Anti-Choice Extremist Leader Explains Strategy Of Cutting Off Access To Abortion By Attacking Clinics
Eric Scheidler. Photo courtesy of Matt Yonke, via Religion News Service
Most people in the anti choice movement seem to understand, at least for the time being, that they won’t be able to outlaw abortion outright. That is why they are determined to put as many regulations on abortion providers as possible, in order to drive them out of business. Recently one of America’s most radical reproductive rights opponents, Eric Scheidler admitted what the real goals of those laws are, and Miranda Blue, at Right Wing Watch, picked it up. He also talks about his dream of abortion once again being illegal in this country, and how he hopes to undo “the damage” of the sexual revolution.
The anti-choice movement has for the past several years focused, with some success, on ending access to legal abortion by regulating abortion providers out of existence. Many politicians and anti-choice groups have attempted to disguise the real motives behind such targeted regulations, which typically have no meaningful benefit to patients or providers but do force many clinics to close or incur unnecessary costs, by saying that they are merely trying to protect women’s health. However, some activists have not been shy about straight-forwardly discussing the movement’s strategy.
One of those activists is Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and son of Joseph Scheidler, one of the founders of the anti-abortion “rescue” movement.
In an interview with Christian broadcaster Jerry Newcombe yesterday, Scheidler discussed how he and his father have gone after abortion clinics in Illinois, explaining that they “go after these abortion clinics every way that we can” so that even as abortion remains legal, women will be left with no abortion clinics to go to.