USA: The Murderer Who Started a Movement


The Murderer Who Started a Movement
Michael Frederick Griffin’s killing of Dr. David Gunn ignited a war on abortion providers. He could soon be a free man.

By Dahlia Lithwick
Oct. 31, 2017

Dr. David Gunn was 47 years old when he was gunned down in 1993 during an abortion protest outside his clinic in Pensacola, Florida. Today we think of this as the first targeted killing of an abortion doctor in America—the murder that led to passage of the FACE Act, which made it a federal crime to block access to clinics. It also established the battle lines in an ever more violent and nihilistic war against abortion providers, one that has led to the murders of nearly a dozen more people in the decades since.

Michael Frederick Griffin reportedly shouted “Don’t kill any more babies” just before putting three bullets in Gunn’s back. While the doctor bled to death, Griffin calmly surrendered to the police, saying, “I just shot someone.” Those attending the protest with Griffin showed no alarm at the shooting, a witness told the Washington Post’s William Booth: “It looked like they were just happy.”

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U.S.: Two Years Later, What Has Come of David Daleiden’s Accusation That Planned Parenthood ‘Sells Baby Parts’?


Two Years Later, What Has Come of David Daleiden’s Accusation That Planned Parenthood ‘Sells Baby Parts’?

Jul 19, 2017, 12:24pm Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

It has been two years this week since the anti-choice activist David Daleiden and his front group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), first burst onto the scene to accuse Planned Parenthood affiliates of illegally profiting from fetal tissue donations—or as Daleiden put it, “baby parts.”

The allegations were, and are, absurd. In fact, they are so absurd—and Daleiden’s conduct in editing and releasing the videos is so egregious—that amidst a flurry of lawsuits, a federal court just ordered him in contempt of court and handed him a bill for more than $130,000.

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MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE: Young Salvadoran woman sentenced to 30 years for miscarriage


MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE: Young Salvadoran woman sentenced to 30 years for miscarriage

July 7, 2017

On 27 June we reported in the Campaign newsletter that a young girl, Evelyn Beatriz, at the age of 18, was the victim of rape in her community and became pregnant without realising it. She miscarried the pregnancy, without even having realised she was pregnant. When she went to the hospital for care, it was treated as suspicious and she was taken away to prison and charged. She was so frightened by everything that happened to her that she did not report the rape to anyone.

The case was heard yesterday, on 5 July. Her defence called for the case to be dismissed because she was innocent of any wrongdoing and there was no evidence that she had killed the baby. However, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for “aggravated homicide” by the Tribunal de Sentencia de Cojutepeque.

Her defence team, Bertha María Deleón and Dennis Muñoz, expressed their disagreement with the ruling. They described it as “lacking technical arguments and based on prejudice”. They said “it was determined without taking into account that two expert witnesses, one in charge of the autopsy and the other in charge of the pathology study, pointed out that they had found the presence of meconium in the bronchia of the baby and this could have caused its death”. They also mentioned an irregularity that existed in the process, to do with contamination of the scene – that the police had washed the baby before it was examined by the Medecina Legal (Legal Medicine).

They said they will appeal the ruling and take it up to the Supreme Court of El Salvador if necessary.

This is only one of many other cases of women in El Salvador, mostly young and very poor, who have been sent to prison on such charges with little or no evidence. All over Latin America, women’s movement groups are condemning the courts whose judgements in El Salvador create an injustice through the lifelong sentences they are imposing on innocent young women like Evelyn Beatriz without just cause.

This court judgement is a gross violation of justice and of the human rights of all women who have miscarriages and stillbirths, for which they should never be held responsible in any form, and particularly not criminally responsible. We call on the government of El Salvador to pass legislation that will prevent women being sent to prison in this manner. We also call on them to decriminalize abortion, because it is the criminal law on abortion that the police and judges are confusing here and as a result are criminalizing any delivery of a pregnancy that does not result in a live birth. Lastly, we urge the human rights system in Latin America to offer to the government of El Salvador to provide the police and judges with training in these medical issues if they are going to continue to be forced to hear cases in which they have no medical expertise or background. This trial, like others before it, shows that the realities of women’s reproductive health matters, whether miscarriages, stillbirths or induced abortions, do not belong in a criminal court.

We are ready to organise international solidarity at the request of the movement in El Salvador.

