Abortion Advocate Sends Threatening Email to Pro-Life Group Operation Rescue
by Steven Ertelt
November 6, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life group Operation Rescue has received a death threat via email that threatens violence against pro-life advocates. The organization says it believes the email came from a pro-abortion activist who feels empowered by Barack Obama’s election victory.
The pro-life group has reported the email to the FBI and local authorities.
The email indicated that any act of "anti-abortion terror" would be "ANSWERED IN KIND BY PRO-CHOICE COUNTERTERRORISTS, who will mount violent attacks against right-to-lifers. [emphasis in original]"
The threat was issued by someone identifying himself as "SoMG" with the IP address of 126.96.36.199.
A LifeNews.com analysis reveals SoMG is reportedly an abortion practitioner who frequents both pro-life and pro-abortion web sites and frequently posts in discussion forums related to abortion.
The person behind the SoMG pseudonym frequently engages in profanity-laced attacks on pro-life advocates on blogs.
"It’s hard to know what is meant by ‘anti-abortion terror,’" OR president Tory Newman told LifeNews.com. "We have seen abortion clinic employees describe two grandmothers quietly praying on the sidewalk outside abortion clinic as ‘anti-abortion terrorism.’"
"In any case, Operation Rescue has a strong and undeniable history of peaceful pro-life activism, which we will proudly continue even in the face of pro-abortion bullying and intimidation," he said.
Newman said he thinks the threat, which the group received Wednesday, is from a pro-abortion supporter emboldened by Sen. Barack Obama’s victory.
"Even before the last votes were counted, we received this threat," he said.
"It is an indication that the abortion forces are feeling emboldened and are thinking that, under an Obama administration, they will be able to harm pro-lifers and get away with it," Newman added. "When people like this devalue the lives of the pre-born, it is only natural that they would devalue and even despise the lives of others as well."
"We are not new to these kinds of threats, and will not succumb to any attempts at intimidation, because the lives of innocent babies hang in the balance every day," Newman said. "We encourage pro-lifers around the nation to stand firm for the cause of life, especially in the face of impending adversity in a potentially hostile political environment."
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