When members of the Abortion Care Network learned that NBC’s Law and Order would do a “ripped from the headlines” episode on the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, many of us were upset. Now that we have seen it, we are furious.
Harlan J. Drake, 33, of Owosso has been charged with two counts of first-degree, premeditated murder in Friday’s slaying of an anti-abortion activist in Owosso and an Owosso Township gravel pit owner. The killings, and a third planned by Drake but thwarted by his arrest, were not related to any political agenda.
Pro-choice groups mobilizing to protect clinic and calling on Attorney General to restore federal marshal protection to providers of abortion care now under attack by extremist groups.
Despite mounting threats to his clinic–and potentially his life–by
extremists with links to the murderer of Kansas Dr. George
Tiller, the DOJ has removed federal marshals that were protecting Nebraska Dr. Leroy Carhart.
Dr. George Tiller leaves a legacy of courage, tenacity and an abiding dedication to women’s rights. Many of those touched by him continue to mourn his death.
Why is the man who murdered Dr. Tiller being allowed to give interviews from jail?
There can be no common ground unless all parties are truly safe. The pro-life movement must reject violent acts and violent messaging and the Obama administration must be more proactive in addressing violence against clinic workers.
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The real moral challenge we face is how to ensure access to the means to prevent unintended pregnancies – specifically comprehensive sexuality education, universal access to contraceptive services, including emergency contraception, and education and employment opportunities for young women.
The rhetoric of violence, in the wake of Dr. Tiller’s murder, must be examined and called out. Labels used by groups on both sides of the abortion debate contribute to a culture of violence by dehumanizing and demonizing those who disagree.