Todd Stave, son of an abortion provider and landlord to Dr. Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, draws the line at anti-choice crazies showing up at his daughter’s middle school:
Rather than be intimidated or back down from this bullying, Stave chose to give anti-choicers a taste of their own medicine. He started taking down the names and phone numbers of the people who called him in protest and had volunteers call those people back to “thank them for their thoughts and tell them, ‘No, he will not be shutting Dr. Carhart down,'” Rachel Maddow reported last night. (Legally, he couldn’t do that even if he wanted to.) Stave also set up a website that responds to anti-abortion protesters and offers resources for victims of their bullying.
Watch the video of his appearance with Rachel Maddow. This is what courage looks like.
Link from Amanda Marcotte on Facebook: the aforementioned Dr. Harrison, an abortion provider from Arkansas, has died at the age of 75.
“I have chosen to ride this tiger unquietly, raking its side with verbal spurs, swinging my hat and whooping like a cowboy.”
Since Dr. Harrison was unable to provide abortions in the third trimester, he sent his patients with pathological late pregnancies to Dr. Tiller’s office for his services and often gave them gas money for the trip. To quote Dr. Tiller, again:
“Abortion is not about babies, or families. It is about women’s hopes, dreams, potential, and the rest of their lives. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.”
Scott Roeder has been convicted of first-degree murder.
Defense attorney Mark Rudy told jurors in his closing argument that Roeder “thought that the babies kept on dying” and he had to stop Tiller from “killing more babies.”
Okay, first of all, I don’t know how much the prosecutors disclosed at trial about the facts of Dr. Tiller’s practice, but it wouldn’t have taken a very complex argument to demonstrate that most of those fetuses were never going to have lives outside the womb. The rest, assuming they were born alive, would have grown up without their mothers. I find it charming (and by charming I mean repulsive) that Roeder “struggles” with the idea of abortion to save the life of the mother. It’s good to know that a woman’s life may or may not be more important than what she’s gestating. So, it looks like the jury saw through that nonsense.
I’ve already pointed out that it’s the pregnant women, not the doctors, who make abortions happen.
Most of all, as long as I’m on the subject, there’s something else I’d like to point out about the abortion debate.
I snaked this video off Ta-Nehisi Coates, who snatched it off Feministing:
I didn’t know before that Dr. Tiller’s father was also an obstetrician.