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The anti-choice (pro-crazy) group Operation Rescue purchased a Kansas building that housed a clinic–and then they evicted them.

The anti-abortion group has evicted the clinic and plans to renovate the building for use as its headquarters and a memorial display, said Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue spokeswoman.

The clinic was only one of two women’s health centers that provide abortions in Wichita.

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  • Qi

    Jessica, did you get my e-mail about the priest who compared Warren Buffett to a Nazi?

  • Ann

    This is actually a pretty common tactic for well-funded anti-abortion groups like Operation Rescue.
    The thing that just makes me so sad and angry about this is that the OR website (I won’t link to it) is full of photos and criticism about the physical condition of the property. One of the OR people says, “It must have been a very depressing experience to have had an abortion at such a dumpy office.”
    I’m so saddened because they’re partially right. Clinics in parts of the country like Kansas are barely hanging on financially, doing everything they can just to keep the doors open. It’s pretty hard to sink lots of money into brand-new examining tables and state-of-the-art equipment (not to mention stuff like wallpaper and carpeting) if you’re constantly fending off attacks from wealthy groups like OR. I want so much better for women who are seeking abortions and other repro health services, and I know the clinic staff does, too. The sad truth is that these clinics are a hell of a lot nicer than the places women will have to go if groups like OR succeed in outlawing abortion again.
    It just enrages me that Operation Rescue has the audacity to portray abortion providers as both dirty, back-alley butchers in run-down buildings… at the same time they claim these doctors are getting wealthy from their abortion “business.” The contradiction is infuriating.

  • Ann

    Our pal Katha Pollitt was all over the eviction issue back in 2000, when the anti’s tried to oust Dr. Leroy Carhart (the plaintiff in Stenberg v. Carhart, the case against Nebraska’s “partial-birth” abortion ban).

  • Jessica

    i guess i’m behind the times, then!
    and no…i didn’t get your email. curious.

  • noname

    At least they aren’t murderring doctors or intimidating teenage girls, ect. To tell the truth, this is one of the least objectionable pro-life tactics I have heard of in awhile.

  • Zed

    Where does OR get sufficient funds for this? Can it be replicated in the opposite direction?

  • Qi

    and no…i didn’t get your email. curious.
    Hmm, perhaps it was filtered out as junk. I sent it to contact@feministing and jessica@feministing.
    The article is here…;_ylt=AgSrsAlXVlIH7bTu.6WSO.xeW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTA0cDJlYmhvBHNlYwM
    “Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, a Roman Catholic priest” who is “president of Human Life International” is quoted as comparing Warren Buffett to a Nazi death camp doctor for his donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, which “devotes the vast majority of its funding to combating disease and poverty in developing countries”. Rev. Euteneuer’s objection is that one of the beneficiaries of the B&MG Foundation is Planned Parenthood, even though “less than 1 percent has gone to Planned Parenthood… [and] the foundation does not fund abortion services.” Rev Eutener apparently still objects because the Foundation supports “global family-planning and population control programs” and supporting these things lets groups like PP “free up more money for abortion”, and therefore Warren Buffett is morally equivalent to a Nazi Death camp doctor (as if the Catholic Church has any authority to be making that charge in the first place, considering its own history).
    As I mentioned in the email, I find this particularly funny because whenever progressives mention alleviating poverty as one of many possible social goals, conservatives always try and cast it off as a matter of private charity. Well here is the prime example of private charity and it’s still not good enough. As it turns out, the B&M Gates Foundations gives as much money for “lifesaving health care products and technology for the poorest parts of the world” as USAID or the World Health Organization (UN). With the Buffett donation more than doubling its endowment of $29 billion with another $44 billion, it will probably be bigger in the life-saving business than USAID and the UN WHO combined. Yet it is still a ‘Nazi’ organization because less than 1 percent of its money goes to ‘family planning’ (which also works to stop lethal STDs such as AIDS, which is why the Foundation was mentioned in a recent 3-hour PBS Frontline special as stepping in to provide family planning education in countries such as India where the Bush administration refused). This is no rogue priest either, the guy is “President of Human Life International” which claims to be “the world’s largest pro-life organization” and has apparently been secretary to a bishop.
    Really… if the Catholic Church sitting in the majestic St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome had its way, the poor of developing countries would just breed and breed more babies, only to be decimated by disease and hunger later on.
    It’s a carnival of absurdities.

  • prairielily

    “Some of the wealthiest men in the world descend like avenging angels on the populations of the developing world,” wrote Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher, a frequent critic of Gates and Buffett. “They seek to decimate their numbers, to foist upon vulnerable people abortion, sterilization and contraception.”
    So if providing people with options is foisting, what exactly is taking away all their options? Hypocrites.

  • Qi

    I hope my long post didn’t shut down this thread. It’s not really the topic, the reason I posted it is b/c I dont know what could be wrong with the email.