An unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail at a North Texas Planned Parenthood last night, apparently unaware that the clinic only provides preventative care.
Planned Parenthood of North Texas has some cleanup to do this morning after an unidentified assailant threw a Molotov cocktail at a McKinney clinic’s front door last night, shattering a window and scorching the clinic and its neighbors’ facades, the local Courier-Gazette reports.
Though Planned Parenthood clinics elsewhere in the nation clinics have been targeted with vandalism in the past, Planned Parenthood of North Texas spokeswoman, Holly Morgan, says this incident represents something new for them.
“We have not had this kind of violence at any of the other locations in the past,” she said. “I believe we’ve had some vandalism in the past but that was a decade or so ago. We have never had any kind of attack to this degree.” And that degree is of utter stupidity.
Sure, anti-abortion activists are well within their rights to fight the procedure, but using violence to make your point not only endangers people and properties, it also makes your movement look unhinged.
Scott Roeder, the man who killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, may have been a hero among the pro-lifer’s most extreme set, but he was widely criticized by the conservative movement’s influential establishment. Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council said, “As Christians we pray and look toward the end of all violence and for the saving of souls, not the taking of human life.” Another powerful entity, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, declared, “Such killing is the opposite of everything we stand for, and everything we want our culture to stand for: respect for the life of each and every human being from its beginning to its natural end.”
So, not only is the Molotov cocktail approach counter-productive for those trying to overturn a woman’s right to choose (itself an unconstitutional fight) but this particular incident is especially misguided because the Planned Parenthood in North Texas only provides preventive care, rather than abortions.
“It’s an all-preventive care location: well-woman visits, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control,” Morgan said of the clinic, which serves 4,000 women. “They don’t provide legal safe abortions, only preventive care.”
Whoever threw that Molotov cocktail either really hates condoms—which, in addition to reducing pregnancy, also diminishes STD transmission, something people of all political stripes should encourage—or is a complete ignoramus.
And people think convicts should lose the right to vote?