Will it be Good For the Gander?

On Friday, 63-year-old pro-life protestor, Jim Pouillon, was gunned down on a sidewalk in Owosso, Michigan.  Immediately, speculation was that he was killed for his pro-life activities.

My initial response was to urge my fellow pro-lifers not to jump to conclusions regardless of how obvious they might appear.  I took this approach because I remember the situation in 1993 when Florida abortionist, George Patterson, was shot and killed in Mobile, Alabama.  Immediately, both the local and national abortion lobby launched into a hysterical public tirade against the pro-life movement demanding that the streets be swept clean of “these violent anti-choice and anti-women religious fanatics.”

The problem was, authorities eventually concluded that Patterson's shooting was unrelated to his baby-killing racket.  In reality, he was shot for failing to pay off on a bet he had made with a mob bookie.  Somehow, abortionist Patterson had reached adulthood without becoming aware that organized crime takes an unforgiving position on such oversights.  It's also interesting that the murder occurred as Patterson was leaving some sleazy Triple-X porn shop and pole-dancing bar.  Further investigation would also reveal that this noble champion of women was a "regular" at this wholesome establishment and on a first-name basis with the proprietors. 

Of course, the fact that the pro-choice crowd had made complete asses of themselves by hurling unfounded charges at the pro-life movement, was quietly swept under the rug by their fellow degenerates in the media. 

Then came Friday.  And the reason I urged caution in our reaction was because I knew, as we all know, that if we were to jump to a conclusion that eventually proved false, the magnanimous treatment shown our enemies in 1993 would not be shown to us today. Instead, the media would make sure we were soon rotating over a low flame.

But that concern is now gone.  Prosecutors in Michigan have confirmed that, according to the suspect in custody, Jim was indeed targeted because of his pro-life activism.  In a nutshell, an elderly man wearing leg braces and breathing through an oxygen tank was brutally murdered for protesting abortion on a public sidewalk.

That leaves us with a very simple question.  Simply put, will the responses to this killing match the responses we’ve seen in the past when some abortionist was shot.  For example…

1. Will the FBI launch an investigation to find links between the suspect and other pro-choice individuals or organizations?

2. Will the United States Department of Justice try to establish that these killings were part of a larger pro-choice conspiracy?

3. Will pro-choice organizations have their phones illegally tapped and their mail illegally opened by federal authorities?

4. Will U.S. Marshals now be assigned to protect peaceful non-violent pro-lifers while they are exercising their First Amendment rights?

5. Will Congress rush to pass new legislation that would protect people who exercise their Constitutional right to protest abortion?

6. Will pro-life protestors be given protective zones around themselves into which pro-choice activists may not legally enter?

7. Will media pundits be suggesting that the heated rhetoric of the pro-choice movement is what led to these killings?

8. Will any rabidly pro-choice media commentator be accused of creating the atmosphere that made such a killing inevitable?

9. Will the Democratic Party’s unwavering advocacy of abortion-on-demand be cited as a motivating factor for the shooter? 

10. Will those who call themselves pro-choice now be forever labeled, “One of those fanatics who murder people they don’t agree with?”

Of course, we all know what the answer to each of these questions will be.  We all know that the most likely response will be that the pro-life movement and the victim himself created the environment in which this killing occurred.
You can count on it.

The Ghost of Reno Rides Again

With the killing of America’s most notorious abortionist, George Tiller, you can be assured that the abortion lobby and their media flunkeys are, once again, hyperventilating over the opportunity that has fallen into their laps.  As they have done in the past, they now get to project this image of poor hapless abortion clinic workers having to dodge a hail of automatic weapon fire every morning just to get from their car to the death camp door. 


As the curtain rises on this little dog and pony show, let’s make it our job to see that the audience keeps at least one foot in reality.  We need to be pointing out that, when the Department of Justice or the FBI publish studies on workplace violence, the rate of violence at abortion clinics is so statistically insignificant that it doesn’t make it onto the final charts.  In fact, even if the statistics are limited to only include violence against health care professionals, abortionists do not show up on the radar screen. 


