By: Ryan Shaw Re: FASCIST GROUPS AND ANTI-ABORTION ATTACKS Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 01:56:20

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By: Ryan Shaw Re: FASCIST GROUPS AND ANTI-ABORTION ATTACKS From: Workers World Service Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 01:56:20 -0500 (EST) Reply-To: ww@wwp.blythe.org 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 Hide." 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 groups. 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 terrorists. 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 report. 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 unborn babies." 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. -30- (Copyright Workers World Service: Permission to reprint granted if source is cited. For more information contact Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011; via e-mail: ww@wwp.blythe.org. For subscription info send message to: ww- info@wwp.blythe.org.) ___

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