The New York Times’ coverage of Pouillon’s murder obfuscates police reports that abortion was not a central factor, romanticizes anti-choice protesters, and ignores the history of anti-choice violence.
While the full range of motives for two killings and one additional intended murder thwarted by police in Owosso, Michigan last week remain unclear, Randall Terry, who now leads a group he is calling Operation Rescue Insurrecta Nex (see Right-Wing Watch), is planning a press conference to declare James Pouillon a “martyr,” and several newspapers and blogs are shaping the story as a “pro-” versus “anti-” choice murder case, without much attention to the other man killed or his intended third victim.
President Obama released a one sentence statement on Sunday on the shootings in Owosso, Michigan. One of the two men killed was a longtime anti-choice advocate.
Harlan Drake, the man who killed anti-choice advocate James Pouillon and gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss in Owosso, Michigan this week attempted suicide while in jail awaiting arraignment, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Anti-abortion activist James Pouillon was shot and killed today. No motive has been determined at this time but RH Reality Check deplores the use of violence as a tool in the debates over women’s rights and health and our best wishes for healing go out to Mr. Pouillon’s family.
The Flint Journal is reporting that well known Owosso-based anti-abortion activist James Pouillion, 63, has been shot to death in front of Owosso High School. The shooting happened at approximately 7:30 a.m.