To see how overblown this issue has been, consider just the two years during which the most violence against abortion providers took place.  Of the eight total murders that have occurred at America’s abortion mills during the past 36 years, five were in 1993 and 1994 alone.  But according to government statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, during those same two years there were 2,154 other people killed in work-related homicides in the United States including seven school teachers, four members of the clergy, 10 lawyers, nine newspaper vendors, seven writers, six realtors, 22 waiters or waitresses, four groundskeepers, five architects, 40 garage or service station attendants, 23 auto mechanics, 21 janitors, 10 hairdressers, four carpenters, and six farmers. 


In other words, during the worst period of “pro-life violence” in American history, more farmers and twice as many hairdressers were murdered on the job than abortion clinic workers and abortionists combined.  And remember, the five abortion clinic killings during 1993 and 1994 account for all but three of the killings that have happened in the history of the pro-life struggle.


Compared to the thousands of taxi drivers, convenience store employees, police officers, firefighters, and other workers who were killed during that time, it is obvious that all of this wailing and hand-wringing about violence against abortion providers is complete nonsense.  This is confirmed by the reality that the media is only able to make such a big deal about “pro-life violence” because it is so rare.  If it were even remotely common, they could not give it so much press.  Also lost in this discussion is the fact that if abortion clinic shootings, assaults, bombings, arson, and other acts of violence were anywhere near as common as the abortion lobby claims, every abortion mill in the country would have to shut down because there would not be an insurance company on the planet that would sell them coverage. 


Cutting to the chase, any objective analysis of this issue shows that the level of violence committed by people opposed to abortion has been grotesquely exaggerated and that the pro-life movement is, by far, the most peaceful socio-political movement of its size and tenure in American history.  To see the truth of that, all you have to do is study the other causes which are most similar: the anti-slavery, civil rights, and labor struggles.  It is not opinion but provable fact that, in those movements, there have been many times during which more violence was committed in a single day than has taken place in the entire 36-year history of the pro-life movement.


Another thing that’s interesting to note is that not one of the murders of abortionists or abortion clinic employees occurred prior to the inauguration of Bill Clinton.  And the explanation for that is brutally simple.  


Immediately after taking office, Clinton and his Attorney General, Janet Reno, began paying off their campaign debts to the abortion lobby.  While Clinton got legislation passed to sweep the streets clean of peaceful non-violent picketers, Reno literally turned the Attorney General’s office and the FBI into a private police force for the abortion industry.  By the way, that analysis did not originate with me; it was given to me by an FBI agent who told me that he was sick and tired of being sent out to investigate “pro-life terrorists” only to find some 70-year-old nun in tennis shoes whose act of “terrorism” was praying the Rosary in front of some godless abortion mill.


When rumors about Reno’s witch-hunts first surfaced, she flatly denied that such a campaign even existed.  But documents were eventually uncovered that proved she was lying through her blood-stained teeth.  The project even had an official name.  It was called, VAAPCON and I know, first-hand, that it led to at least one pro-life organization having its mail illegally opened and its phones illegally tapped.  This happened despite the fact that this organization had no ties to even one single act of violence, had never endorsed violence and was not associated with one person who was accused of committing violence.  The reason I know this is because the organization I’m talking about is Life Dynamics.  And we were certainly not the only targets.  In the ensuing years, I have been told by other pro-life leaders that they too had the same experience. 


Given this environment, it is hardly surprising that less than three months after Clinton and Reno began cracking skulls, the first shooting occurred.  This is not to suggest that this atmosphere justified the violence.  But on the other hand, we cannot pretend that it occurred in a vacuum.  If a woman kills her abusive husband, even those who would argue that the abuse did not justify the killing would at least recognize that it may have been a motivating factor.  In this case, it would be illogical to ignore the fact that, before the Clinton/Reno inquisition began, not one abortion clinic employee or abortionist had ever been shot.


Now we fast-forward to 2009 and find the Obama administration, which mainly consists of has-beens and retreads from the Clinton administration, publicly labeling as terrorists anyone who thinks it is wrong to butcher unborn human beings by the millions.  Then a short time later, we have the first shooting of an abortionist since Bill and Hillary burglarized the White House on their way out of town. 

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics