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Anti-Choice Extremists Call Plan to Kidnap Women ‘Sinful’ Despite Similarities to Existing Tactics

Anti-Choice Extremists Call Plan to Kidnap Women ‘Sinful’ Despite Similarities to Existing Tactics

It sounds like the synopsis of a horror movie: a pregnant woman is picked up in a van by volunteers she believes are going to take her the hundred miles to the clinic, where she is scheduled for an abortion. But the van has a different destination — a small, isolated church in a rural town.

There, in the church’s basement, she is held against her will, while a group of abortion opponents plead with her, cajole her, tell her lies, do everything they can think of to convince her to not end the pregnancy. She either agrees, desperate to get away, or holds out against them until they finally give in and agree to let her go. Either way, she is taken home or back where she started from when they picked her up, having missed her appointment and, potentially, her only chance to abort.

Sadly, this is not the plot of a movie, novel or prime time drama; this was a plan suggested by a batch of anti-choice activists.

According to the Herald Sun, the anonymous activists suggested the plan on the Facebook page for Abolish Human Abortion (AHA), the extremist Christian organization best known for taking graphic posters of fetal remains and protesting in front of local high schools. They offered the email address of a pro-choice organization arranging rides for pregnant people to the nearest abortion clinics, and said that AHA should offer to be volunteers but instead pick up the pregnant person and use the time as, “a wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion minded woman for an hour while you DON’T take her to the clinic. And hey if you can’t change her mind by the time she gets out of your car and realizes she is at church and not the clinic she’s missed her appointment anyway.”

The idea of kidnapping a pregnant person, which is essentially what this would be, should be chilling on its own. It is even more chilling in the way it harkens back to the early 80′s and the Army of God, who kidnapped an abortion provider and his wife, threatening to kill them to end abortion.

Although the organizers of AHA have expressed the need to push the limits of dialogue and protest in whatever means necessary to force people to see what they believe is the “reality” of abortion, they have distanced themselves from the kidnapping idea. They’ve also denied any links to the group that posted the plot on their page.

“Kidnapping and abortion are sinful for similar reasons. Both are acts of human oppression carried out by the strong against weak. Both deny the weaker party their rights as human beings. If kidnapping were legalized, Abolitionists would rise up to Abolish it too,” they wrote.

Still, when broken down into smaller components, perhaps the inherent idea of the proposal — involuntary detainment of people who are doing something they believe is morally wrong — isn’t that far from the realities that many abortion patients undergo when they are using clinics with a large presence of anti-choice protesters. Many clinics report a literal gauntlet of images, “counseling,” harassment, pleads, lies and shouting that pregnant patients must endure to get into a clinic door. The use of clinic escorts is necessary for a number of them to guarantee that a patient can even make it past the crowds, some of whom will surround a patient to make it more difficult for her to walk down the sidewalk and into the building.

If they trick her into a car, it’s kidnapping. Do it in front of a clinic, hoping to change her mind, intimidate her or delay her, and they just call it “sidewalk counseling.” Now it’s time for us to make sure people know there really isn’t much difference between the two at all.

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5:19PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

WTF is this, a scene from "Keely and Du" come to life? I swear these anti-choice mental furballs will stop at NOTHING to impose their twisted religious beliefs on the rest of us. News flash: Kidnapping is more than merely illegal-it happens to be a FELONY. Abortion is LEGAL, as well as a woman's right when faced with an unwanted or medically doomed pregnancy!

I hope these domestic terrorists get arrested and charged! I'm sick of them trying to interfere with women's reproductive rights!

Anti-choice = ANTI-WOMAN.

12:49PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Jean W.: Can it. Your conspiracy theory does NOT belong here!

12:44PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Hypocrites!

10:20PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Just seems to get worst every day.

6:58AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

more sadness

1:06AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

OK. I get that they say kidnapping is as big a sin as abortion, but involuntary detainment is perfectly acceptable? And what happens if I miss a doctor's appointment through no fault of my own? Does the doctor completely refuse to see me ever again? No, if she has compassion for my plight, she will see me later in the day or reschedule. Abortion is NEVER an easy decision, and there are ALWAYS strong compelling reasons to decide to have one. Kidnapping and preaching is NOT going to change anyone's situation. Instead, it will have exactly the opposite effect, and drive that person farther from religion. They are the best recruiters for atheism.

6:23PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Dear Nikolas:
As they say around here - "Dude, u b trippin'!"

5:44PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Nikolas K.
Why would a spiritual being actively choose a mother who cannot care for a child (or doesn't want one), when there are other parents who can & would?

5:37PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

freaks

5:08PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Two wrongs do not make a right and if a woman chooses to murder her unborn child then its her choice and problem because Karma is alive and well and she will probably have to endure in her next life the same experience she imposed upon a spiritual being who chose her for the experience of being aborted. Its also not real as the creator will not allow this to be real but anything is permissible in a dream to learn the truth and wake up from our dream.

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