On November 27, 2015, a shooting and five-hour standoff with police occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The man behind it? Robert Lewis Dear.
During the horrific shooting, Dear wounded at least nine people, and killed three, including university police officer Garrett Swasey – and while the motive for the attack is still ‘technically’ unclear, it comes after a long spate of violence against abortion facilities across the country.
With that said, it’s no secret that Planned Parenthood clinics often face threats from pro-life activists and protesters alike, but not all of these situations are documented and/or make the news. But this week, an employee at a clinic in Kansas took to twitter in order to reveal the level of terror they are regularly forced to deal with…
The argument is skewed from both sides. While the world understands that those against abortion have justifiable reasons to protest, and are tolerant to peaceful protests that actually do exist across not only the U.S. but the world, it is ‘pro-life’ activists who use violence to get their points across, who are causing the real problems.
It seems a little contradictory to kill in order to prove that life is important, and whatever the message is that people such as Robert Lewis Dear are trying to portray, it is being overwhelmingly drowned out by their unforgivable acts of terrorism.
Bryn Greenwood, the woman in the above tweets, goes on to mention Dr George Tiller, the American physician who was killed after being shot through the eye by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. The incident happened 16 years after he was also shot by another anti-abortion activist, Shelley Shannon.
These incidents are proof that terrorism is not just committed by the militants that your government spend so much money trying to drop bombs on – but proof that terror comes in many different forms. Setting fire to a clinic and shooting the very staff that are placed there to provide whatever help people need is certainly not the way to get your anti-abortion message across, especially when some of these clinics do not offer abortion services whatsoever.
Statistically, in the past decade, incidents such as these have declined. But more and more have been recently flaring up. They need to stop.