Access to reproductive health clinics may become a lot harder this month because yesterday began the annual anti-choice campaign “40 Days for Life” — an intense harass-a-thon happening at clinics across the country.
Federal investigators have announced that they are looking into filing federal charges against Scott Roeder, the man who was recently convicted in Kansas for the murder of Dr. George Tiller.
Staff at a clinic in Charlotte, N.C., under attack from anti-choice “terrorists” work in conditions most would find unendurable. Why? They say: “We believe in what we do. And some of us came to work here after being patients here ourselves.”
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.
The Bush Administration rarely used the existing law to prevent and combat violence against clinics and providers of abortion and other reproductive health services.
In an extensive interview with the office manager “Jeffrey Peterson” of the Central Family Medicine Clinic in Kansas City, Rachel Maddow last night established that Roeder had repeatedly visited and vandalized that clinic — a federal crime under the FACE Act, that the FBI had been alerted to Roeder’s harassment of that clinic, and that the FBI did nothing about it.
Are laws like the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act enough to ensure that anti-clinic, anti-provider violence ends?