The man charged with first degree murder of Dr. George Tiller has been sending out pamphlets justifying the murders of abortion doctors.
Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council
and grandson of Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement more
than eighty years ago, discusses the murder of Dr. George
Tiller and criticizes Right Wing talk shows, such as the O’Reilly Factor, for
providing a justification for Tiller’s murder. He writes that: those defending or excusing the murder of Dr. Tiller
adduce a perverse variation on the civil obedience argument of Gandhi and King
and Thoreau—murder for a higher principle. They press that principle further
to say that it was necessary to kill the doctor in order to save lives—the
lives of unborn children he might have aborted. This is to adapt the
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Greater Good justification (we dropped the bombs to end the
war to save American and Japanese lives, as many as a million and more) to the
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The heroic efforts of Dr. Tiller were scary—even to vehemently pro-choice people—precisely because he made it possible for women to take control over their lives.
So much for agreeing on the denunciation of violence against health care workers. A Republican Senator has put a hold on a Senate resolution condemning such violence because it mentions those scary words: “reproductive health.”
A disturbing implication of “abortion reduction” is that our society should more closely monitor women who want abortions and the reasons they want abortions.
On Saturday, June 6th, anti-choice extremists across the country
gathered around doctors’ offices, health centers, pharmacies and public
spaces to protest something that most American women have used or will
use at some point in their life, and a majority of Americans strongly
support: birth control.
Dr. George Tiller’s family will cease operation of his Wichita clinic.
Women, take off your shoes, get knocked up, and go back to the kitchen, ’cause Ross Douthat will tell us everything we need to know and the world will be a better place.