“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.