USA – Arson attempt, trespassing, and harassment: The consequences of extreme anti-abortion rhetoric

Arson attempt, trespassing, and harassment: The consequences of extreme anti-abortion rhetoric
"This kind of language is an invitation to that radical fringe."

Amanda Michelle Gomez
May 6, 2019

Someone tried to light Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen on fire April 8. The Texas abortion clinic, the only provider serving the Rio Grande Valley, where the average household income is just $37,000, has been around for decades. The clinic has proved resilient, outlasting Texas laws that shuttered other clinics like it.

The arsonist struck at night, after hours, when nobody was at the clinic, said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health. A neighbor noticed the fire and immediately called 911, so the fire department was able to extinguish the flames before the clinic could be too badly damaged. The clinic remained open, but there was residual smoke damage, and the staff could still smell the accelerant used to burn the clinic’s fence.

continued: https://thinkprogress.org/arson-attempt-trespassing-and-harassment-the-consequences-of-extreme-anti-abortion-rhetoric/

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Ireland – Harris brands online posts over abortion location ‘despicable’

Harris brands online posts over abortion location 'despicable'

Cormac McQuinn and Elaine Keogh
January 8 2019

Health Minister Simon Harris has branded social media posts claiming to identify the location where the first abortion is taking place under new laws as "despicable".

Mr Harris argued that, in his view, the posts were effectively an attempt to "incite harassment of women". He said he is still committed to bring in legislation for safe access zones that would ban protests in the vicinity of medical facilities offering abortion services.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/harris-brands-online-posts-over-abortion-location-despicable-37689724.html

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