Roeder verdict sparks fears of more anti-abortion violence
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Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 09:28:02 AM EST
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Scott Roeder is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of George Tiller.  At the very least, he'll by 75 years old before he can even think about parole.  However, several abortion-rights supporters fear that Roeder's conviction could lead to more violence.

[T]hose who share Roeder's passionate, militant belief against abortion were outraged: One said they are getting tired of being treated as a "piece of dirt" unable to express the reasons for such acts in court. So while relieved at the outcome, abortion-rights advocates worry a verdict that should be a deterrent will instead further embolden those prone to violence.

"Many of those who came here in his support will be key to making (Roeder) a martyr for their cause — all in furtherance of advocating deadly violence," said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Based on what some demonstrators at Roeder's trial had to say after the verdict came down, their fears seem justified. 

Donald Spitz, head of the Army of God, says that many of his compatriots consider Roeder a hero and that people have become "more assertive" since Paul Hill's murder of John Britton.  And our old friend Randall Terry all but promised that more violence was coming because "the blood of these babies slain by Tiller is crying for vengeance."

Even before Tiller's death, there was a significant spike in anti-abortion violence.  Apparently Roeder simply brought the simmering militancy out into the open.

Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, said her group had noticed a rise in anti-abortion violence over the past year.

"We used to have members report incidents once a month — now it's every day," Saporta said. "Every time, we forward it on to Justice Department task force, and they report it to FBI so nothing slips through the cracks."

Something else that should be unnerving--Roeder testified that he talked to others about whether killing abortion providers is justifiable homicide.  We already know that Roeder had contact with Cheryl Sullenger, who is a senior official with Operation Rescue even though she tried to blow up a clinic in California 20 years ago.  It's sparked calls for a broader federal investigation into a possible network of anti-abortion extremists.  Fortunately, the Justice Department is investigating whether Roeder had accomplices--which means that Sullenger could be getting a knock on her door very soon.




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Now, I don't care in what you believe, we must not tolerate any violence in our country or anywhere else. This is not the solution for any cause you believe in, and the use of such force shouldn't happen at all. The bees pollen might be able to solve some problems with abortion and the bee pollen benefits look nice, but violence will never help anyone. Instead violent people should consider taking pollen bee so that they would act more nicely.
After taking the bees pollen supplements I have to say that I am actually enjoying to eat the bee pollen,
by honeybee on Sat May 29, 2010 at 05:36:43 PM EST


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