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Abortion Doctor Shot in Wichita. And the government calls animal activists terrorists?

Abortion Doctor Shot in Wichita. And the government calls animal activists terrorists?

George Tiller was a practicing abortion doctor since the 1970s. This morning he was shot dead in the lobby of his church in Wichita, Kansas. Throughout his life he stood firmly for a woman’s right to have safe abortions. As a result, he was on the receiving end of a lot of grief from abortion opponents. This wasn’t the first time Dr. Tiller has been shot. In 1993, he was shot in the arm by another anti-abortionist but Tiller recovered. Here’s what I thought when I read this story: Abortion opponents are murdering people, but instead of listing them as domestic terrorists the US government is calling animal activists terrorists? That’s just plain absurd. Even the most radical among animal activists have never even attempted to kill or harm any living being.

In January of 2005 the FBI listed the animal liberation front as the top domestic terror threat in the United States, despite the fact that no action claimed by the animal liberation front has ever harmed any living being. The ALF is not a membership organization, but nonetheless violence of any kind is not condoned. It is certainly true that the ALF does support trespassing to rescue animals from cruel conditions as well as the strategic use of sabotage (eg rendering animal experimentation equipment unusable). But you only need to look as far as their 5 core guidelines to see that they firmly draw the line at violence. One of their 5 guidelines is “To take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human”. That doesn’t sound to me like a terrorist organization. You know what does? Shooting a doctor while he goes to church. That sounds like terrorism to me.

Civil libertarians and terrorism experts alike have criticized the US government’s practice of calling animal activists “terrorists”. One notable example is the Southern Poverty Law Center. They pointed out the folly in the Department of Homeland Security concentrating on animal and earth liberation groups rather than on white supremacists, writing that “for all the property damage they have wreaked, eco-radicals have killed no one — something that cannot be said of the white supremacists and others who people the American radical right.”

Tiller’s death is a tragedy. Let’s hope that the person who murdered him is brought to justice. To me this brutal event underlines the importance for us to push our government to re-evaluate its prorities when it comes to law enforcement. If the feds hadn’t wasted so much time and money trying to infiltrate vegan potlucks and prosecute kids for chalking pro-animal slogans on the sidewalk, maybe we could have prevented Tiller’s death.

Send a note of condolences to the men and women who worked along side Dr. Tiller at Women’s Health Care Services in Kansas.

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3:52AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

It's all about money. Medical staff who help women who are desperate enough to need an abortion are terrorised and the governments of this country (England) and yours do the bare minimum to prevent it. It doesn't damage property or business. But the activities of environmentalists DO damage property and business, and so our governments come down on them hard. A friend of mine has a rap sheet as long as your arm. She's paid thousands in fines. Her crime? Organising and sometimes taking part in blockades of companies which use live animals for experimentation. Because these companies make money, they are protected by the police and the legal system, and activists who stand against them are labelled terrorists and given maximum punishment when caught. As I said, it's all about money. Sad but true.

8:12AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:28AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

That's the height of absurdity!

10:24AM PDT on Jul 3, 2009

Hey Drew,

Check the comments out on your other blog in regards to the Obama's eating foie gras and veal, there's a guy named Dave and a woman named Camille that are, essentially, advocating terroristic actions.

That said, the gov'ts definition of terrorism and the various groups it includes pretty much mean that anyone who cares about something will fall under that umbrella in one way or another, and I certainly don't think that's right.

8:52AM PDT on Jun 10, 2009

Abortion was made 'legal' in 1973 and I thank God it was!!! That's right, you heard me right -- I thank God abortion was made legal. I am not an evil person but I am a caring, compassionate Catholic woman who understands another woman's desperate plight. Unfortunately legalization of abortion came way too late for all my grandmother's friends, friends of her's who died due to botched illegal abortions and their bodies were thrown into the backalley -- like they were garbage -- by the very doctors who were helping them not populate this world with more unwanted children!! In honor of my grandmother's late friends, I am pro-Choice and always will be no matter the pro-lifers' arguments to the contrary.

