We knew this was coming.

Just a week after the Supreme Court’s abortion ban, serious threats are beginning to unfold for women’s clinics across the country.
On Wednesday, a bomb was found right outside of a women’s clinic in Austin, Texas. The good thing is that at least one culprit of the attempt was caught.
Reproductive rights organizations have been alerting abortion providers of potential acts of violence due to the decision:
“We know that when abortion is in the news, we also see clinics targeted for increased violence and disruption,” said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.
Like we haven’t had enough upset lately regarding choice. Sigh.

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  • ambidextrous amazon

    On a related note that’s putting the proverbial sand in my vag, here’s a link to a feministe article titled “Why is it that the media and the government never calls the “pro-lifeâ€? groups who plant bombs at women’s clinics what they are: terrorists?”
    http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2007/04/27/the-terrorism-that-dare-not-speak-its-name/

  • annajcook

    I find it tremendously irritating that people who claim to be “pro-life” are willing to resort to violence & even murder to advance their cause. I would respect a true pro-life, pacifist position much more, even if I ultimately disagreed.

  • MNObserver

    And of course, the anti-abortion crowd is shocked – Shocked! – that such things happen. They cluck and wring their hands, pretending that they have nothing to do with this one lone horrible person.
    Liars.

  • annajcook

    They need to read Absolute Convictions, Eyal Press’s book about anti-choice violence and how the mainstream anti-choice movement’s politics and rhetoric are intimately connected to clinic bombings and the murder of doctors.

  • tofutti

    You really have to question the mind of somebody who plants bombs outside of abortion clinics or guns down doctors while holding a sign that says “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart!!”
    I don’t see anything pro-life about it.

  • tofutti

    You really have to question the mind of somebody who plants bombs outside of abortion clinics or guns down doctors while holding a sign that says “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart!!”
    I don’t see anything pro-life about it.

  • http://feministstotherescue.blogspot.com FEMily!

    Pro-life indeed.

  • Frenchwoman

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