Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and advocate for women’s rights, had her Fort Worth office firebombed Tuesday afternoon. Two staffers were in the office when the office was attacked, though reports at this time indicate no one was hurt. The suspect remains unidentified and on the loose.
The incident is the latest in a series of escalating attacks and rhetoric targeting vocally pro-choice legislators and family planning clinics. Previous attacks on clinics in Florida and California underscore the threat women and health care providers face simply trying to access or provide reproductive care.
Given the relentless attack on women and reproductive health care providers, there is a very real risk these kinds of attacks continue. Tennessee wants to make private information about women who access abortion care public and publish the names of doctors performing abortion. Why should any woman or doctor feel safe under these circumstances?
If the lessons of Dr. Tiller and the long history of violence associated with the anti-choice movement tell us anything it’s that “life” is of little value to a movement grounded in denying women the basic right to make their own medical decisions.
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