4:52AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

Abortion is barbaric, evil, and cruel, which only evil and barbaric people can condone. I abhor killing of any kind but I'm pleased that Dr Tiller is no longer around to practice his barbaric trade. I pray that ALL abortions are stopped. And think on this, while children in countries to which Muslims have migrated, their births are skyrocketing while children of the nations to which they migrated are being aborted at a phenominal rate. It is estimated that in 50 years all nations will be Muslim dominated. It's about time we woke up and stopped the barbaric murder of our children.

12:06AM PDT on Jun 5, 2009

I agree Elizabeth S. Threats or even intimidation which make people fearful is not the answer to solving problems. Same goes with calling doctors, staff and their patients mass murderers and screaming through bull horns at clinics. The people have spoken and they have said clearly a woman has the right to choose. Some people don't like that but instead of going the way of the lord they continue this nonsense that as we have seen leads to murder.

And Christina W did you realize late term abortions are often necessary to save a woman's life? For example, a fetus has a brain tumor that cannot be detected in early pregnancy. These tumors if left alone would kill both the mother and the baby. Another example are fetuses with brain stems and no brains. If taken to term they would die and put a whole lot of physical and mental pain on the mother unnecessarily. Would you call aborting fetuses like these mass murder? I would further add if indeed you believe in Jesus and the good book, have you forgotten what Jesus himself said? Judge not unto others lest ye yourself be judged. Or how about let ye who is without sin cast the first stone.

I would further add an eye for an eye came from the old testament and was in fact against the teachings of Christ who said to love thine enemies and turn the other cheek.

11:58PM PDT on Jun 4, 2009

Drew apparently anyone who belongs to the Audubon Society at least according to Bushco were deemed as domestic terror threats. Yet those who kill are apparently left alone. Notice the FBI was warned twice in advance about the guy who murdered Dr. Tiller and yet they did nothing until after the fact.

Let me say this, by far most animal activists are peaceful folks. There are fringe elements however who could potentially kill someone. Where I live in Santa Cruz a few radical activists not only threatened a local professor and his wife and children, they destroyed his car and invaded his home. These kinds of actions(personal attacks) could very well lead to murder. But let me say this, if the government is going to put animal activists on the domestic terror list they better put these pro-lifers right up there with them. We have seen them kill. There is no could in the equation. In fact what they have done lends more merit for them being placed there then animal activists. That said violence of any kind is not the answer. Even blowing up an empty lab poses a threat.

11:42PM PDT on Jun 4, 2009

I agree Elizabeth S. Threats or even intimidation which make people fearful is not the answer to solving problems. Same goes with calling doctors, staff and their patients mass murderers and screaming through bull horns at clinics. The people have spoken and they have said clearly a woman has the right to choose. Some people don't like that but instead of going the way of the lord they continue this nonsense that as we have seen leads to murder.

And Christina W did you realize late term abortions are often necessary to save a woman's life? For example, a fetus has a brain tumor that cannot be detected in early pregnancy. These tumors if left alone would kill both the mother and the baby. Another example are fetuses with brain stems and no brains. If taken to term they would die and put a whole lot of physical and mental pain on the mother unnecessarily. Would you call aborting fetuses like these mass murder? I would further add if indeed you believe in Jesus and the good book, have you forgotten what Jesus himself said? Judge not unto others lest ye yourself be judged. Or how about let ye who is without sin cast the first stone.

I would further add an eye for an eye came from the old testament and was in fact against the teachings of Christ who said to love thine enemies and turn the other cheek.

5:04PM PDT on Jun 4, 2009

To be a terrorist, I don't think you have to have necessarily killed someone. It's simply someone who uses illegal (or sometimes even legal) tactics which are intended to frighten people into doing what the terrorist wants them to do. If someone burns down an abortion doctor's house, even if no one was harmed that was a terroristic act. I believe I read where animal activists had published the names and home addresses of animal researchers. That is terroristic because there is an implication of violence. That the names and addresses are being given so that those people may be potentially targeted for violence in some way.

So I don't think killing is required to be a terrorist. All that would be required is a desire to terrorize people.

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