A call for a change of tone…

I just read a disturbing news article about a bomb that was set off on Sunday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin.

“Better to blow up both the mother AND the unwanted baby to protect the sanctity of life.  And if she was heading in for prenatal care or if she wasn’t pregnant and was coming in for a health screening, well…  Collateral damage.  This will send a message to them all.”

Is this what someone who sets a bomb outside of an abortion clinic is thinking?  I have a feeling that there are a lot of people who—even if they wouldn’t go so far as to set a bomb themselves—would agree with this spiel wholeheartedly.

Thank goodness no one was hurt this time, but this is very serious and scary.  We’ve got to work to lessen the dehumanizing and hostile tone that this discussion has taken towards women in general—and especially women who use services from providers such as Planned Parenthood.

Increasingly hostile political discourse creates a class of “evil others” who must be stopped at all costs.  I truly believe that this sort of discourse can push certain people to act out in violent ways.  We need only to remember how a man murdered a crowd of people in front of a grocery store while targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to see how escalating rhetoric can have horrifying results.

I’m very worried that in the weeks and months to come, we are going to see more incidents like the one in Wisconsin.  I fear for the lives of the women who seek care at these clinics, as well as the doctors, nurses and other staff members who are caught with potential targets on their backs while simply trying to provide healthcare to women with little or no income.  And I wonder what it will take for the right to change the tone of this discussion.  I fear for where this is all heading.


2 thoughts on “A call for a change of tone…

  1. This is beyond disturbing. I have mixed feelings about abortion as you well know, but you are 100% right, these clinics provide a lot of OTHER services such as contraception! (HELLO)… and since when is the answer to ANY argument *boom – attempted murder*….. *shakes head*.

  2. Planned Parenthood has been demonized as an abortion provider when, in fact, they provide more contraceptive services than abortions by 11 to 1. If we want to put PP out of the abortion business, we should 100% support PP in their efforts to provide contraceptives and educate women about how to avoid getting pregnant in the first place.

    I’m with you on the mixed feelings, and I would argue that no one is “pro-abortion,” but simply “pro-choice.” I’m not for using abortion as birth control, generally, but I understand that accidents do happen—and sometimes in the midst of circumstances where the mother can not or should not be having a child. To tell a woman, “Oh, well…you goofed. You’re on the hook now—for 9 months, at least, and probably the rest of your life after that!” just seems wrong, considering the guy that’s involved gets to walk away without a care in the world. I think that maintaining a woman’s right to have that choice early on in her pregnancy is very important. If we take it away, they will simply turn to illegal, back alley abortionists, who will still perform the abortion and endanger the life of the mother. By taking away that choice, we save no one.

    And then there’s the issue of medically-neccessary abortions, which I think should be legal for the ENTIRE duration of the pregnancy. Yes, one hopes that things get caught early on, but I can’t imagine, under any circumstances, telling a mother, “This pregnancy will definitely kill you, but we’re going to force you to carry it to term anyway! You have no choice in the matter!”

    I don’t know if you saw my post about the discussion I had with my OB-GYN:


    One of his main jobs is to deliver healthy babies. Even he is horrified at the thought of abortion being banned. It’s not just taking away the right of the mother to decide what is best for her, but it’s also taking away the right of her doctor to decide how the best and safest care for his patient.

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