirmingham, Alabama, as well as the murder of Dr. Slepian in Amherst, New York (near DiFranco’s hometown of Buffalo).[82]
The song “F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)” from Mudhoney‘s 1995 album My Brother the Cow tells a story about a Baptist minister rapist who refuses to pay for an abortion but will not support the child after it is born. It includes the repeated refrain, “Save the baby/Kill the doctor”.
The song “I Need a Grip” by Maggie Estep on her No More Mr. Nice Girl album is a response to anti-abortion violence.
The song “The Army of God” by hardcore punk band Behind Enemy Lines on their album “The Global Cannibal” deals with the acts of terrorism and murder performed on abortion clinics and their staff.
The song “I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good” by Contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter Steve Taylor.

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