Last month, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) broke an unambiguous campaign promise to sign no further restrictions on abortion and signed an anti-abortion bill so sweeping it will close all but one of the state’s approximately three-dozen abortion clinics. The state then promptly shut down the one clinic that was believed to be able to meet the restrictions under the new law.
I did not know Dr. George Tiller. I’m not sure if any my friends knew him. I do know that I’m deeply saddened by this act of violence. Dr. George Tiller, whether you believe in what he did or not, was the kind of physician we all would like to be. In the face of incredible danger, after being shot, after having his office bombed… he continued to serve his patients. His bravery needs to be commended.
I guess my question tonight is: Where’s our government? There were some people out there (including Bill O’Reilly who did 29 separate segments on Tiller since 2005 calling him Tiller the baby killer) that believe; no that’s not right… they Know that abortion is akin to murder. These people have sworn to stop abortion at all costs. It appears that this is the same type of jihad that Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden have been carrying out against the United States. We’ve used an enormous amount of resources to try to stop Al Qaeda. Have we use the same type of resources to try to stop domestic terrorism? I don’t know about you, but I see the bombing of abortion clinics as domestic terrorism. Has the FBI been diligent in infiltrating these groups? There is no reason, in my opinion, that a physician who is abiding by United States law should live in fear.
I applaud Dr. Tiller for his bravery and his devotion to his patients. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
There are multiple posts on the Daily Kos on abortion (here, here and here) and Dr. George Tiller.
Update (from Huffington Post): In March 1993, three months into the administration of our first pro-choice president, Bill Clinton, abortion provider Dr. David Gunn was murdered in Pensacola, Florida. That was the beginning of what would become a five-fold increase in violence against abortion providers throughout the Clinton years.
Today’s assassination of Dr. George Tiller comes 5 months into the term of our second pro-choice president. For anyone who would like to believe that this is a statistical anomaly, a coincidence that doesn’t portend anything, again, you are wrong.
During the entire Bush administration, from 2000-2008 there were no murders.
During the Clinton era, between 1994-2000 there were 6 abortion providers and clinic staff murdered, and 17 attempted murders of abortion providers. There were 12 bombings or arsons during the Clinton years.
During the Bush administration, not only were there no murders, there were no attempted murders. There was one clinic bombing during the Bush years.
One can only conclude that like terrorist sleeper cells, these extremists have now been set in motion. Indeed the evidence is already there. The chatter, the threats, the hate-filled rhetoric are abundant.
In the last year of the Bush administration there were 396 harassing calls to abortion clinics. In just the first four months of the Obama administration that number has jumped to 1401.
And so the execution of Tiller, 67, is not only tragic but ominous. He was born into an era when being an abortion provider meant saving women’s lives. And the cold-blooded murder in church and in front of his wife of this stalwart defender of women rights and beloved physician, comes as a message for others, as well as tragic deja vu. (more…)
Video of O’Reilly ranting on and on about Dr. Tiller:
I guessed that this interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin was going to get juicier. The first segment of the interview was relatively boring, as we have become accustomed to Sarah Palin;s major gaffes. There was none to be had. There was none of the partisan rhetoric she’s has been spouting. Spooky.
In tonight’s segment, Brian Williams asked about domestic terrorism. John McCain and Sarah Palin make a distinction between folks that bomb abortion clinics with, say, William Ayres. The distinction is, of course, artificial and relatively ridiculous. They point to the fact that there was a network of “terrorists.” This is why William Ayres is a terrorist. Also, they add, Ayres had plans to attack the Pentagon and other federal buildings. So the distinction lies between physically attacking federal buildings and merely wanting to overthrow the government. I’m sorry, but that definition is just plain stupid. A terrorist is someone whose design is to instill fear and create chaos. When you look in one of those smart books they describe terrorism as “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion” (with my definition being quite close). Unfortunately, Sarah Palin’s definition (and, by extension, John McCain’s) isn’t even close. I’m surprised that Brian Williams did not point out the actual definition of terrorism.
Brian Williams does ask an interesting question about the fact that Palin sees herself as a feminist. As you might imagine with this question, Governor Palin senses a trap. She refuses to “label herself.” On one hand, I guess you could look at this as a smart move. Feminism is not embraced by the conservative movement. On the other hand, whether she wants to label herself or not she is clearly a liberated woman — whatever that means…and feminism is really only the recognition that women and men are equal. Again, it may be time for a dictionary. I guess it means she’s not in the kitchen cooking, but is instead is out make a living and supporting her husband. After all, she does have a First Dude…so she throws feminism under the bus.