Liberal Daily Kos Writer Calls Pro-Lifers “Terrorists”

Opinion   |   Matthew Balan   |   Jan 14, 2013   |   7:28PM   |   Washington, DC

Kaili Joy Gray, Daily Kos’s “Angry Mouse” of an associate editor (seriously, that is her nickname at the far left website) tried her darndest to stuff every bigoted term the radical left has for pro-life activists in a Monday item for the “online political community.”  Gray bewailed how the “terrorists dressed up like sweet little grandmothers” were coming to Washington, DC for their “Fetuspalooza 2013” (her name for the annual March for Life).

The writer went on to smear pro-lifers as “terrorists” or acting in a “terrorizing” manner five other times, and claimed that the social conservative movement “still regularly use violence as a means of trying to shut down the clinics.” Gray also singled out one Pennsylvania pro-lifer cited in a Monday article in the Washington Post as somehow complicit with a firebombing at an abortion mill. She barely concealed her anti-Catholicism in her account:

Helen Cindrich…turned to her local Catholic diocese to find out what she could do to stop women from having non-Cindrich-approved feelings about their pregnancies. Naturally, her diocese was only too happy to help her get involved in the movement because Jesus was all about preventing women from accessing health care, even when it means they’re going to die, because that’s so lifey.

From there, Cindrich started harassing people in shopping malls, which eventually led to the position of executive director of the People Concerned for the Unborn Child, a position that apparently involved getting carted off to jail regularly for terrorizing patients outside the health clinic she’d targeted. This health clinic:

The violence escalated at the clinic’s new location. A firebomb caused $5,000 in damage. Several hundred protesters would turn out at the clinic on a regular basis. Some jammed a Chevrolet Chevette into the clinic’s door. Police had to cut the car in half to remove the two protesters inside.

When did these incidents happen? The Washington Post article states that they took place in the late 1980s, possibly into the early 1990s. It also points out that Cindrich was arrested for sit-ins, not for committing property damage or violence against individuals. Yet, Gray left out these details in her piece, in order to portray her as a “terrorist,” more than two decades after the fact.

Kaili Joy Gray, DailyKos Associate Editor; Screen Cap From Current TV Video at | NewsBusters.orgThe DailyKos editor did cover her bases by linking to other accounts of supposed pro-life “terrorism” documented on her own website within the past year or so, and added that the pro-life movement that, in her mind, “regularly use[s] violence as a means of trying to shut down the clinics,” has also apparently “moved on to pushing for absurd legislation intended to so restrict women’s access to health care that their protection under Roe v. Wade might as well not exist at all.”

As if her multiple uses of “terrorist” and “terrorizing” didn’t get the point across, Gray also threw in the oft-used “fetus fetishist” and “anti-women” canards for good measure into her piece, along with the more recent “war on women.”

Unsurprisingly, the UC Santa Cruz women’s studies graduate ended her item by bringing up the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller:

…[Pro-life legislation] are the kinds of victories Cindrich and her fellow terrorists will celebrate as they gather in Washington D.C. later this month. Of course, they don’t call themselves terrorists and don’t consider what they do terrorism. But when your movement employs threats, intimidation, violence, bombing and even assassination—like the cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller in his very own church—to achieve the political goal of scaring people away from exercising their protected rights, well, as the saying goes, it’s a duck.



It shouldn’t be any wonder that those of Gray’s ilk are in a panic. As the editor pointed out in one of the lulls in her piece, 19 states passed 43 pro-life laws, or as she put it, laws “restricting reproductive rights.” Time magazine noticed the same trend in their recent cover article.

But the most sober development for the pro-abortion movement is their dearth of young activists, compared to the undeniable youth of the pro-life movement – something that Time also noticed in their cover story. Even as Gray tried to paint pro-lifers as “terrorists dressed up like sweet little grandmothers”, two “pro-choice” stalwarts – former NARAL head Kate Michelman and Frances Kissling of “Catholics for Choice” – acknowledged almost two years ago that there has been a “dramatic shift in attitudes toward ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice'”, and that despite the “occasional blow” from incidents like the Tiller murder, the pro-life movement’s “innovation” in recent years has won many of the undecideds over through an “appeal to people’s hearts.”

One might guess is Gray is too caught up in demonizing her opponents to wake up to reality. Note: Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003, and worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. This post originally appeared at MRC’s NewsBusters web site and is reprinted with permission.