Monday, June 08, 2009

Full of Hate and No Place To Go

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, has a problem. Seven years ago he moved his family and his entire hate-filled movement to Wichita for the express purpose of harassing Dr. George Tiller. Newman did such a good job inciting people to violence that one of his terrorists took a gun into a church to kill Dr. Tiller. Now the group is all full of hate, with no place to go.

For the first time in years, only a Wichita police car has been waiting outside the abortion clinic of Dr. George R. Tiller, who was shot to death a week ago. Gone are the trucks bearing enormous images of bloody fetuses, the signs offering the home addresses of clinic workers, the crowd of protesters yelling to women as they enter.

Over almost 20 years, a vocal, diverse constellation of anti-abortion forces has grown up in this conservative city with an intensity rarely seen elsewhere, converging around Dr. Tiller’s practice. With his death, its future suddenly seems uncertain, too.

This city of 358,000 people, once the focal point of protests because of four abortion clinics — most significantly Dr. Tiller’s, which provided rare late-term abortions — last week had no abortion facility open for business, no target in chief, no immediate reason for this network of anti-abortion forces to be based here.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” said Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, one of the most well-known anti-abortion organizations. Seven years ago, Mr. Newman moved his organization’s national headquarters, its leaders and his family from Southern California to Wichita to focus a national spotlight on Dr. Tiller, whom he described as “the flagship” of the country’s abortion business.

“I think it’s too early to say what comes next,” he said.
If your community has a physician who provides abortion services be on the lookout. Operation Rescue extremists might be heading your way.

The only question left to ask is how long Justice and the Department of Homeland Security is going to allow this domestic terrorist ring to exist?


Tengrain said...


As always, thank you. This is a great post.

Operation Rescue came to San José some years ago, and we managed during that summer to get Randall Terry and his band of haters out of town. We had laws passed that set minimum distance from private residences that protesters had to adhere to amongst other challenges. Surprisingly, the measures we passed held up in court, and Operation Rescue left town ahead of schedule, and has not returned since.

That said, every Saturday in front of the local Planned Parenthood (and across the street from my gym), the all-male crew of oppressors shows up with their signs and harassment. I ran into them (complete with signs) one afternoon at a nearby sandwich shop, when they were done with Planned Parenthood.

I swear to God, one of them was asking his buddy if he was going to make it to the white power rally in a nearby town.

And that is all you need to know about the men that protest women's right to choice.



BAC said...

It seems that sadly, one of their members has made his way to DC. The shooting today at the Holocaust Museum is the latest incident of domestic terrorism.

What makes me crazy is that both Dr. Tiller's murder, and this new guy, have a history of violence. Why are they allowed to carry guns?


Dr. Zaius said...

I have looked at several articles about Scott Roeder, and I have not yet seen one that states clearly whether or not he legally owned the gun used to Kill Dr. Tiller. His record would seem to indicate that he should not have been able to own a gun.

The FBI said that von Brunn did not legally own the gun he used to kill security guard Stephen Tyrone Jones at the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting.

It might be s good idea if they regulated that sort of thing with a great deal more scrutiny, one would think.

BAC said...

Dr Zaius I think this might be a case of 'we have laws to protect us from this, but they weren't being enforced.' Neither of these two people should have been allowed to have a gun.