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.
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.
One of the last remaining providers of very late abortions in the country said it was an “outrage” the murder of Dr. George Tiller last week has led to his family’s decision to close the clinic he ran in Wichita, Kan.
Dr. George Tiller’s family will cease operation of his Wichita clinic.
Reproductive freedom is a civil right, like marriage rights and the rights of minorities, that cannot be left up state legislatures.
Scott Roeder threatens more anti-clinic violence; abortion providers gather at Tiller’s funeral; Washington Post profiles state-level abortion restrictions; Sotomayor submits questionnaire to Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dr. George Tiller was asked repeatedly by friends how he could continue his work in the face of the unending violence and legal harassment that he endured in the years leading up to his murder. His answer was always the same: “Where else can these women go?”