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Domestic Terrorist Strikes Planned Parenthood

Domestic Terrorist Strikes Planned Parenthood


Despite the fact that the Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas is a clinic that does not perform abortions someone firebombed the clinic last week in another disturbing act of domestic terrorism targeting doctors and women.

The attack happened after-hours when, thankfully, no one was inside.  The bottle broke the clinic’s glass door and started a small fire, but otherwise did little physical damage.  But the message was clear: provide women safe, affordable health care and you put your life at risk.

The attack occurred at the same time Republicans were upping their anti-terrorism rhetoric.  But for this attack, even the mainstream media remained mostly silent, adding complicity to what has become normalized violence targeted at medical professionals.

The hypocrisy in the reporting, and the narrative around domestic terrorism is thick.  Alex Pareene notes that had the target of a clinic attack been associated with the right (and offers up Marcus Bachmann’s pray-the-gay-away clinic as an example) the media would make this event a national story even with no injuries and the terrorist’s identity still unknown.

Pareene’s point is hard to argue with, and that is in part because the right has so effectively dominated the terms of the abortion debate.  The National Review has no problem publishing sketchy anti-abortion “studies” that accuse Planned Parenthood of absurdities like human trafficking and even more objective news organizations like National Public Radio still run stories suggesting contraception is “controversial.”

And the effect is devastating for women.  A new poll suggests that large majorities of Americans favor several types of abortion restrictions including mandatory waiting periods and a ban on late-term abortions while still supporting federal funding of health care clinics.  It’s a schizophrenic approach to regulating health care and one that, unfortunately, has taken a dangerous and deadly toll on women.

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4:00AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

I really do not understand the thought process of the person who attacked that clinic. I mean... it would only a make a little bit sense (well, the kind of sense anti-choicers have) if he/she thought they provided abortions there. But what's so bad about affordable health care?

Oh, right. It kills jobs, because those people who go to PP don't die because of avoidable complications and therefore still occupy their job.

2:12AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

A very accurate title "domestic terrorism" is a phrase that hits the nail on the head.

6:44PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

when you really look at what's going on the arguments are less anti-abortion and really more anti-woman

4:59PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

No different from 911 thoughts - my religion gives me the right to kill, destroy, maim, oppress.

2:27PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Not long ago, Southern Poverty Law Center noted that right wing pressure had reduced the homeland security task force on domestic terrorism.

1:31PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

For "domestic terrorist" read "criminal". The person who did this is a criminal and commited a criminal act and should be prosecuted for it...and they're also so ignorant of the facts that they bombed a planned parenthood clinic in the name of stopping abortion when this particular planned parenthood locations doesn't even offer their patients that option. Criminal and dumb, what a combination.

1:12PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Hope they are caught and prosecuted with the full intent of the law.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

These terrorists have been able to function freely in the US for decades. Too much sympathy in law enforcement. The preachers warm them up and roust them out to do these evils and then announce no complicity. A month later they are back to chanting their hate mantras

8:33PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I'd really like to see these terrorists try to justify their actions. Violence is wrong. I don't care if you do it for God, or for your beliefs, or for money, or anything else. It. Is. Wrong.

8:32PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I'd really like to see how these terrorists justify their actions. It doesn't matter what you're doing it for. Violence is wrong. Period.

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