More thoughts on last night’s Game of Thrones from our Medieval manuscripts curator:
"You thought the human…erm…munchies in last night’s Two Swords was bad?
Well, cannibalism between enemies is one thing, but when a mother is forced to eat her own child as seen in this illuminated manuscript, it’s medieval desperation at its worst!”
1985: Anti-Abortion Activists Gather to Celebrate Clinic Bombings
…At this and other PLAN meetings, PLAN president Joseph Scheidler vows to stop abortion “by any means necessary.” He has previously called PLAN a “pro-life mafia.” The organization proclaims “a year of pain and fear” for anyone seeking or providing abortion.
PLAN is now the Pro-Life Action League, which is targeting clinic escort Katie Klaubisch, abortion provider Cheryl Chastine, and journalist Robin Marty for Lenten prayer and fasting.1986: Anti-Abortion Activists Attack Women’s Clinic in Florida
…Members of the Pro-Life Action Network enter a women’s health clinic, the Pensacola Ladies Center…They attack the clinic administrator, throwing her down the stairs; attack and injure an official of the National Organization for Women (NOW); blockade the clinic; and wreck medical equipment. During the attack, PLAN president Joseph Scheidler stands outside, praising the attackers and publicly claiming credit for the incident. The clinic will close for several days for repairs.
The Pensacola Ladies Center faced another tragedy eight years later, when abortion provider Dr. John Britton and his bodyguard, Lt. Col. James Barrett, were murdered by Paul Hill.
Dr. Chastine now works at the clinic of the late Dr. Tiller, who was murdered in 2009 by an anti-abortion extremist. She recently received a letter to her home from Scheidler’s wife (and mother of PLAL’s executive director), Ann, asking to meet and discuss her work.
1995: Jury Awards Multi-Million Dollar Judgement Against Anti-Abortion Activists
…The organizations Operation Rescue, Missionaries to the Pre-Born, and the Dallas chapter of the Pro-Life Action Network were found liable in over 10 months of harassment against the couple. During that time, anti-abortion activists picketed the family’s home and offices; followed them to social events, church, and elsewhere; distributed fliers calling Tompkins a murderer; and were overheard by neighbors talking about shooting Tompkins. They left frequent anonymous threats on the family’s answering machine; one such message said in part: “I’m going to cut your wife’s liver out and make you eat it. Then I’m going to cut your head off.”
PLAL has created a poster of the three pro-choice advocates and is encouraging others to share the women’s pictures on Facebook and Twitter.
1998: NOW Wins RICO Lawsuit Against Anti-Abortion Advocates
…The jury hearing the case unanimously agrees that the defendants engaged in a nationwide conspiracy to deny women access to medical facilities. The jury determines that Operation Rescue, PLAN, PLAN president Joseph Scheidler, and their co-defendants are racketeers under the RICO Act and should be held liable for triple damages for the harm their violent acts caused to women’s health clinics.
We need Christians, pro-life, pro-choice and in between, to speak out against the Pro-Life Action League. They may have pulled back from violent tactics and rhetoric to soften their image, but don’t think they’ve changed. They have created what looks like a wanted poster under the guise of religious prayer and fasting, knowing that abortion providers and advocates face daily threats to their lives enabled by these tactics.