Wednesday watch: a brief history of anti-abortion violence in the U.S.

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Last week marked the 7th anniversary of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in his church by an anti-choice extremist. This video from the Thomson Reuters Foundation runs through a brief history of anti-abortion violence in the United States. In addition to the onslaught of laws that make accessing abortion nearly impossible, opponents of abortion rights use violence to interfere with abortion access. The violence and the threat of violence to make it so that doctors who would like to give women this necessary health care decide not to out of fear for themselves and their families. It’s one of the factors that contributes to this stark statistic: “Reuters reports that in 1982, there were 2,908 providers in the United States. In 2011, that number had dropped to 1,720.”

 

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Author: Rebecca Griffin

I am a passionate advocate for progressive causes with over a decade of experience organizing for social change. That organizing experience informs the way I look at the world and the challenges we face in working toward social justice. I started Of Means and Ends to write about social issues I care about and share my thoughts on how we organize in a smart, strategic way. Please visit and join the conversation.

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