Recently returning, and wanna start on a good note… I’m so happy that Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood has decided and taken action against the disgusting anti-abortion organization whom released false, fabricated and manipulated videos in a pathetic attempt to discredit and ‘take down’ the pro-choice movement, Planned Parenthood and abortion as well. They failed, and always will.
When your theory and belief is based on lies and falsifying information, you have no legit argument…Truth and love are on our side; we speak truth and from our heart; not to mention, we, the pro-choicers, are the ones who are truly pro-life, given we are the ones who consider life a serious, life altering event; as opposed to viewing it as simply being a pregnancy. [Read more about the lawsuit here or for those who are as nerdy as me, click here to read the filed complaint.
Though this isn’t as good news as the above (I’m so happy to see Planned Parenthood taking action against these liars!), it is still good… Let me explain.
Though it should be obvious, a recent poll has found that most American’s believe, as do I, those who are anti-choice and violent to be domestic terrorists. I think in this should also include verbal, emotional, mental and psychological abuse, threats and shouts the Anti-Abortion/Anti-Life are allowed to do not only online but in person, as women go in and out of these clinics; be it an abortion clinic or just one which assists others in reproductive heath care. This quote from the following link says it better than I ever could:
I do believe in freedom of speech; but abusive hate speech, harassment, verbal/emotional abuse being directed at women during a personal moment in their life is not a place these people should be allowed to come scream their lies and deceptive words; their hateful words, attempting to make women feel bad.
As I said, this is good news but not AS good and the reason it’s not AS good is because though most Americans may agree and understand that these people are dangerous or at best dangerous zealots, aka, domestic terrorists [and it’s worth noting that their attacks on Abortion clinics have risen since their falsified videos]. Again, yes, it’s good to see that most of American’s understand this.
But with Abortion Providers and clinics being under attack at a higher rate now, of course this means volunteer workers and staff workers too are in danger. If for no other reason the government should put some kind of ban up against these people from being in the same vicinity as abortion providers, clinics and anyone else involved. They’ve earned this ban with their attacks and murders, if you ask me.
Of course there are those anti’s who in the past have pretended to be pro-choice in order to get into clinics or other places they don’t belong (yet again utilizing their disgusting ability and seeming deep desire to trick others as well as deceive). But at least if the government took a stance and held these people responsible for their abusive and dangerous behavior, perhaps there would be a bit more peace -which is rightfully due to us as women and especially the kind and admirable staff and abortion providers, not to mention the abortion escorts…
Below is the article which talks of the Ultraviolet Domestic Terrorism Poll; especially why it matters that we acknowledge this! The link is at end.
Even before the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting last week, most Americans believed that attacks on abortion clinics should be considered domestic terrorism.
Ultraviolet Domestic Terrorism Poll shared exclusively with Vox asked respondents about the “attacks against Planned Parenthood clinics in five states, including arson, destruction of property, and firebombing” that had happened since July. The poll predates the Colorado shooting and was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) and commissioned by Ultraviolet, a women’s rights advocacy organization.
The survey found that 67 percent of Americans think those clinic attacks are domestic terrorism. More Democrats (77 percent) called the attacks domestic terrorism than either Republicans (54 percent) or independents (66 percent), but a majority of Republicans still said yes.
Why it matters if we call abortion clinic violence domestic terrorism
When the poll was conducted, the country was already experiencing a surge of increased violence and threats against abortion providers, following the release of doctored videos accusing Planned Parenthood of “selling baby parts.”
“I do think the frequency in this short period of time has raised people’s consciousness about the severity of the threat,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of Ultraviolet.
But abortion providers and clinics have been under siege for longer than that. Since 1976, there have been more than 200 arsons and bombings at clinics, 11 murders of abortion providers, and 26 attempted murders, according to the National Abortion Federation.
Pro-choice advocates have always seen these attacks as a form of domestic terrorism. They say it meets the FBI’s definition to the letter: dangerous, illegal acts that “intimidate or coerce a civilian population.”
