Sunday, October 15, 2006

Silence on domestic terrorism

Newsday had this item about a terrorist attack in my home state of Iowa. It certainly got no coverage in the Denver Post (I can't say about the Rocky Mountain News, as I don't subscribe). According to Jennifer Pozner, the author:
On Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in the fire.

No national newspaper, magazine or network newscast reported this attempted suicide bombing, though an AP wire story was available. Cable news (save for MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) was silent about this latest act of terrorism in America.
The terrorist attack was on a medical clinic that the attacker thought provided abortion services (it doesn't). Instead, the clinic provides a variety of women's health services to low income residents in Davenport, Iowa. Or at least it did until a terrorist tried to blow a car-sized hole in the building.

Now, I am no wild-eyed supporter of unfettered abortion rights. I support access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother's health, and fetal inviability, and I certainly do not view abortion as just another routine birth control method. But, I am astounded at the so-called liberal media's failure to report on domestic terrorists who believe that they have Jesus's sanction to murder anyone whose views disagree with their twisted logic.

What is the difference between these fanatics and those who flew airplanes into buildings on 9/11? None at all, as far as I can tell.


Blogger lovelifeandpeace said...

Incest and rape is a violent, abhorrent act and a terrible experience for any woman. But can you imagine if we ranked the value of people based on the circumstances of their conception?

Out of our desire to save someone from suffering, it is normal to wish we could erase a painful memory such as rape. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that as much as we want to, we can't.

Abortion doesn't erase a memory. Think about it. Could anything ever erase your memory of September 11, 2001?

Both victims — the woman and her child — deserve our unconditional support.

Pregnancy can be punishing, but a child is not a punishment. When someone asks about exceptions for rape and incest, we must also consider how that makes those feel who were conceived through sexual assault.

Abortion after rape or incest is misdirected anger. It doesn't punish the perpetrator of the crime, or prevent further assaults against other women.

What we need is comprehensive support for rape and incest victims who become pregnant, and to do everything in our power to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law.

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