By now, you have probably heard of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, an ob/gyn who performed late-term abortions. Lots of other people have commented on this, but make no mistake about it: this will stem from demonizing abortion. It’s really not that far from Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s sneering about the ‘health of the mother’ exemption to pulling the trigger. As Digby puts it:
If you think that women should have to endanger their lives in order to give birth to a fetus with no brain, then you probably think this man was a murderer.
Or maybe it should be ‘murderer’?
When medical grounds for abortion–a legal and safe medical procedure–are ridiculed by respected political leaders, and not just radio shock jocks, it creates an environment where harsher, more radical language becomes acceptable. Granted, theopolitical conservatives see words only as weapons, but to many people they have meaning.
If abortion is really the ‘holocaust of the unborn‘, then committing acts of terrorism–and that’s what this is–against murderers is legitimate.
And it’s how we end up with murdered doctors.
I’m tired of coddling theopolitical conservatives who use eliminationist rhetoric* and then claim that they had no idea that someone would take them seriously.
One more thing: if this had been a Muslim who murdered someone for his or her support of Israel, I doubt this would be described–as it inevitably will be–the act of a deranged individual. Certainly, the right would be seeing Al-Queda in every nook and cranny.
This is terrorism, pure and simple.
By the way, Medical Students for Choice does good work. Why not support them?
*Never mind the inconsistency of such rhetoric as demonstrated by their unwillingness to defend the notion of jailing mothers who have abortions for the crime of murder. Of course, that would assume that women are independent moral agents….
Related: I wrote this before I heard all about alleged suspect Scott Roeder. He apparently posted this on an Operation Rescue (a militant anti-abortion group) website:
It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the “lawlessness” which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp “Mengele” of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.
Their unoriginality would be funny were it not so horribly murderous.