Abortion Advocates Also Use Terrorism Language In Abortion Debate

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Also Use Terrorism Language In Abortion Debate

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 5, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — While abortion advocacy groups are piling on the criticism of Karen Hughes, an adviser to President Bush, her comments aren’t the first time that mention of the terrorist attacks have been inserted into the abortion debate. Both Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, and the Feminist Majority Foundation have used such language when discussing abortion opponents.

A "news" story published by the Feminist Majority Foundation on July 21, 2001 features the headline "Attorney General Ashcroft Urged to Condemn Anti-Abortion Terrorism."

In the article, the pro-abortion group urges Ashcroft to "take action publicly against all anti-abortion terrorist threats."

The threats include anthrax letters alledgedly mailed by vigilante activist Clayton Lee Waagner, who is not associated with the pro-life movement. But, they also include protests conducted by a pro-life group outside the offices of late-term abortion practitioner Geoge Tiller of Kansas.

"Anti-abortion terrorists appear to feel emboldened by the change in [the Bush] Administration," FMF president Elenor Smeal is quoted as saying.

Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America has analyzed some of the press releases and statements put out by abortion advoctes.

"They are very shrewd," Wright tells LifeNews.com. "They know how to make the insinuation without it being explicit." Yet, "calling peaceful protests ‘terrorist threats’ is blatant."

A representative of the Feminist Majority Foundation referred LifeNews.com to another media staff member who did not return a request for comment.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, the group leading the charge against Hughes, sent out a press release on November 8, 2001, with the headline, "Terrorists Send New Anthrax Threats To Planned Parenthood Via Federal Express."

The press release refers to the Wagner anthrax letters as "the latest method for domestic terrorists to spread fear."

While both sides agree the anthrax letters constitued an act of terrorism, the Planned Parenthood press release seems to imply that pro-life advoctes have engaged in previous acts of terrorism. It also shows that Planned Parenthood brought terrorism into the abortion debate long before Karen Hughes, pro-life groups say.

Feldt also appears to lump Wagner in with pro-life advocates in general when, in an October 2001 BBC article, she says, "It is perverse that these individuals here at home, who are themselves terrorists by virtue of their actions, would seek to capitalise on the events of the last days and weeks to further their own extremist agenda."

Planned Partenthood officials did not return calls from LifeNews.com.

Wright says pro-life advocates are frequently guilty of "acts of harassment and violence," according to Planned Parenthood.

The Planned Parenthood web site lists a month-by-month compliation of such violence "incidents." The following are included:

* a Planned Parenthood staff member receiving an email with quotes from a pro-life web site,

* a pro-life advocate holding a church meeting to discuss opposition to Planned Parenthood,

* a Minnesota abortion center received a letter with an article from a pro-life newsletter, and

* a Texas Planned Parenthood received pro-life postcards in the mail.

"In pro-abortion parlance, speaking in defense of life should be forbidden, an act of harassment and violence. But, violent acts against unborn children are to be celebrated and government funded," Wright explains.

"Let’s recognize what pro-abortionists are attempting to do with its harassment of Karen Hughes," Wright concludes.

"Anyone who eloquently defends the sanctity of life must be silenced. Free speech is only allowed for those who support abortion on demand. Pro-lifers need to see these tactics for what they are, and be emboldened to speak out – because reason and truth clearly threaten the abortion industry."