Canada Politician’s Wife Says Abortion Protests a Domestic Terrorism Threat

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canada Politician’s Wife Says Abortion Protests a Domestic Terrorism Threat

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 17
, 2008

Petersborough, Canada ( — The wife of a prominent pro-abortion Canadian politician made a controversial remark during a presentation at the Ontario-based Fleming College. Janine Krieber, wife of Liberal Leader MP Stéphane Dion, said abortion would become the next domestic terrorism.

After an hour-long discussion of actual terrorism, Krieber answered a question about the heated debate over social issues like abortion.

She said that if Canada is ever embroiled in another national debate over abortion that it could lead to acts of terrorism — an implication that pro-life advocates might engage in violence.

"The problem I see, for the moment, coming next is that we bring back abortion discussions into society. We had problems before and if we bring that back too severely it will bring conflict," Krieber said, according to the Peterborough Examiner.

"When we forecast terrorism we have to look at what are the controversial topics in a society,” Krieber added.

She later told the Examiner newspaper that her comment was a response to a pro-abortion protest earlier this month in Montreal.

Abortion advocates protested a bill, C-484, pending the House of Commons that offers protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children who are killed in violent crimes.

This isn’t the first time that a prominent figure has compared activists involved in the abortion debate to terrorists.

In April, pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama was criticized for comparing a pro-life senator to a domestic terrorist responsible for setting off bombs and never apologizing.

Last August, CNN’s miniseries "God’s Warriors," featured file footage of the bombing at a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic in 1998 by someone unaffiliated with the pro-life movement but who claimed to be against abortion.

Christiane Amanpour said the attack was conducted by "radical opponents [who] had long waged their holy war against abortion clinics," which also "terrified many women."

In July 2006, Planned Parenthood’s web site labeled pro-life groups "terrorists and extremists."

The group included a heading, "Terrorists and Extremist Organizations" that included Christian Coalition, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council, Feminists for Life of America and Focus on the Family.

And pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem came under fire in October 2004 when she called President Bush, because of his pro-life record on abortion, "more dangerous to this country’s citizens than terrorists" at a New Mexico NARAL fundraising breakfast.

Asked to comment on Steinem’s remark, Chris Lalley, director of media relations for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, used terrorism comparisons to describe the president.

"We think President Bush is terrorizing women’s rights," Lalley told

Steinem’s offhanded remark was too much for Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, who told, "Gloria Steinem demeans the victims of terrorism by equating opposition to her political agenda to acts of violence."