Wingnut Predicts More Abortion Clinic Violence

John Zmierak, the extraordinarily bigoted editor of televangelist con man James Robison’s rival to BarbWire called The Stream, made a prediction that sounds a lot like a threat to me, that in the wake of the incredibly dishonest videos released pushing the lie that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts there will be more violence at clinics.

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway, Zmirak praised the “pro-life journalistic heroes” at the Center for Medical Progress for their strategy of slowly releasing videos that they falsely claim show that Planned Parenthood is selling “baby parts” for profit.

“I’ve got to think that what’s coming next is even more damning,” he said. “If that continues, I think they’re going to need to put police in front of Planned Parenthood clinics to keep them safe and intact because the public outrage will just be so great.”

The prediction that Planned Parenthood clinics will need “police” to keep them “safe” is not an idle threat coming from a movement whose extreme fringes have a long history of violence.

No, it certainly is no idle threat. And he’s right, there is likely to be more clinic violence, spurred on by the lies of these anti-choice bigots who are obsessed with controlling every woman’s reproductive rights.

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  • raven

    More xian terrorism.

    This isn’t news though.

    They’ve been launching terrorist attacks for decades. Oddly enough, one of the current favorite targets are mosques.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ raven : .. and abortion clinics specifically and women generally.

    Plus Teh Gheys.

  • raven

    The recent murders in Louisiana can also be considered xian terrorism.

    Richard Houser was a fundie xian and rabid misogynist.

    He planned his attack very carefully and chose his victims “slowly and methodically” according to the news report.

    The two dead were both female. The majority of his victims were…female.


    On July 27, The Hollywood Reporter reported that investigators believed Houser chose to commit his attack in a theater playing Trainwreck due to its feminist themes and characters, as well as its lead actor’s Jewish background.

    A lot of news reports say the motive was “unknown”. Despite the fact that Houser had a long history and frequently posted his hatreds.

    The usual. Moslem terrorists are all radicalized long wolves. Xian terrorists are all mentally ill.

  • StevoR

    .. With Teh Jooz!!! Not toogfar behidn whatere their Judaeo-Xn rhetoric.

    Teh gawdless Atheists? Hardly a blip on their screen although always a handy scapegoat and target. Just not too many of them in the US of A really; relative numbers speaking.

  • StevoR

    Arrgh That’s :

    .. With Teh Jooz!!! Not too far behind whatever their Judaeo-Xn rhetoric otherwise.

  • erichoug

    I love the part about “public outrage”. Uh, dont you mean the outrage of an incredibly tiny core of violent fanatics?

  • Synfandel

    This is one of the really big differences between American society and Canadian society. We’re joined at the hip and often are hard to tell apart at first sight, but we have some fundamental differences of attitude.

    We have no law restricting abortion in Canada and even our Conservative government won’t touch the issue, in spite of calls from some of its base, because it knows that to do so would be political suicide. And doctor-approved abortion is paid for by provincial public health insurance.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Conspiracy to commit terrorist acts? Of course not, these are Christians exercising their right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion! If they were Muslims, however….

  • busterggi

    Self-fullfilling prophecies are the easiest to make.

  • bryanfeir

    And doctor-approved abortion is paid for by provincial public health insurance.

    That’s fine until you get to the Maritimes. There are no clinics providing abortion services in Prince Edward Island at all, and New Brunswick not only does not pay for abortions done in clinics (despite multiple lawsuits), but you have to have two doctors to approve to get it performed in a hospital. None of the three maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I.) allow for access to services without a doctor’s referral to start with.

    Canada’s nowhere near as good on this as it should be, and there are still politicians willing to play to the base and throw up delays in front of women. Harper’s just smart enough to know that trying to bring this front and center would likely lose him most of Ontario, Quebec, and large chunks of B.C., and thus lose him any attempt at holding on to power.

  • jws1

    Where can I go to get the honest scoop about this video that has all the fascists going nuts in the editorial pages?

  • Synfandel

    bryanfeir, you’re right: access is still somewhat problematic in the Maritimes, but public attitude is heavily pro-choice across the country—even in Alberta (Texas North).

    It’s my understanding that, while Prince Edward Island, being a tiny province, doesn’t have a clinic that performs abortions, its provincial health insurance will pay for out-of-province abortions, including travel costs. I believe this is a recent development.

    Requiring a doctor’s referral is not surprising. Pretty much everything covered by provincial health insurance requires a doctor’s order. That’s part of the way the system vets claims.

  • jonathangray

    the incredibly dishonest videos released pushing the lie that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts

    Amusing that liberals are scurrying like cockroaches to deny that PP are selling foetal body parts. What ethical objection could they possibly have?

  • Al Dente

    jonathangray @13

    We don’t object to what Planned Parenthood is doing. Our objection is that conservative assholes like you are lying about what PP is doing.

  • jonathangray

    Al Dente:

    What lies are being told?

  • Jared James

    Maybe it’s just me, but wasn’t the point of publishing these videos (several weeks after they were screened for “pet” members of Congress, without result) to inspire violence against Planned Parenthood and any potential clients?

  • Al Dente

    jonathangray @15

    Google is your friend. But since you’re either too lazy or too stupid to use google, I’ve done it for you.

  • jonathangray

    Al Dente:

    OK, so PP aren’t profiting from the sale of foetal body parts. Why would it be ethically problematic if they were?