Roundup: Anti-Choicers’ Callous Disregard for Children


Those that do clinic defense work know that abortion
protesters, who sometimes bring children with them, often seem to care more for
what’s in other women’s bodies than the needs of actual children. The new clinic in Massachusetts, located close to a school, is no exception.  It’s day one at the new health care clinic in
Brookline, Massachusetts and the anti-abortion
protesters show up with gruesome signs
.

When he walked his child to preschool
this morning, Brookline
resident David Gray passed past several antiabortion protesters on Harvard
Street who had signs with photos of fetuses and one
that said "Thou Shall not Kill."

So after Gray left his child at school
for the day, he walked up to the demonstrators and asked that they refrain from
holding up signs with graphic images that could scare young children.

"I asked them if they are going to
be out here to think about the children who go to school here every day, and
think about the pictures they show," Gray said.

But Gray and dozens of other parents
who can be seen walking hand-in-hand with their children on the way to school
in Brookline Village
every morning may have to get used to the sight of antiabortion demonstrations.

Protesters said they plan to be outside
111 Harvard St.
every day now that Women’s Health Services, a clinic that provides abortions,
has relocated there after 17 years in Chestnut Hill. The clinic opened in the
new location Tuesday morning.

It’s interesting that the local businesses and a few
neighbors are upset that the clinic draws protesters, but they blame the clinic
and not the protesters
.

Standing outside her preschool and
watching protesters Tuesday morning, Ina Brother, executive director of the
Little Corner Schoolhouse at 110
Harvard St., said it seemed as people were walking
past the demonstrators without paying them any attention.

But Brother said she believes the
clinic should have moved to a different location.
"It’s the wrong place," she said. "Look at all of the children
walking to school."

Of course the anti-abortion protesters don’t care about the
children they
see walking past them.

"We’re not going to go away,” said
Rita Russo of Norwood, who stood outside the clinic with a poster of Jesus
draped around her neck yesterday. "It would be invisible if we weren’t here. We
don’t want it to be invisible.”

Speaking of not caring who they hurt, Scott Roeder, recently convicted of the murder of
Dr. George Tiller says
he has no regrets.

In his first public comments since his trial for
the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Scott Roeder also criticized those who sought
to keep the issue of abortion out of the proceedings altogether, saying it was
like asserting that the trial for abolitionist John Brown was not about
slavery.

"My beliefs were that the lives of unborn
children were being taken by abortion," Roeder said in the video posted on
YouTube Monday. "How you can keep that out of the trial is beyond me,
because that was the one entire motive for the action that was taken."

His 10-minute conversation with abortion opponent
Dave Leach is the first in a series recorded last week that will be posted
online with Roeder’s blessing, Leach told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Charmingly Roeder also compared Tiller’s family to being the same as the wife of mobster "hit man."

In other news: In
Iowa Republicans failed to force a vote to move
a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage out of committee.
And in
Ireland, American Evangelical abstinence programs are trying
to find a foothold.

 

February 10, 2010

Abortion
doctor’s killer says he has no regrets
Associated Press

ACLU
accuses Fresno College prof. of anti-gay preaching in class
Examiner.com

Antiabortion
demonstrators picket Brookline clinic opening
Boston Globe

Age
no contraceptive, women warned
Associated Press

More
tolerance for gay troops as end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is debated

Washington Post

Wake
Commissioners to Debate Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
Lincoln Tribune

Anne
Hathaway quits Catholicism for gay brother
USA Today

Abortion
bill to close legal loophole passes in Utah House
Fox13

Is
abstinence-based sex education the best choice for our teens?
Irish Times

Abortion
debate stalls funds
Montreal Gazette

Abstinence
should be first — but not only — sex education option
Chicago Sun-Times

Iowa
lawmakers fail in effort on gay marriage ban
Chicago Tribune

Kill
or jail gays but not pastors: Church of Uganda
USA Today

Accused murderer reported abortion Durham
News

February 9, 2010
Maternal Death Rate Lowest in
Abortion Free Ireland
 Live
Action Blog

