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The Abortion Debate Heats Up in the Wake of Recent Shooting

June 2, 2009

At the Washington Post, reporting on the reaction to the recent shooting of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas provider of abortion services. An excerpt:

Although mainstream antiabortion groups largely condemned Sunday’s shooting, Operation Rescue founder Randall A. Terry called Tiller a mass murderer who “reaped what he sowed.” Terry said the antiabortion movement is facing irrelevance and must use “confrontational” tactics and “highly charged rhetoric.”

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said antiabortion groups should soften their words. She said the killing was “not an isolated incident. It is part of an ongoing pattern of hateful rhetoric that unfortunately can lead to violence.”

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  1. June 2, 2009 8:17 am

    Yep, that’s true. But then much the same rhetoric was used by the Abolitionists in the 1800s against the slave holders – and people in the Underground Railroad did, in fact, murder – under the law – people who tried to them from getting escaped slaves north.

    What is hateful and wrong today may well be viewed quite differently by history. This seems especially true regarding issues that place arbitrary restrictions upon the definition of who is a person…

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