Pro-Life Lawmakers Shot At, Threatened For Opposing Pro-Abortion Health Bill
by Steven Ertelt
March 25, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two pro-life Republican lawmakers announced today that they were the victims of harassment and violence from people upset that they voted against the pro-abortion health care bill. Rep. Eric Cantor’s Richmond campaign office was shot at while Rep. Jean Schmidt received a harassing phone call.
Other members of Congress have also reported receiving threatening and harassing calls and emails.
Wednesday night, according to Fox News, the Richmond campaign office of Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, was victimized by a shooting when a bullet flew through the window of the office.
Because he is a member of the leadership in the House, as is the case with both parities, he is entitled to security protection from U.S. Capitol Police, but Fox indicates he has asked for additional protection.
The Department of Homeland Security is also involved in the investigation because it involves a top member of Congress.
According to CNN, Cantor also said he has received threatening phone messages.
"Enough is enough," Cantor said. "It has to stop."
Although Democrats who supported the pro-abortion health care bill have received threatening calls and other harassment as well, he said they should not use them as "political weapons" to attack Republicans because the threats have gone both ways, calling it "reprehensible."
It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain, Cantor said.
Meanwhile, news has come out about a threatening message left Friday on the voicemail of Rep. Jean Schmidt, an Ohio Republican who was formerly the head of Right to Life of Cincinnati.
Schmidt’s office was left a voicemail late Wednesday night, according to The Hill, a congressional newspaper. The caller refers to Schmidt as well as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House GOP Leader John Boehner.
He refers to a 2008 incident in which Schmidt was hit by a vehicle while jogging and he says he wishes Schmidt had broken her back.
"Yes, uh. Yeah, I’m glad, uh. the president passed healthcare, yeah. Funky—-, racist—- Republicans hate that, don’t you? Jean [sic] Smith, when you got hit by that car or when you fell or whatever, you should’ve broke your back," the caller says, according to The Hill.
Meanwhile, Operation Rescue informed LifeNews.com today that its telephones were inundated with hateful messages in the wake of the weekend vote on health care in the House of Representatives.
Operation Rescue has been outspoken in its opposition to the Obama health care takeover plan, especially provisions that would provide taxpayer funding for abortions.
The calls filled the mailboxes of several extensions and ranged from nonsensical messages, to sexually explicit "dirty phone calls," to anti-Christian, hate-filled tirades. In weeks preceding the vote Operation Rescue staff members received death threats.
"Normally we don’t give the threats and hateful calls we receive much thought. But lately there has been much made about threats to Democrats that supported the health care takeover, and we thought that people needed to know that the hate calls are flowing both ways," the pro-life group’s president, Troy Newman, told LifeNews.com.
"This kind of harassment and intimidation will never deter us from our mission to save the lives of innocent babies and stop abortion in our nation," said Newman. "However, we do take security precautions and are working with the FBI, which continues to investigate death threats against me and my staff."
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