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Why prolife violence?
Posted By Eric Sammons On June 3, 2009 @ 7:08 am In Pro-life | Comments Disabled
Many prolifers are shocked at the killing of the abortionist George Tiller. They simply cannot conceive how someone who is for protecting the life of unborn children could gun down another person in cold blood. How does someone go from wanting to protect life to taking life?
In the New Republic there is a very good article  which discusses why there was a rise in abortion-related violence in the 1990s (that is, violence apart from what goes on each day inside abortion clinics). The author, Jon Shields, posits that it is a result of political actions taken by the government to protect the “right” to abortion. In a nutshell, here is his argument:
As someone who was very involved in prolife activities in the early 90s, I can tell you that this is an accurate accounting of what happened. I do have two problems with Shields’ article, however:
I also noticed that the first comment to the article at the New Republic website seemed to indicate that Shields is justifying violence in response to the shutdown of the rescue movement. This is ridiculous. Reporting why something happened is not justifying it, it is simply reporting the facts.
Do read the whole New Republic article – it is a relatively accurate accounting of the origins of violence within the fringe of the prolife movement.
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