From RH Reality Check comes the deeply disturbing news of a man who was arrested Wednesday and will face federal charges for intent to murder providers at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood.
Ralph Lang, 63, was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday. According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court Lang said he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”
The image at right, which I found via @ClinicEscort and which was uncovered by @ucc3llina, shows Lang participating in a
40 Days for Life protest outside a Madison, WI clinic. He is holding a sign that reads “Abortion stops a beating heart.” Lang told police he purchased his gun about two years ago after participating in a protest. Just in case you had any doubt about these actions inciting their most extreme, unstable participants to violence.
More of Lang’s frightening statement, from the Wisconsin State Journal:
Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.
Lang picked Thursday to target the clinic because he thought it was a day abortions were performed.
Lang has been arrested before for targeting Planned Parenthood – at that time he told an officer, “the bible states that anyone involved with abortion should be executed.” In his motel room, police found a map with hand drawn marks identifying “some abortion centers” and the words “Blessed Virgin Mary says Hell awaits any woman having an abortion. Nurse or doctor who helps with one.”
A pdf of the criminal complaint against Lang can be found here.
The Planned Parenthood is open again after taking the necessary security measures with FBI and police help.
Make no mistake, while there are plenty of well meaning people who call themselves pro-life, there’s nothing “pro-life” about the radical anti-choice movement. This movement repeatedly incites violence against providers. They are waging a war against those who try to peacefully offer legal, vital medical care.