Anti-choice wolves circling Nebraska abortion clinic

The anti-choice wolves aren’t done. Apparently Dr. Tiller’s death was not enough. Now they are going after Nebraska’s [Warning: The photos with this link are very graphic.] Dr. LeRoy Carhart. Protesters from more than a dozen states have converged on his clinic, intent on shutting him down. [** Major props to Essential Estrogen for keeping it real and keeping the rest of the world informed on this! **]

Here’s NOW’s take:

NOW Stands with Dr. Carhart in Nebraska,
Calls for Protection for Clinics Across U.S.

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

I am proud to stand here today with the heroic Dr. LeRoy Carhart and his brave staff at the Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, as well as the other fine feminist leaders who join me in saying: This clinic will stay open!

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller on May 31, anti-abortion forces have set their sights on Dr. Carhart. Operation Rescue and other opponents of women’s reproductive autonomy are descending on this clinic in an attempt to terrorize the workers and their patients, with the ultimate goal of closing down the facility. Because NOW believes that it is every woman’s right to have access to the full range of reproductive health care, we are committed to helping defend these courageous providers.

Clinic violence and harassment are domestic terrorism, plain and simple. The hateful rhetoric and attacks have grown bolder this year. As we stand in peaceful support of women’s rights in Nebraska, we know that every clinic in the United States is a potential target. I call on the Obama administration to respond to this threat using the strongest means possible, to prosecute the criminals, their funders and their co-conspirators, and to protect every provider, worker and patient across this nation.

Women are counting on us. They must not be denied access to safe, legal abortion — not by harassment or intimidation, not by bullets or bombs. Say it with me: The clinics will stay open!

And if you’re asking yourself why this should matter to a pro-choice feminist in Las Vegas (or greater Nevada), then you are missing the point. These groups are selectively targeting clinic after clinic, doctor after doctor and raising the level of fear for providers throughout the country. This is no time to sit back and feel complacent because you think you’re ass is covered. What about the women of Nebraska? What about the women of South Dakota? What about the women who live in the states where there is only ONE provider for the ENTIRE STATE?! (News flash: 87 percent of all US counties have NO abortion provider! And guess what? That includes some counties in Nevada.)

We are lucky to live in one of 16 states that have laws that protect clinics from this kind of violence (or at least make it explicitly illegal). But that still leaves 34 states with NO protection under the law! If we are blessed to live in a place where we don’t feel an immediate threat of wolves at our door, then we owe it to the women who hear them howling just outside.

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