Bomb planted at WI Planned Parenthood

“Pro-life” indeed. WTAQ in Wisconsin reports:

Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  The explosion started a  fire that quickly burned itself out. The fire and explosion caused a small amount of damage to the building.

Let’s call this what it is: domestic terrorism. Let’s call it what it is: part of a years-long, co-ordinated, national effort to make a legal procedure inaccessible by ensuring that all those who seek and provide it must risk their lives to do so. Let’s call this what it is: totally fucking horrifying and totally fucking unacceptable.

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  • John

    To quote Harry Seldon, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” That’s what we’re up against.

    • Miriam

      I am so happy you used this reference.

      • Sam Lindsay-Levine

        +5 points for Foundation reference; -1 point for misspelling “Hari”; -1 point for misattributing Salvor Hardin’s quote ;)

  • Kalen T

    Just a thought to keep in mind at the risk of alienating folks who are politically pro-choice but personally pro-life (I think of my mother when I write this), a number of folk I would also think would be equally appalled at this act of domestic terrorism as the most ardent pro-choice women. In the conversations I’ve been hearing of late, we usually talk about ’Pro-Lifers’ as a blanket group, almost cookie-cutter-like. I’d be wary of treating the extreme/fringe as the *only* voice (even if it is the voice that is easiest to detest, disagree with, and debunk).

    I could be absolutely wrong about this, but is it beyond reason to think that there are more moderate, sane pro-life voices which do hold consistent in their values by promoting such things as secured, paid maternity leave, affordable daycare services, greater access to maternal and pre-natal healthcare services, etc.? And if it is beyond reason, why is that and why is there a clear absence of such voices? Even as a 20-something raging liberal pro-choice woman, I’d like to see more of these voices in the conversation without them being dominated and silenced by extremists.

    • Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

      To be “politically pro-choice” as you put it, to acknowledge the autonomy and choices of others even if they wouldn’t be your own, IS simply “pro-choice”. Even if the pro-choice person in question would not choose an abortion for themselves, they recognize that as a choice, and don’t seek to impose upon or restrict the choices of anybody else.

      The “pro-life” movement, as they identify themselves (I have other names for them, but I digress) are anti-choice in that they don’t see their own desire to not have an abortion as a personal decision, they see it as the sole paradigm that must be applied to all women, whether they like it or not. Their way is the only way. “Pro-life” is just a softer, friendlier name for their movement. I don’t how there could be a moderate, sane way to interfere with the will of another person by restricting what they can or can’t do with their body.

  • Alison

    This is so horrifying, and it makes me quite sad and frustrated to know that it will likely only be properly labeled as terrorism on feminist/progressive blogs. The media seems totally unwilling to use the word regarding anti-choice violence…even though it’s so apt.

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  • conflicted

    I don’t think it’s even necessary to use the word “domestic.” Terrorism within national borders has long been called just that (e.g. in Ireland, Spain). “Domestic” makes it sound somehow less serious (and maybe even has gendered connotations?!).

  • Emily

    Hi all – since no one knows who did this, we might not want to blame a “Pro-life” activist just yet. In Fall of 2010, a brick was thrown through a congressman’s office – Congressman Russ Carnahan. Everyone immediately said it must be the GOP opponents supporters, but it turned out to be someone that worked for Carnahan who felt he was not justly paid.

    The same may have happened here….. we don’t know yet

  • mock57

    People are entitled to their opinions, but where’s the logic in this kind of an action? If the criminal(s) behind this attack had succeeded in burning down this clinic and killing all the doctors, nurses, and patients inside how many babies wouldn’t be born as a result?

    This is such an in-effective way to get your point across. All it does is force most people who are still on the fence about the issue to look at the pro-lifers as members of a radical group no matter if it was just someone acting alone. No one could ever bomb enough buildings or picket enough sidewalks to win a battle against personal freedoms in America. If someone wants to stop abortions then they should do it the only effective way, and that’s increasing sexual education and contraceptive use.