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To all my DU family, with deepest thanks and gratitude, I wish you all the joys

and blessings of this season, however, wherever, whenever, and whatever, or not, you celebrate or observe.

Thank you for being my stalwart companions on our journey. And may the coming year see a real awakening of peace, joy, love, compassion and caring everywhere.

Thank you.

The Anti-Abortion Movement Has a Long History of Terrorism. A Roe Repeal Will Make It Worse.

The Anti-Abortion Movement Has a Long History of Terrorism. A Roe Repeal Will Make It Worse.
5/6/2022 by Kathy Spillar

In the face of the recent leak of a draft opinion that confirmed the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates and providers are bracing for a surge in clinic violence.

Clinic escorts watch an anti-abortion protester in the back entrance of Jackson Women’s Health Organization on August 19, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Montinique Monroe / Ms. magazine)

In the face of Monday’s unexpected leak of a draft opinion from Justice Samuel Alito that confirmed that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates and providers are bracing for a surge in clinic violence. In a Wednesday call, officials with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security raised concerns about an increase in violent rhetoric from far-right aggressors in the wake of the draft opinion’s release. And private intelligence groups have released reports detailing violent reactions and threats to bomb clinics and hurt pro-abortion protestors on far-right online forums in response to the draft leak. For nearly 50 years, as anti-abortion legislators in states around the country have chipped away at the constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion, they have done so with the steady drumbeat of violence at their back. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the most recent attack on the constitutional right to abortion last December. The question in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is whether Mississippi’s ban on pre-viability abortions is constitutional. Under the Supreme Court precedent set by Roe v. Wade in 1973 and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey in 1992, the answer is clearly no.

Though violence and threats of violence directed against abortion providers have been a prominent aspect of abortion in the United States since Roe was decided, anti-abortion legislators would like to ignore this history. Instead, they try to frame the history of post-Roe abortion as a “hard issue” and one of mere “controversy” that should be settled by these same state legislators. But decades of violence make clear that the debate over abortion in America isn’t a matter of some “civil disagreement.” It is the subject of unrelenting attacks by those who have no regard for the rule of law. In the decision expected within the next few months, if the Supreme Court overturns or severely guts Roe v. Wade, it will send an unmistakable and dangerous message: that the violence against abortion providers has worked.

Mississippi provides a dramatic illustration of how extremists have employed violence and other lawlessness to reduce access to abortion. After a rapid expansion of abortion services in Mississippi in the years immediately following Roe, anti-abortion extremists waged a campaign that included stalking, intimidation and violence against doctors who provided abortion care. This campaign was not isolated or sporadic but sustained and pervasive. The campaign of violence and threats was effective, coinciding with a sharp decline in the provision of and access to abortion services in Mississippi. In fact, Jackson Women’s Health Organization—now the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi and the target of the law at issue in Dobbs—was established in response to the clinic closures that resulted from this anti-abortion violence. At the time of its founding, only one other provider offered abortions for Mississippi residents.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization in on August 17, 2021. (Montinique Monroe / Ms. magazine)

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Anti-abortion extremists have employed and continue to employ violence and threats as part of a deliberate strategy to reduce or eliminate abortion, with a concerning number of anti-abortion extremists openly endorsing violence. Shortly after Gunn was murdered by Griffin in 1993, a statement signed by 34 extremists was released, stating:

“We, the undersigned, declare the justice of taking all godly action necessary to defend innocent human life including the use of force. We proclaim that whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child. We assert that if Michael Griffin did in fact kill David Gunn, his use of lethal force was justifiable provided it was carried out for the purpose of defending the lives of unborn children. Therefore, he ought to be acquitted of the charges against him.” Over the years since, several more versions of the statement were released, each time adding more extremists as signers.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election electoral vote certification. (Roberto Schimidt / AFP via Getty Images)

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For samuel alito: May you experience every single second of the fear and pain,

the agony and uncertainty, the medical consequences, the crippling debt, the lack of autonomy and agency, every single moment of grief and heartache, every single moment of horror and despair, of every single victim of your insane, woman-hating, theocratic, power-grabbing BULLSHIT.

