For Week ending August 27, 1994
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CLINICS REMAIN ON HIGH ALERT
At Montana clinics, bullets continue to arrive in the mail with
the names of doctors etched on them. Death threats come in by
mail and phone to clinics all over the country. In one city, a
death threat was made via a local radio station.
On August 9, a manager at the Planned Parenthood clinic
discovered a bomb outside the clinic. A composite drawing of a
woman seen near the clinic soon after the bomb led to the
arrest of Helen Virginia Ames, 33, of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Ames has been ordered held without bail pending trial. Her
court-appointed attorney said he will file a motion to have
Ames tested to see if she is psychologically competent to stand
trial. Ames was convicted in 1992 in Clearwater, Florida, of
making a bomb threat on the phone to police. (source: personal
reports and AP)
RADICAL REACTIONS TO FLORIDA MURDER
Catholic Priest Rev. David Trosch has led the way encouraging
anti-choice activists to kill abortion providers. Since Paul
Hill murdered Dr. John Britton and James Barrett last month,
Trosch has become a media celebrity. His many television
appearances have included the Today Show, CNBC and dozens of
local news broadcasts. Among his many quotes excusing these
gruesome murders were these gems: "God smiles on those who
take a life to save the lives of the 'unborn.'' and ''Defending
innocent human life is not murder.''
Advocates for Life released a statement saying that ''while
Paul Hill may have been genuinely concerned to protect children
and justified in shooting abortionist John Britton, he may have
been wrong in the shooting death of the bodyguard.''
Donald Spitz, spokesman for Operation Rescue Chesapeake,
reacted to the murders with this statement, "If there was a
sniper in the school yard sniping off children one by one and
the only way you could stop him was by stopping that sniper ...
you would stop that sniper.''
Michael Bray, a Bowie, Md., pastor who served four years in
prison for bombing clinics in the Washington area and has just
written a book called ''A Time to Kill,'' said, ''There is no
prohibition in the Bible against killing.'' The ancient Hebrew
word translated as ''kill'' in the commandment ''Thou shalt not
kill'' does not refer to self-defense, Bray argues.
All of these activists say they would not themselves kill a
doctor. They say they are either too important to the cause,
too committed to their families or too smart to publicly
proclaim their intentions. Before the recent murders in
Pensacola, Paul Hill assured several friends that he would not
himself resort to violence. (source: Reuters)
RANDALL TERRY FINDS A NEW PLATFORM
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, is working with the
radical right U.S. Taxpayers Party (USTP) launching a new
"leadership institute" to train "militant" and "unmerciful"
activists. Terry has recently assumed a leadership position at
the USTP, writing newsletters and speaking at events. He says
he plans to run as a USTP candidate in the state of New York in
1996. "I'm anxious to run," he said "I am chomping at the bit
to actually be in office."
Terry said a new "leadership institute" will be held near his
hometown of Binghamton, New York in October and will offer
"three days of intense training on vision, courage, biblical
ethics, raising up a cadre of people who are militant, who are
fierce, who are unmerciful to the deeds of darkness, unmerciful
to the ideologies of hell." At the same conference Matthew
Trewhella, leader of Missionaries to the "Pre-born" urged
delegates to form armed militias and to establish a "militia
day" in their churches. Conference organizers sold copies of a
manual on how to create an armed underground army. Jeffrey
Baker, USTP National Committee member touted that "Abortionists
should be put to death" during his convention speech. the
audience erupted in applause.
The U.S. Taxpayers party is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia.
In 1992 the USTP presidential candidate, Howard Phillips, ran a
series of controversial campaign commercials which featured the
photograph, name, and home address of medical directors at a
Planned Parenthood in Iowa while the narrator stated "Howard
Phillips urges you to contact these baby killers and urge them
to mend their ways. A vote for Howard Phillips is a vote to
prosecute the baby killers for premeditated murder." and
addresses of local abortion providers. (sources: AP and
KLAN SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS
Ku Klux Klansmen have been demonstrating at clinics in Florida
in full Klan robes. They said they were protesting both
against abortion and the presence of federal marshals assigned
to guard the clinics. Operation Rescue leadership asked members
not to picket as long as the Klan are at the clinics. Klan
spokesman J.D. Alder told Reuters "I am selectively opposed to
abortion. I don't care if blacks and Jews have abortions."
(source: San Jose Mercury News)
If the stories above bother you and you'd like to fight back
against the ever-increasing threat of right wing terrorism,
there is a resource manual that can help. It's called HOW TO
WIN: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DEFEATING THE RADICAL RIGHT IN YOUR
COMMUNITY and it contains more than 50 articles, checklists and
organizing tips to help you find allies and defeat anti-liberty
extremists. You can order a copy for $25 from the National
Jewish Democratic Council, 711 2nd Street, NE, Suite 100,
Washington, DC 20002 or call 202-544-7636.
PROCHOICE RESOURCE CENTER, INC. - these folks publish an
excellent quarterly newsletter documenting the good work of
hundreds of pro-choice groups around the country. If you're
looking for some case studies of successful pro-choice
projects, contact them at 174 East Boston Post Road,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543. 800-733-1973
Information Sources: California Abortion and Reproductive
Rights Action League-North, Alan Guttmacher Institute,
Reproductive Freedom News, Voters for Choice, Culture Watch,
Political Woman, various Congresspersons, various newspapers,
C-Span, CNN, Reuters, AP, and UPI. Editor: Kathy Watkins,
Administrative Director, CARAL-North