Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortion advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, criticized anti-abortion activists for trying to distance themselves from the what many now to see to be the results of their inflammatory rhetoric.
Following the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. Hogue ranted on Facebook about what she perceives to be the incredible hypocrisy of pro-life groups who publicly incite violence against doctors who provide abortions and the women who get them, and then issue condemnations when someone takes action.
Hogue directly addressed David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Troy Newman, the president of the pro-life group Operation Rescue. The Center for Medical Progress is responsible for distributing heavily edited anti-abortion propaganda videos. The videos claimed to show Planned Parenthood doctors discussing leaving aborted fetuses intact so they can sell fetal body parts for profit. Newman, on the other hand, blatantly calls for doctors providing abortions to be “executed” in his 2000 book Their Blood Cries Out.
Both of these men have publicly stated that they do not condone the attack on Planned Parenthood, but Hogue considers their remarks insincere. She accuses Troy Newman of crying “crocodile tears,” adding that each of them are profoundly irresponsible in how they have chosen to voice and support their pro-life agenda.
Though police have not yet officially identified a clear motive for the attack, The AP reported that according to a law enforcement official, gunman Robert Dear told the police “no more baby parts” following his arrest. This seems to directly reference the anti-abortion propaganda videos created by David Daleiden and his group, the Center for Medical Progress.
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