Christian terrorists: In Texas, anti-abortion activists are caught on video sharing tactics on intimidating and harassing abortion providers, clinic staff, and patients.
A recently released video from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas, entitled “Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed,” reveals the disturbing lengths anti-abortion advocates will take to terrorize and harass abortion providers, clinic staff, and patients.
The video was recorded during a training session at the Texas Capitol hosted by several anti-abortion groups earlier this month.
The disturbing tactics outlined by the four speakers in the video include: identifying and monitoring patients, providers and clinic staff, lining sidewalks outside clinics to dissuade patients from entering clinics, tracking and cataloguing the physical descriptions and car license plates of patients, and searching tax records to find locations of new abortion providers.
In the video, Karen Garnett of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas instructs the audience on how to track license plates as well as car make, model, and description of the patients visiting abortion clinics:
“You track license plates […] coming into any abortion facility. We have a very sophisticated spreadsheet. This way you can track whether or not a client comes back.”
In the video, another speaker is met with applause after citing to the number of clinic staffers who were forced to quit after being terrorized and harassed by the anti-choice groups.
Everyday abortion providers face threats and violence. Bombings, shootings, vandalism and harassment are a constant and real threat for brave and courageous health care workers providing reproductive health care to women.
Raw Story reports anti-abortion extremists have committed multiple acts of violence against U.S. clinics and their personnel. Some clinics have been firebombed, while one physician, Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in church for the “crime” of being one of the few doctors in the U.S. who would perform late term abortions.
Since 1993, eight clinic workers, including four doctors and two clinic employees have been killed by anti-abortion violence in the United States. Since 1991, a recorded 17 murder attempts have taken place.
(H/T Austin Chronicle)