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Everyone makes up their own rules wrt religion. That's why Christianity doesn't offer a useful moral compass - anyone can persuade themselves that they're acting in god's name, and use that argument to support any action.

As for facts -

Violence at US Abortion Clinics

One source reported in late 1996, that there has been "over $13 million in damage caused by violent anti-abortion groups since 1982 in over 150 arson attacks, bombings, and shootings." 1

Many pro-choice individuals and groups blame these criminal acts on the most violent extremists in the pro-life movement. Some believe that the violent rhetoric heard from pro-lifers motivates the more radical pro-life fringe to resort to violence.
Many pro-life individuals and groups blame the violence on groups which are quite separate from the pro-life movement -- people who have little regard for human life.

It's worth reading the rest for some interesting statistics. Anti-abortion violence has been far from rare in the US.

Of course pro-life people distance themselves formally. However - inflammatory anti-abortion rhetoric is dispersed by both the Catholic and protestant churches in the US. E.g.

Rhetoric, repetition, and violence: A case study of clinic conflict in Milwaukee | College Literature | Find Articles at BNET

In addition to having organizational links to the national leaders of the antiabortion movement, Milwaukee's activists situate themselves within the rhetorical and organizational context of a broader, nationwide conservative movement. One force that links Milwaukee's antiabortion activists to this larger movement is VCY/America, a Christian radio and television network. VCY has stations in Wisconsin, Kansas, and South Dakota, and broadcasts its programs nationwide. Theologically, the network's positions are consistent with a growing movement known as Christian Reconstructionism. Reconstructionists seek to establish a theocracy run according to Old Testament law. In this society, the nuclear family would be the central unit, women would be subservient to men, and capital punishment would be the penalty for numerous crimes including homosexuality, adultery, heresy, and striking a parent (Blanchard and Prewitt 1993, 243-45; Clarkson 1997, 77-96). Consistent with this agenda, VCY programming combines support for state enforcement of "God's Word" with a desire for minimal government involvement within "Christian families." Typical programming on VCY voices strong opposition to assisted suicide, gay rights, birth control, and gun regulation, stressing the importance of parents' rights, home-schooling, and grass-roots political involvement. Abortion is discussed on nearly every program; many of Milwaukee's antiabortion activists make regular appearances. Thus, VCY acts as an important tool for framing and disseminating antiabortion rhetoric in Milwaukee, linking it to a larger right-wing agenda.


The rhetoric commonly used to discuss abortion on VCY, and in the antiabortion movement as a whole, is absolutist. This rhetoric insists that there is only one way of viewing abortion, and dismisses all opposing arguments as trivial. In her 1990 study, Condit identifies the use of such rhetoric as "overweighing." Using this strategy, she writes, speakers "attempt to show that the values and interests on their side [outweigh] those of the opposition" (1990, 159). By far the most important example of over-weighing in antiabortion rhetoric is the slogan of Operation Rescue: "If you think abortion is murder, act like it." This call to action has become a central tenet of the sidewalk "rescue" movement and has had enormous impact on the public abortion debate. Indeed, personhood of the fetus is a claim that typically goes unrefuted, even by individuals who identify themselves as pro-choice (Condit 1990, 82).

The slogan "abortion is murder" frames antiabortion discourse in two important and closely related ways. First, it articulates a defining equation: abortion equals murder. Second, it creates a closed system that eliminates competing definitions. According to this equation, abortion can be viewed as nothing but murder. The claim that the fetus is a person functions similarly, categorically excluding other definitions. Beneath Operation Rescue's moral imperative, then, lies an epistemological one-one must not only take action if one believes in the abortion/murder equation: one must accept the equation (indeed, there is no alternative to it), and then take action.

So you have a movement which is repetaedly told that abortion is murder, and which also supports the vindictive morality of the old testament.

The results aren't difficult to predict.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 10:38:34 AM EST
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