Hours After Shooting of Elderly Pro-Life Man, Key Abortion Advocates Silent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Hours After Shooting of Elderly Pro-Life Man, Key Abortion Advocates Silent

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 11
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hours after the shooting of an elderly pro-life man protesting abortion outside an Owosso, Michigan high school, prominent pro-abortion groups have yet to condemn the murder.

The same groups that quickly condemned the shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller have so far said nothing about the killing of Jim Pouillon.

Some six hours after the shooting, large pro-abortion organizations like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, NOW and Emily’s List, which swiftly attacked pro-life advocates in the wake of the Tiller shooting, have yet to speak publicly about Pouillon’s death.

Mainstream media outlets have also been slow to report the shooting, with CNN taking more than five hours to compile a brief several paragraph report despite local and pro-life news media outlets like LifeNews.com providing significant details.

The New York Times took over six hours to issue an initial story.

While the "big guns" of the abortion advocacy movement are silent, local officials and a key pro-abortion blog have bothered to repudiate the killing.

Lori Lamerand, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood East Central Michigan, talked with Michigan media about the Friday morning shooting.

"We want to be very clear that we have no idea if this was related to his views, but Planned Parenthood would never condone any sort of violence against anyone, regardless of their views," said Lamerand, in comments similar to those of pro-life groups after the Tiller shooting.

"Certainly we do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of our clients, and if called upon, we would obviously cooperate with any investigation with the police," said Lamerand. "I am aware he’s been a protestor at our offices in the past but I have had no personal contact with this man and did not know him personally."

Jodi Jacobson, a writer at the RH Reality Check pro-abortion blog, has the only other published condemnation of the shooting at this time from her side of the abortion debate.

"Whatever the motive behind the killing of Mr. Pouillon and whatever his own background in the anti-choice movement, RH Reality Check deplores the use of violence as a tool in the debates over women’s rights and health, in any form and against any person," she writes.

"Our thoughts and wishes for healing go out to Mr. Pouillon’s family and friends," she added.

Following the Tiller shooting, dozens of prominent pro-life gruops had issued clear statements saying they did not condone the shooting and saying it did not represent the pro-life community or the way the majority of Americans who are pro-life conduct themselves.

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