Abortion protestors in Germantown, Maryland have taken their crusade to roll back women’s rights to a new level. No longer content to target adult obstetricians and gynecologists, the malevolent protestors have set their sites on their enemies’ children.
Todd Stave is not an abortion doctor. He’s not any kind of doctor. He’s a Maryland landlord who happens to lease one of his buildings to a business that provides abortion services. He has been the target of angry protests demanding that he evict his medical tenants for years, but now he says those protestors have turned their ire against his young daughter.
“I understand why they protest,” he told the Washington Post. “Totally appropriate. It’s their right. They are protected by the First Amendment, and outside the clinic is probably the most appropriate place for them to express their views.”
His daughter’s middle school building, however, seems like a less appropriate location.
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“It’s horribly outrageous that they’re going out in front of a middle school,” said Stave. “It is way crossing the line. I very much respect the right of the protestors to do so in front of the clinic, or on the steps of Capitol Hill, or the courthouse. But in front of a middle school is really not an appropriate place to do anything except protest for better teacher wages or the school budget.”
As is the case with many tactics implemented by the radical anti-abortion movement, the posters displayed outside the middle school are over-the-top, even obscene. Some challenged Stave by name in an attempt to indirectly attack his daughter.
The protestors never set foot on school grounds, so there is little recourse for angry school officials who contend that the graphic photos of mangled fetuses are visible and upsetting to the students.
I guess the fight for the unborn trumps the wellbeing of the post-born.