FASCIST GROUPS LINKED TO ANTI-ABORTION ATTACKS By Shelley Ettinger
From: Workers World Service
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 01:56:20 -0500 (EST)
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Workers World 3/2/95
FASCIST GROUPS LINKED TO ANTI-ABORTION ATTACKS
By Shelley Ettinger
A string of arson attacks hit California women's health clinics the
first two weeks in February. By pure luck no one was injured.
On Feb. 1, a three-alarm fire destroyed the Planned Parenthood
clinic in Modesto. On Feb. 9, someone threw a fiery tire into the
Family Planning Associates clinic in Ventura.
Two days later, the Santa Barbara Women's Medical Group clinic was
torched. And a major fire caused extensive damage to a Planned
Parenthood clinic in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 15.
All these clinics--even the one in Modesto, which does not perform
abortions--have been targets of anti-abortion groups. "Operation
Rescue" and "Missionaries to the Preborn" are currently conducting a
campaign of harassment against clinic staffers called "No Place to
Yet Teri Reiser, executive director of the "Right to Life League of
Southern California," claims she's baffled at the violence. "I'm not
sure what gives or what's behind it," she told reporters.
Really? It's no great mystery.
The most reactionary arm of the ultra-right wing--including
neo-Nazis openly espousing racist and anti-Semitic ideology linked
with anti-abortion rhetoric--has been swept into the campaign
against women's right to choose abortion.
Increasingly, these are the forces actually carrying out the
attacks. In fact, John Salvi--accused murderer of two clinic
employees in Brookline, Mass.--has been linked with several such
CARRIED AWAY WITH ANTI-SEMITISM
Most leaders in the drive to make abortion illegal again have lately
tried to burnish their images. They want to appear "mainstream"
rather than look like wild-eyed ultra- reactionary woman-hating
Their own words and actions trip them up.
In May 1989, Newsweek reported that Randall Terry, the founder of
Operation Rescue, "is critical of the Jewish doctors who he believes
perform a large number of abortions."
An August 1993 report from the Center for Democratic Renewal quoted
Tom Metzger of the ultra-racist "White Aryan Resistance" saying:
"Almost all abortion doctors are Jews. ... Almost all abortion
nurses are lesbians."
"Human Life International"--which bills itself as a "mainstream"
Catholic organization--blames a "Jewish conspiracy" for the
"abortion industry," according to a June 1994 Planned Parenthood
Carried away with anti-Semitism, some on the ultra-right take their
case even further.
According to information distributed on the Internet by Tom
Burghardt of the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights,
these groups assert that the Nazi Holocaust that killed 6 million
Jews never happened. But that's not all.
Human Life International's founder and leader, Father Paul Marx,
wrote in his autobiography that "a segment of the Jewish community
... more or less led the greatest holocaust of all time, the war on
One of the Canadian anti-choice crowd's key publications is Life
Gazette. A few years ago the magazine sponsored a forum in
Vancouver. Its topic: "Satanism and Bolshevism."
And remember Missionaries to the Preborn? That's the group currently
terrorizing clinic staffers in California.
According to Burghardt's report, MTP operates "under the broad
umbrella of the Christian Patriot movement" along with several
ultra-racist and neo-Nazi groups.
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