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The Abortion Debate…Another Perspective

June 1, 2009

In the wake of the most recent shooting of an abortion provider, the BBC provides an outsider’s commentary on the peculiarly American controversy over abortion.

The killing of an abortion doctor has once again highlighted the aggressive and emotional nature of the abortion debate in the US. Why does the issue illicit such a strong response compared to countries such as the UK?
With hundreds of religious radio stations across the country, the anti-abortion movement enjoys a much higher profile than its equivalent on the other side of the Atlantic.
But as well as getting more attention, there is also more violence associated with the issue – as the shooting of Dr George Tiller demonstrates.
While many pro-life organisations have come out and condemned the killing on Sunday, the fact remains that violence and intimidation have remained a constant thread in the history of the modern-day movement.

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