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n Nov. 27 last year, a vicious gunman opened fire on health care providers at a Planned Parenthood community clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing three people, including a local law enforcement officer. It was later learned that the assailant had been motivated in part by extreme anti-abortion rhetoric related to the false allegations that Planned Parenthood has been profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. In 2009, respected physician Dr. George Tiller was gunned down during a worship service at his church in Wichita, Kan., after he was publicly cited in the media and even on the Floor of the House of Representatives as a practitioner of late-term abortions. Since 1993, there have been 11 murders and 26 attempted murders resulting from extreme anti-abortion violence, not to mention more than 200 arson attacks since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

Perhaps just as tragic as these crimes is the reality that they might have been prevented had politicians and commentators refrained from crossing a very dangerous line. By combining a relentless barrage of accusatory and dehumanizing rhetoric with the release of specific identification of individuals and organizations, they bear some culpability for creating the conditions that led to these crimes.

Yet, having failed to learn from the very real and very dangerous consequences of extreme rhetoric and the publication of names and personal information of those who provide reproductive care services, House Republicans are now placing other health care practitioners, researchers, patients and first responders in danger — this time in our home state of Maryland.


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[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
From Planned Parenthood:
In one of the most unbelievable assaults we've seen, the Kansas State Senate will vote any day now on an outrageous bill that will strip women of their fundamental rights and radically change the doctor-patient relationship.

The new bill in Kansas will require doctors to lie to their patients and tell women seeking abortions that the procedure will increase their risk of breast cancer — even though the science says otherwise. Even worse, the new bill protects doctors who withhold information about possible fetal anomalies and health risks from a pregnant patient if the truth might lead her to end her pregnancy.

This bill is a betrayal of women — not just in Kansas, but everywhere. It tells women and their doctors that politicians know better than they do. We must stand up for women in Kansas: Tell state lawmakers in Kansas and beyond to stop playing doctor. They need to stop interfering with women's most private medical decisions.

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