Posts Tagged anti-choice violence

Alabama’s admitting privileges law was struck down, but it’s still terrifying to be an abortion provider

On Monday, an Alabama district court blocked the admitting privileges law that would have closed three out of the state’s five abortion clinics. Coming right on the heels of the court smackdown of Mississippi’s similar law, the decision is another heartening blow to the anti-choice strategy of regulating clinics out of existence. The judge was crystal clear: “If this requirement would not, in the face of all the evidence in the record, constitute an impermissible undue burden, then almost no regulation, short of those imposing an outright prohibition on abortion, would.”

But, to play the feminist buzzkill role for a second, the case–in which the few abortion providers in Alabama testified behind black curtains to conceal ...

On Monday, an Alabama district court blocked the admitting privileges law that would have closed three out of the state’s five abortion clinics. Coming right on the heels of the court smackdown of 

Quick hit: When intimate partner violence and anti-choice violence collide

When a Washington State abortion clinic received a bomb threat earlier this year, they figured it was anti-choice violence, trying to shut the clinic down to stop people from having abortions. In fact, it was one man trying to stop one woman – his partner – from having an abortion. It was intimate partner violence on a public stage. In The Seattle Times, Mercedes Sanchez, communications and education director at the clinic, writes about the too-rarely-discussed connection between abusive relationships and pregnancy:

Pregnancy is often the focus of reproductive coercion. Abusers may see pregnancy as a way to further control a woman and to establish a lifetime connection. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one ...

When a Washington State abortion clinic received a bomb threat earlier this year, they figured it was anti-choice violence, trying to shut the clinic down to stop people from having abortions. In fact, it was one man ...

Assault rifle

Nothing says “pro-life” like an assault rifle

Do you think a fertilized egg is a human? Are you convinced abortion is murder? Support the righteous souls defending human dignity and the preciousness of life by purchasing an assault rifle.

Personhood Ohio needs some extra cash for a mass mailing to promote (you guessed it) a personhood amendment on the Ohio ballot, but its traditional fundraising tactics aren’t up to the task. Patrick Johnston, the organization’s director, is up for the challenge. Always willing to sacrifice for innocent clumps of cells, Johnston is selling his beloved guns and ammunition to bring in some cash for the campaign.

In a recent fundraising email, Johnston justified his decision to protect fetuses rather than fulfill his duty to shoot things.  RH ...

Do you think a fertilized egg is a human? Are you convinced abortion is murder? Support the righteous souls defending human dignity and the preciousness of life by purchasing an assault rifle.

Personhood Ohio needs some extra cash ...

A young girl leans on a man, both holding candles during a vigil

On the Sikh temple massacre and domestic terrorism

The incomprehensible violence that took place on 9/11 almost 11 years ago scarred us all. It has impacted the psyche of everyone in the US so much that politicians have been able to use “terrorism” as justification for actions that step far outside the realm of conscience or constitutionality (none of this was new post-9/11, but we certainly saw an escalation and re-commitment to terrorism as the justification with all the “War on Terror” rhetoric).

But while we don’t always talk about it in this language, that was not the last act of terrorism to happen in the US. In the past 11 years we’ve seen a spike in violence against the Sikh community. There was a wave of attacks ...

The incomprehensible violence that took place on 9/11 almost 11 years ago scarred us all. It has impacted the psyche of everyone in the US so much that politicians have been able to use “terrorism” as justification ...

May 31st, 2009: Welcome to America

When I came to America six-and-a-half years ago, I was fairly sure I knew this country. My mother is American, I’ve been a citizen my whole life, and before I moved here for college, we used to visit for two or three weeks every year. I’d seen lots of the East Coast, and California, and Missouri, and Colorado. I was fairly sure I understood the USA.

A week into my freshman year, I realized that I knew almost nothing. I didn’t know America. America was different. It was complicated. It was really, really diverse and the small bits of it that I knew well weren’t in any way representative of the nation, nor was the college campus where I would be ...

When I came to America six-and-a-half years ago, I was fairly sure I knew this country. My mother is American, I’ve been a citizen my whole life, and before I moved here for college, we used to ...

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.

“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.  ...

Texas Planned Parenthood clinic attacked with Molotov cocktail

As the tragedy in Norway provokes speculation about the threat of home-grown right-wing extremism in the U.S., here’s a stark reminder that our most common form of domestic terrorism is alive and well.

Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was “attacked” between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.

The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.

Although the media often shies away from ...

As the tragedy in Norway provokes speculation about the threat of home-grown right-wing extremism in the U.S., here’s a stark reminder that our most common form of domestic terrorism is alive and well.

Holly Morgan, ...

More Santorum audacity: “I’ve taken bullets” on abortion

This weekend, he said abortion providers should be criminally charged. Then he made this gem of a comment Monday night at the GOP debate. While the potential candidates fought over who’s the most “pro-life”, Rick Santorum responded:

“Not only have I been consistently pro-life, I have not just taken the pledge but I’ve taken the bullets to go out there and fight for this and lead on those issues.”

Hence the best response to this on Twitter:

What an asshole.

This weekend, he said abortion providers should be criminally charged. Then he made this gem of a comment Monday night at the GOP debate. While the potential candidates fought over who’s the most “pro-life”,