The Deeply Disturbing World of Modern Anti-Abortion Activism
To understand how dark and ugly and mean-spirited the anti-choice movement is, it helps to understand that, for anti-choicers in Kansas at least, having an opponent murdered is not enough. You’d think after Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in his church by frequent anti-choice protester Scott Roeder, that would be enough—enough pain caused, enough lives destroyed—to send the message that anti-choicers want to send, which is that even though abortion is legal, they will inflict so much pain and misery on anyone who dares try to help women and girls (many of whose sole “crime” is being female) that others who want to be helpful will be too terrified to do the right thing.
Anti-choicers have also turned their metaphorical guns on Dr. Tiller’s colleague, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, and have successfully found a judge who is willing to strip her of her license for providing the second opinion required for third-trimester abortions in Kansas. The judge made this ruling even though the complainant in the case is a convicted terrorist, Cheryl Sullenger. The court also forced Dr. Neuhaus to pay for her own railroading through legal harassment, to the tune of $93,000, which, with her loss of income and her son’s massive health problems, means that her family is on the verge of bankruptcy.