Abortion

Pro-Tiller Resolution Blocked in Senate

| by Jill Stanek

Last week the US House unanimously passed Democrat-sponsored House Resolution 505, expressing "condolences to Dr. Tiller's family" and condemning "violence and murder" in one's "place of worship."

(Removed from the final version was, "Condemning the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was shot to death at his church on May 31, 2009.")

Well, 3 pro-abort senators couldn't leave well enough alone, as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) admitted in a statement:

... Shaheen, [Barbara] Boxer [CA] and [Amy] Klobuchar [MN] were asked adopt the House language in the Senate, but decided to move forward with their resolution, as they feel condemning violence against women's health care providers and agreeing not to use violence as a means of resolving differences are not objectionable viewpoints.

Shaheen called their version "non-controversial." It sought to indict the entire pro-life movement for extremely rare acts of vigilante violence as well as claim Tiller's murder had only to do with unambiguous "health care services." Note the A-word is never mentioned:

Condemning the use of violence against providers of health care services to women.

Whereas Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS was shot to death at church on Sunday, May 31;

Whereas there is a history of violence against providers of reproductive health care, as health care employees have suffered threats and hostility in order to provide crucial services to patients;

Whereas the threat or use of force or physical obstruction has been used to injure, intimidate, or interfere with individuals seeking to obtain or provide health care services; and

Whereas acts of violence are never an acceptable means of expression and always shall be condemned: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate---

(1) Expresses great sympathy for the family, friends and patients of Dr. George Tiller;

(2) Recognizes that acts of violence should never be used to prevent women from receiving reproductive health care; and

(3) Condemns the use of violence as a means of resolving differences of opinion.

According to LifeNews.com, "[P]ro-life lawmakers asked her to remove language from the resolution praising abortion and told her they would support it should it only condemn abortion-related violence. She refused and the measure failed."

According to a pro-abort report, a lone unnamed senator put a hold on the resolution.

And in the aftermath, the intended goal was made clear. Wrote Jill at Feministe (you know, the site with the logo of a young girl wielding a gun):

We've... long argued that the systematic and ongoing violence against women's health clinics is not the work of lone wackos, as the mainstream media and anti-choice groups often portray it; rather, fault lies with the mainstream "pro-life" movement and a right-wing political establishment that tacitly condones and even promotes anti-choice violence. [The resolution's loss] is a pretty good example.

Bravo to senators for not caving.