Posted at 8:50 AM Mar 25, 2010By Andrea Grimes
And thus I ask: what is it about being "pro-life" that makes the crazies want to inflict bodily harm on--and occasionally kill--other human beings?
The nature of the acts and threats made by anti-HCR folks (egged on, anyone with a brain could see, by a GOP leadership which so clearly loves democracy, because democracy is about violence, not political representation and voting and all that bullshit) have varied, but it's pretty clear: fucking with people who disagree with you is what you have to do when they outnumber you in a democracy; otherwise, the majority of non-crazies gets its way, and then the country goes to shit.
Jill over at Feministe has one of the scariest--and perhaps most realistic--observations yet made, on why it is so important to keep abortion legal and accessible in this country, illustrating that those who believe abortion should be illegal are more concerned with religious zealotry and hate than with the quality of life of human beings, anywhere. She quotes David at FDL, and goes on to say:
... will the anti-choice lawmakers who are receiving these threats put two and two together and realize that what they're now experiencing is just a fraction of what women who terminate pregnancies and doctors who provide abortions face? That women who enter abortion clinics are faced with screaming throngs of people, with threats, and sometimes with violence?Any lawmakers who are surprised that anti-choice nutbags would threaten violence and harm to pro-choicers must not have picked up a newspaper, looked at the television or logged on to the internet. Ever. Clearly this brand of anti-choicers is about vigilante "justice." Imagine if abortion did become illegal--one can also imagine that dedicated doctors, feminists and others would probably organize to provide legal out-of-country or illegal in-country procedures. One can then imagine some kind of minutemen-type militia of self-appointed abortion police seeking these people out and doing who-knows-what kind of violence to them. If we want law to remain law, and that law to be enforced by those qualified and educated to do so, abortion has to be remain legal.