Planned Parenthood: somehow the subject of so much debate despite helping hundreds of thousands of people, not just women, across the United States, not just with abortions, but with sex ed, prenatal care, breast cancer screenings, and more. On November 27, a shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado killed three people and injured nine others. Thankfully, the suspect was detained, and hopefully, there will be some form of justice for what he has done. Unfortunately, that is not enough.
Assaults on abortion clinics are not an unusual occurrence. Many instances of violence directed at abortion clinics have been recorded, from shootings such as the tragedy in Colorado to actual bombings. While the motive of the Colorado shooter may be unknown, what is known is that this epidemic of extremist violence is a relatively unseen form of domestic terrorism. Yes, it is terrorism, as its purpose is to frighten these clinics into closing and scare women into giving birth when they are clearly not ready in protest to the legality of abortion.
However, contrary to what appears to be popular belief, closing abortion clinics does not prevent this procedure from occurring. Instead, women are forced to perform dangerous self-abortions. These procedures can have disastrous results, possibly killing the woman performing it. Studies show that, just because abortion is illegal in a country, abortion rates are not always lower.
So, why expose women to dangerous situations where they have the distinct possibility of dying? Do their lives matter less than a group of cells incapable of thinking or feeling pain? And do bombs and shootings at abortion clinics actual advance the pro-life cause?
These questions point to one simple fact: supposed “pro-life” activists are not pro-life at all. Sure, they are pro-birth, but a person’s “life” is not defined by birth. There are millions of orphans around the world, waiting to be adopted, so adding another unwanted child to the mix doesn’t help any of these child or provide them with stable housing. In the United States alone, there are approximately 400,000 children in temporary housing. Many anti-abortion advocates are conservatives who want to cut welfare spending, which supports millions of people struggling to make ends meet in an economy that favors the wealthy.
Also, isn’t murder inherently anti-life?