Bloomington Herald-Times, February 17, 2012. (Comments)
To the editor:
There are arguments that can be made to support abortion rights that can generate civil discussion. When abortion rights advocates counter-protest the Rally for Life with signs like "free vasectomies for pro-lifers" and "fun ends at conception" they demonstrate they are not interested in legitimate discussion.
Abortion rights advocates attempted to deny abortion opponents' free speech by trying to shout down our speakers. These tactics discredit abortion rights activists and show their "arguments" are not worthy of respect.
But it got much worse four days later, when pro-abortion extremists wearing bandannas over their faces (a common street gang tactic) hurled water balloons and chunks of ice melt at abortion opponents peacefully picketing Planned Parenthood. This is far from the first time this has happened, as abortion opponents have been subject to physical assault, death threats, and objects thrown from moving cars.
This was an act of terrorism, plain and simple. The use of violence to intimidate political opponents from expressing their views is the dictionary definition of terrorism. Does Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal (who voted to fund Planned Parenthood every year between 2000 and 2006) have the integrity to prosecute these terrorists to the fullest extent of the law?