Violence Won’t Stop Abortion

3 Jun

I ride past a clinic where abortions are performed every day on my way to and from work. It’s just a normal building, with nothing in particular that makes it stand out from the antique shops, hair salons, offices, bookstores and restaurants it’s located near. Except when the protesters are there. In fact, I never even realized what it was until I rode by one day and saw people lined up, with crosses and signs out front. They were chanting, and I was stopped at the light, so I rolled my window down to hear what they were saying. “Yes to life! No to murder!”

I see people of all ages there, making their voices heard. Some women bring their toddlers, and they run about and play while their parents chant or hand out pro-life brochures. What do I think of this? I think that this is America, and that we’re blessed to have the right to stand outside any building and protest or support what goes on there. Do I feel for the women who have to walk past this or any other clinic and have things shouted at them? Absolutely. I personally don’t believe they deserve this. I believe that until you’ve walked in that woman’s shoes, you should not judge her.

The recent murder of Dr. George Tiller should remind everyone that violence is not the way to prevent abortions from happening. Another doctor will eventually take Tiller’s place. Women will have abortions. They had abortions long before they were legal – some in horrifying ways and conditions. Even if every abortion doctor in the United States were gone, the pro-choice and pro-life groups would not stop arguing their sides, and abortion would continue to be a heated topic.

Neither side “wins” by another act of violence being committed. What Dr. Tiller did for a living was legal. You might’ve found it reprehensible or brave – but either way, it was legal. Tiller lost his life because of what he did for a living. And no one should die for that.

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5 Responses to “Violence Won’t Stop Abortion”

  1. Carissa June 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    amen.

  2. Anonymous June 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Tiller was a baby killer and now he is not.

  3. Mandi June 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Anon-He can't perform abortions anymore, true. He also can't spend time with his family, on his hobbies, with his friends, or doing anything else he did in addition to his job.Dr. Tiller did what was asked of him, and again – it was legal. Taking the life of someone because you don't agree with what they do is not.

  4. jjb June 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    It is a bit counter intuitive for a person who stands for "protecting" life to take another person's life.

  5. Anonymous June 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Actually, tho jjb will probably never look at this, he or she is wrong. If you see someone killing others (e.g., some of the shootings), killing that murderer would be because you are pro life. In the same way, societies have always insisted it is better for one to die than many (why certain Jews killed another Jew named Jesus). Are they always right? Of course not. If you are Pro-life, and truly pro life, you will be pro death penalty.Separate from that is the muder of Tiller. Due to legalities, what he did, wrong as it was, was legal. Killing him in this case could not help. But what it did do is to make it impossible for him to repent, or turn to Christ. So killing him was at least as reprehensible as any killing he did.(Notice I use the word murder when talking about what was done to him; killing when talking about what he did. The Ten Commandments uses the word murder — in Hebrew.)

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