As I decree, so mote it be, three times three.

Last I looked, scrotus was neither DoD or State, and there are NO state

secrets, NO sensitive intelligence, (little verifiable mental acuity amoung some members, either) involved.

So why the screaming poutrage? It is not as if these woman-hating scum have not been telegraphing their intentions. There is no real surprise here. But let us have screaming, foaming-at-the-mouth hysteria over it.

One wonders what in the hell they are hiding that is worse than that which we already know or at least suspect.

May they, and all their enablers and supporters, receive everything they deserve.

My response to the idiot insisting that I remove my mask, because the mandate

has been overturned: "I choose not to listen to the opinion of a partisan, medically ignorant, judicially unqualified, hand-picked, federalist society saboteur." I know, too many syllables, but my claws needed sharpening.

I have come to the conclusion, looking at the insane, woman-hating bills coming

out (MO being top of the list today), that the people demanding and writing these bills are reincarnations of those who tortured and killed women during the Burning Times. They did not get us all then, though Goddess knows they tried, and it looks like they are back to finish the job.

All the patriarchal, murdering, hate-filled christofascists thugs can go fuck themselves. They know that their numbers are waning, this is their last-ditch effort to exert control, or burn it all down. May they receive everything they deserve.

About adults controlling what children read.: I am watching the growing insanity

of whackdoodles. . .errrrrr, "concerned parents" and other "concerned" adults, .like the mayor in MS, and I want to add my observations and perspective.

When I was in elementary school, my reading levels were years ahead of whatever grade I was in. As I used to tell the banned books crowd, in the second grade I was reading books that they, as presumed adults, still could neither read nor comprehend.

In high school, I had the run both of our school library, and the public library. I read widely, outside of school subjects, anything that interested me. Neither my parents nor my teachers bothered me.

The idea that some stranger, or group of strangers, likely not up to my interests or reading levels, whose worldview was nowhere near mine,, could dictate what I could or could not read, or have access to, would have had me screaming at the school board even more than I already had been.

The arrogance, the hatred for intelligence and learning, the absolute fear in these small-minded, authoritarian, mind-controlled simps, is frightening. They were not fit to tell me what I could read or study way back when, and they most certainly are not qualified to do so now.

May they receive everything they deserve.

So do I have this correct? A number of politicians, and would-be pols, are posting

pictures of their "christmas" cards showing them and their families with assault weapons? From what I vaguely remember from catechism, this holiday celebrates the birth of a being, one of whose titles was "prince of peace". Pretty sure that does not mean being armed with things designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible ( also vaguely remember something about "thou shalt NOT kill". I could be misremembering.), and claiming to be doing it in that entity's name. Personally, if I were that entity, I would be a trifle miffed.

Am I missing some logical connection here? Was some new version of that story recently discovered? A new rosetta stone? Or are they all just lying, pandering hypocrites who think all the rest of us are stupid?

"I hate every one of you. I wish I had never been born."

Some 45 years later, those anguished, angry words still echo in my mind.

I was at a rally for Roe in Sacramento in the mid 70's. Of course there were the woman-hating, gestational slaver protestors there, one of whom threatened me, right in front of police. But that is another story.

One of the speakers at the rally was a young woman. She stood at the microphone, looked toward the protestors, and said, "i am the woman that you people forced to be born. My mother was raped, and she could not get an abortion, because of you. My life is a living hell. I hate every one of you. I wish I had never been born."

I will never forget that young woman and her pain. And I do not want to hear about how she needed help for her anger and hatred. We need to do everything in our power to make certain that there are no more such tragedies.

May all who interfere with a woman's right to full autonomy, all their enablers and supporters, receive everything they deserve.
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