There’s been a disturbing number of criminal incidents surrounding Atlanta OBGYN clinics over the past few months. The AJC brings news that the FBI is investigating, and also shows a disturbing connection among the victims.
Four of the five offices targeted are run by doctors who had voiced concerns — sometimes publicly, sometimes privately — about the so-called fetal pain bill, which shortened to 20 weeks the time frame during which women can have an elective abortion.
“These are despicable acts and if there is some relationship between these acts and the legislation, then it’s even more outrageous,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “I’m concerned that Georgians might have some fear of coming to the Capitol and voicing their opinions on legislation. Obviously, that troubles me.”
Four physicians interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some of whom declined to be named, said they suspected — but could not prove — that whoever targeted their clinics was exceptionally well informed about their activities in the Capitol during the 40 days of the session. Even those activities that occurred out of the public eye.
“The circle of people is not that large,” said John Walraven, a lobbyist for the Infertility and Perinatology Consortium of Georgia. “That’s what’s creepy about it.”
Despite using a double negative, Georgia Right To Life’s Dan Becker denounced the crimes:
“We are an organization that has never not worked with the FBI against domestic terrorism,” Georgia Right To Life President Dan Becker said Thursday. “We have a zero tolerance policy for any kind of acts of violence against abortionists, or anybody related — patients or doctors.”
The acts against these doctors and their clinics do not help protect innocent life. They instead put other innocent people in jeopardy. Further, the appearance that doctors who speak up publicly about proposed legislation is nothing short of domestic terrorism. There is no nicer way to frame it.
Anyone committing these acts under the name of Christianity does not know my Christ, and there is not a fire in hell hot enough for them. I’ll still try to phrase that a bit more calmly when I turn this into a column for later.