Focus on the
Family’s Super Bowl Ad Violence
 Huffington
Post
Pro-Abortion License Plates Unpopular as Virginia
Legislature Considers One
 Life
News
Atlanta Billboards Educate Motorists
on How Abortion Targets Black Americans
 Life News
Anti-Abortion Activist Murder Trial
Will Stay in Shiawassee County
 AP
Republicans Skeptical of Obama Summit
for Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill
 Life News
Defense Dept. reflects Obama’s view on abortion One News
Now
Ohio House speaker denies girl
spotlight for anti-abortion group’s award
 Columbus
Dispatch
Hillary Clinton’s adoption home no
more
 World Mag
State to provide benefits for gay
man’s adopted son
 Miami Herald
Bill addresses Indiana adoption
laws
 South Bend Tribune
Birth controll pill causes uproar
before US debut
 News Record
Teens and Women on the Pill Risk Breast Cancer,
Ground-Breaking Study Says
 PR
Urgent
BPA affects male rat fertility for
generations
 Environmental Health News
Calif. officials: Birth defect rate
in farming town near waste dump appears normal
 AP
Marijuana Research Offers New Hope
For Male Birth Control Pill
 PopSci
Moms Weigh In On Abstinence
Education
 NPR

February 8, 2010
Feds admit wrongly tracking Wis.
abortion groups
 Washington Post
More Than 50 Hoosiers Involved In Birth Control Lawsuits 6News
Older mothers’ kids have higher
autism risk, study finds
 CNN

 

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  • colleen

    In his first public comments since his trial for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Scott Roeder also criticized those who sought to keep the issue of abortion out of the proceedings altogether,

    Scott Roeder has just been convicted of first degree murder. He does not regret his actions and says he would murder again given the opportunity He and his associates are being investigated by the feds. His associates are threatening more acts of political terrorism. Given these facts, why is the state of Kansas allowing him a podium?

    The only difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8,000 miles.

    Dr Warren Hern, MD

  • moonchild02

    Puh-leez. That abortion clinic moved there just so parents would get angry at the pro-life protesters. If the pro-lifers are out there protesting, it means they DO care about children, because the people inside that clinic are KILLING children. It’s time that everyone knew the truth about what goes on in those clinics. Seriously, if you found out that the KKK moved in next to that preschool, wouldn’t you protest outside of it, with pictures of the injustices they’ve caused, to let people know?

    BTW, pro-lifers are about respect for life from conception until natural death. Roeder is not one of us. So please refrain from lumping us all in with trash like him. Tiller deserved to be behind bars for his many cases of malpractice, not 6 feet under.

  • prochoiceferret

    Puh-leez. That abortion clinic moved there just so parents would get angry at the pro-life protesters.

    Actually, they didn’t. They moved there because they could no longer afford the rent in Chestnut Hill.

    If the pro-lifers are out there protesting, it means they DO care about children, because the people inside that clinic are KILLING children.

    Actually, people inside the clinic do not kill children. If they did, they would be liable for murder. Fetuses are not children, after all, nor are they infants. I understand how you may have been confused, however.

    It’s time that everyone knew the truth about what goes on in those clinics.

    They offer reproductive health services, like Pap smears, pelvic exams, contraception prescriptions, abortions, etc. What’s the big deal? Do pelvic exams turn you on or something?

    Seriously, if you found out that the KKK moved in next to that preschool, wouldn’t you protest outside of it, with pictures of the injustices they’ve caused, to let people know?

    Why would I do that? People already know the wrongs that the KKK has committed, which is why it’s very unlikely that they would have been able to rent near a preschool in the first place. And even if neither were the case, I wouldn’t show photos of grisly lynchings, let alone where youngsters can see them! That would be callous and moronic!

    BTW, pro-lifers are about respect for life from conception until natural death.

    With a prominent gap for women while they are pregnant, because they/you seem to have no problem forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies to term against their will.

    Roeder is not one of us. So please refrain from lumping us all in with trash like him.

    What about all the anti-abortion luminaries that have visited him in jail, and celebrated his "bravery?"

    Tiller deserved to be behind bars for his many cases of malpractice, not 6 feet under.

    What cases of malpractice? The ones that grand juries spurred by anti-abortion activists repeatedly found no evidence for?

  • paul-bradford

    It’s day one at the new health care clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts and the anti-abortion protesters show up with gruesome signs.

     

    It would take about fifteen or twenty minutes to walk from the new clinic in Brookline to the well established Planned Parenthood center on Commonwealth Avenue.  PP has been providing abortion services for years and I’ve never seen any protesters there.

     

    On Commonwealth Avenue, instead of attracting the attention of small children, they would be noticed by the students at Boston University, which is nearby.  Protesters aren’t asking for my advice, but I can’t help but think they would rather share their message with BU girls (who are known to let boys get past third base) than kindergarten kids.

     

    Paul Bradford

    Pro-Life Catholics for Choice