In a chilling collection of anecdotes, Rachel Maddow last night connected the dots between a handful of instances of threatened and parodied violence against Democratic, pro-health care reform legislators and the known tendency towards violence among the radical right in the United States.
Last night Rachel Maddow reported on the contacts Scott Roeder has had with other anti-choice extremists while in prison awaiting trial.
Cartoonist Barry Deustch, a contributor to Dollars & Sense and Alas, a Blog, addresses the moral culpability of virulent anti-choice bloviators for Dr. George Tiller’s murder.
PBS has produced an exceptional segment about violence and harassment targeting abortion providers, asking whether Dr. George Tiller’s killing was an act of domestic terrorism and what the effect of decades of violence has on women’s access to the procedure.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman is Facebook friends with a host of individuals who endorse violence against abortion clinics and providers.
In a resolution that passed 423 to 0, the House of
Representatives condemned the murder of my friend Dr. George Tiller. Now it is
the Senate’s turn.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Amy Klobuchar, and Barbara Boxer
have introduced a Senate version of the House’s resolution. They
need our help to convince their colleagues to sign on.
But these resolutions are just the beginning. Congress
has much more to do.
The feds will probably stop short of investigating Tiller’s murder as a terrorist attack. That designation would unleash vast federal powers to investigate large swathes of the radical anti-choice movement.
Rachel Maddow guest Frank Schaeffer says that while he doesn’t think that more extreme wings of the anti-choice movement collaborated with alleged killer Scott Roeder or knew he planned to murder Dr. George Tiller, anti-choice groups do know who commits vandalism against clinics, who glues the doors shut, who might plan to throw firebombs.
A new site provides resources for individuals to share their personal stories about abortion, donate and communicate with others in the reproductive health community.
Are laws like the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act enough to ensure that anti-clinic, anti-provider violence ends?