That’s why, two days before the Colorado Springs shooting, NARAL Pro-Choice America petitioned the Obama administration to have the Department of Justice categorize and investigate these kinds of attacks as domestic terrorism.
“These actions are intended to scare women away from seeking an abortion. It fit the bill even before the awful, awful incident Friday in Colorado,” Sasha Bruce, NARAL’s senior vice president for campaigns and strategy, told Vox earlier this week.
“They know they’re terrorists, we know they’re terrorists,” David S. Cohen, a law professor at Drexel University and co-author of the book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, told Vox. “The worst of the worst, they know that’s what they’re doing. They’re brazen.”
Cohen pointed to Clayton Lee Waagner, who was convicted of sending fake anthrax letters to abortion providers and who said in court, “It’s been clearly demonstrated that I am the anti-abortion extremist, a terrorist to the abortion industry. There’s no question there that I terrorized these people any way I could.”
But too often, advocates say, the media and law enforcement don’t necessarily connect the dots with regard to attacks on abortion providers. The perpetrators may not all come from a single organized group, but they all share an extreme anti-abortion ideology and use the same tactics — arson, targeted vandalism, stalking doctors, shooting clinic workers. And some of them do come from organized groups, like Army of God or Operation Rescue.
How calling these attacks domestic terrorism could change things
Ultraviolet’s poll also asked whether the FBI should investigate attacks on abortion providers, and 79 percent of respondents said yes. The FBI already does investigate these attacks, but some advocates want the FBI and DOJ to investigate and prosecute them specifically as domestic terrorism.
This would help ensure that “the government is calling it what it is, and not letting these incidents seem like they’re isolated lone-gunman incidents,” Bruce said. She added that it would make use of the government’s resources and expertise on domestic terrorism, and ensure that terrorism charges could be added to other criminal charges. Thomas argued that having the DOJ investigate these incidents as domestic terrorism would “elevate the level of investigation” and help law enforcement agents see patterns in the attacks, especially across state lines.
There’s some concern that publicly labeling clinic attacks as terrorism could scare patients, but on balance advocates think patients would feel safer knowing that the government is taking these acts seriously and investigating the systematic links between them, rather than responding after the fact.
While pro-choice advocates are united in the opinion that these attacks are domestic terrorism, there isn’t a clear agreement on what should be done about it tactically. “The unit that specializes in the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, this is their expertise, they know what they’re doing,” Cohen, the Drexel law professor, said. National Abortion Federation president Vicki Saporta works closely with the DOJ to report threats and attacks, and she thinks it would be a bad idea to actually move these investigations into the domestic terrorism division and out of the FBI unit that currently specializes in investigating them.
“We have gotten attention from the civil rights division. The task force is there. They take the threats we’ve given them seriously; they conduct investigations,” Saporta told Slate. “That said, I think more needs to be done. But I don’t think that we necessarily want to go to another division where they’re not familiar with our issues and cases and where we wouldn’t get as high a priority in terms of investigations and would be competing for scarce resources with all the other kinds of domestic terrorism threats that might be prioritized.”
Cohen added that it’s more important for the media and society to see these attacks for what they are — and that includes public acknowledgement from the government: “It would be wonderful for [Attorney General] Loretta Lynch and others in the Department of Justice to come out on the record calling this terrorism.” He also said the government should “track” these attacks in the context of other domestic terrorism. “If the government is not thinking of this within the entire spectrum of terrorism, they may not see commonalities and overlaps with other terrorist organizations,” Cohen said.
This is the bottom line for pro-choice advocates: However they do it, the government needs to publicly acknowledge these attacks as domestic terrorism.
“The effort is to get them to say something definitively in a public way,” said Bruce. “Just knowing they are taking a serious look at these crimes over the summer as potential acts of domestic terrorism is what we want to hear from our government.”