View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pro-choicers belong on terror list!

In the recent report on potential terrorist groups, the Homeland Security Department lists pro-lifers.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, the head of that department, Janet Napolitano, was asked to defend the line that links pro-lifers with violence - "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion" - and was asked if her department was investigating pro-life groups. She declined to answer, but said such groups had a history of violence.

She said (I'm paraphrasing) President Obama encourages free speech and open discussion of controversial issues like abortion.

"On the other hand, at the very edge of the [abortion] debate, at the very edge are the extremist groups that have committed violent crimes," said Napolitano. "They've committed bombings and the like."

"And that is where you cross from constitutionally protected free speech, freedom of assembly, all the rights we cherish, into homeland security and law enforcement. When is that right not being exercised, it's being abused," she said.

But she could not document or name any such incidents.

Well, unlike the doctrinaire Napolitano, I was willing to do a little digging.

The National Abortion Federation lists what it describes as violence committed by pro-lifers.

As of March 2008 they say pro-lifers have been guilty of 147,867 incidents of violence. But of that total, 128,890 were for picketing! And I've been a number of protests as a reporter covering them, and as a participant. The pro-choice side consistently tends to be more rude, loud, and "violent."

Anyway, of real crimes by pro-lifers listed in the report - crimes which I do not defend - they cite 7 murders, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, 175 arsons, 96 attempted bombings/arson, 629 bomb threats, 1,353 incident of vandalism, 169 cases of assault & battery, and 399 death threats.

There are more, but I'll stick with those.

I deplore all such acts of violence.

But, to be fair (unlike Napolitano), I also checked out pro-choice violence.

According to Human Like International, pro-choicers have been charged with 2,661 incidents of violent crime (murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual crimes, etc). HLI list 28 such crimes by pro-lifers.

Pro-choicers are nearly 10 times more likely to be guilty of such crimes than pro-lifers.

Who's more violent?

Of less serious crimes resulting in physical injury (such as assault), the pro-choicers committed 1,315 such incidents versus 169 such incidents by pro-lifers.

Who's more violent?

They finally beat the pro-lifers when it comes to property crimes (vandalism, bombings, etc.) 856 to 1,789.

So when it comes to crimes against property, the pro-lifers are more violent. But when it comes to crimes against people, the pro-choice side is overwhelmingly far more guilty.

If you tally these three categories above, the pro-choicers are linked with 4,832 incidents, while pro-lifers are linked with 1,986.

Overall, pro-choicers are more than twice as likely to be violent as are pro-lifers.

And that doesn't include the millions of women and the more than 50 million babies victimised by abortion itself.

Maybe Napolitano should place pro-choice groups on her list.

Maybe she should watch this video clip (caution, foul language):



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