Freedom Writer - November 1995
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Terrorist war against abortion
Violent attacks against abortion clinics continued
to escalate in December. Letter bombs were mailed to
clinics in Oregon and Ohio. Two clinics in Cincinnati
received such extensive damage in firebomb attacks
that they were forced to close.
In New York, a small bomb went off in a rest room at
the Manhattan Women's Medical Center. One person was
in the clinic when the bomb exploded. A caller had
warned officials to evacuate the building. The City
of New York has offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest
and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Dr. Martin Haskell, who owns one of the Cincinnati
clinics, said: "Whoever did this is crazy. The rhetoric
of these groups can motivate a crazy person to violence.
Maybe someone who heard one of their speeches that
abortionists have to be stopped decided to become the
savior for the group."
One of the clinics firebombed had recently been the
site of picketing by a no-choice group. On December
28, Roman Catholic Bishop John McGann lead a march
of 100 priests, nuns, and several thousand parishioners
in front of Bill Baird's facility in Hempstead, New
York. The march was for "the Feast of the Holy Innocent
and King Herod's slaughter of the babies."
"The struggle is getting fiercer and fiercer," Baird
told _The_Freedom_Writer_. Baird stated that most Americans
are oblivious to the "religious war" being waged over
a woman's right to use birth control or have an abortion.
"I think most of this nation is fast asleep," Baird
said. "Sixty-two clinics have been blown up. Hundreds
and hundreds have been invaded by anti-abortion people."
Baird said the nation must "stand up to these religious
bullies and say once and for all, 'We demand a right
to be free and we demand a right to birth control and
the right to have an abortion without the interference
of the Moral Majority or the Roman Catholic church.'"
History has taught us that religious fanatics will
stop at nothing in the name of God. Although a vocal,
and often violent, segment of these religious fanatics
continue to force their theological views on the rest
of society, the majority of Americans remain pro-choice
on the issue.
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