i received this from a colleague who is also an abortion provider. her words speak for many of us who have lived with terrorism for a long long time.
Tue, Apr 17, 2007
As I read the paper and watch my TV, trying to take in the tragedy that has befallen the students, parents and faculty of Virginia Tech, I am feeling sick and in shock. I also feel a huge fear for my children. I know and am reminded that I cannot protect them anywhere.
Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but I cannot help but look at the history
of this kind of violence and link it directly back to the anti abortion
They were the very first people to speak so hatefully and announce with pride their thoughts of justifiable homicide. They were the first to post doctors' pictures on the Internet advocating killing, admitting who they were, yet there was NO PUBLIC
CONDEMNATION. Even so called religious people often beat around the bush refusing to
say it was wrong or in fact said nothing at all.
So the anti-abortion faction commited arson, firebombed us, shot us and then one of them
got brave enough to go out in broad daylight and shoot at 2 clinics (3?) in
Boston. And evade the authorities for how long? One of them
blew up a clinic killing a police officer and almost killing but maiming the
nurse and what happened? Nothing!
The White House under President Reagan and the first Pres. Bush
entertained Joe Scheidler as a guest, and and others I no longer remember who were certainly themselves early terrorists or advocates of terrorism. And still no public outcry.
Finally, after the same bomber planted a
bomb in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics, this got some attention.
When the school shootings started, Columbine and the rest, where
did people think these kids learned their hate and their skills
and the belief that is was ok to kill people. What did anyone with
an ounce of sense think would happen to a generation of young people who saw
others turn their heads from violence because it was aimed at a select
few. And it was controversial after all.
Of course, after 911, Domestic Terrorism was suddenly in the news. But in print or on the news no one mentioned that abortion providers have been living with terrorism for a long time. They pretended it was new.
When the members of congress first started getting envelopes with possible anthrax in
them, abortion providers already had booklets that the ATF had printed for handling anthrax threats
in our clinics. Many of us had gone through that kind of terrorism years earlier. Yesterday's actions may have been by someone who is mentally ill but where
did the example, the idea come from?
We are all responsible for putting an end to hate. Just last week some people still thought it was a fuss about nothing when hate talk against women athletes was allowed to continue. Even when the shock jock was eventually fired, there were still a lot of people who thought it was funny. Unless people of leadership and faith announce
the connection and call for an end we as a nation are going to see ever more violence.
When a crazy man can stand outside my friend's clinic today and
still say these hateful things and call himself a minister, a man of God, why doesn't the
public rush to run his ass out of town. If we want to see these shootings end
it has to start there, with people like this minister, because they are the ones who
started it all.
I am sorry if I am ranting especially because many of you have also lived with this or something equally frightening or painful but I just needed to write it for me. My rage and pain do
not feel lessened but somehow I feel stronger.