SOURCES: Reportaje en español:, por Stanley Luna, 5 July 2017

For an in-depth analysis of all the cases in El Salvador like this one, see: Pregnancy and the 40-Year prison sentence: How “abortion Is murder” became institutionalized in the Salvadoran judicial system, by Jocelyn Viterna and José Santos Guardado Bautista, Health and Human Rights, June 2017, at:

For responses on Twitter from the women’s groups in El Salvador who have supported Evelyn Beatriz and all the women in prison like her, see: and

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UK: Stella Creasy ‘received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist’


Stella Creasy 'received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist'

Kate Proctor, Political Reporter
Thursday 6 July 2017

A London MP has called in police after receiving a death threat from an alleged anti-abortion activist saying she will die like Jo Cox.

Stella Creasy said she had received a torrent of abuse since forcing the Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish women arriving in England.

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U.S.: The Abortion Battlefield


The Abortion Battlefield

Marcia Angell
June 22, 2017 Issue

Women Against Abortion: Inside the Largest Moral Reform Movement of the Twentieth Century
by Karissa Haugeberg
University of Illinois Press, 220 pp., $95.00; $24.95 (paper)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America
by Carol Sanger
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 304 pp., $29.95

If anyone thought that Donald Trump’s manifold inconsistencies might more or less randomly offer women some protection from the Mike Pence wing of the Republican Party—after all, Trump once said of himself, “I’m very pro-choice”—they were wrong. Trump, who was once in thrall to his resident misogynist Steve Bannon, remains dependent on Pence, his omnipresent minder, and women’s reproductive rights are in his sights.

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UK: Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre


Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

By Emma Grafton-Williams

Published: 16 June 2017

Graphic images of aborted foetuses shocked passers by in a busy shopping centre this afternoon.

The image boards were displayed in Rose Lane in Canterbury by campaign group Abort67 - whose members say they are trying to educate the public to make abortion "unthinkable" and to see the law "give full protection to the unborn."

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U.S.: Dr. George Tiller was assassinated eight years ago today


Dr. George Tiller was assassinated eight years ago today
By Warren M Hern
Wednesday May 31, 2017

On this morning eight years ago, while having breakfast, I got a phone call from a member of Dr. George Tiller’s family that he had been assassinated two hours before the call. I was devastated, and my family was terrified. George was a dear friend of mine, a medical colleague, my only peer in the work that I do, confidant, and one of the only persons in the world who shared my experience in performing late abortions for desperate women with desired pregnancies complicated by horrible fetal abnormalities. The news was a shock, a drop of bricks on my life, a terrible, painful loss, and a frightening reality — but it was not a surprise. Antiabortion fanatics had been threatening George’s life for decades — as they had mine.

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U.S.: Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality


Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality
The Planned Parenthood project shows just how difficult accessing abortion can be.

By Jenavieve Hatch
May 24, 2017

As abortion access continues to come under threat in Congress, women who are trying to access the procedure are regularly confronted with anti-abortion harassment and vitriol outside of clinics nationwide. Planned Parenthood’s new virtual reality video, “Across the Line,” aims to show just how intense that experience can be.

The 8-minute video opens with a patient meeting her doctor, and recovering from the harassment she was victim to on the sidewalk.

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US/UK: Life as an abortion doctor: ‘I practiced silently due to violence – until now’


Life as an abortion doctor: 'I practiced silently due to violence - until now'

Healthcare workers face harassment, abuse and - in some cases - death.
By Lydia Smith
March 9, 2017

It's difficult to imagine working in a job in which you face violence, abuse and even death, simply for providing essential healthcare to women. But this is the sad reality for so many doctors who provide family planning advice and carry about abortions – particularly in the US.

The vast majority of abortion providers prefer to hide their identities because of the risk of harassment, but there are a number of doctors who have waived anonymity – because of the desperate need to speak out about women's civil rights.

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U.S.: Abortion Clinics Report Threats of Violence on the Rise


Abortion Clinics Report Threats of Violence on the Rise

Feb 13 2017
by Mary Emily O'Hara

A new report finds that anti-abortion violence last year was higher than it's been in 20 years — and now that newly confirmed conservative Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions will oversee law enforcement initiatives that protect an providers from harm, many advocates are on edge.

According to the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey published last Thursday by the Feminist Majority Foundation, 34.2 percent of U.S. abortion providers reported "severe violence or threats of violence" in the first half of 2016.

That number is up from 19.7 percent in 2014 — and before that, the highest recent peak came in 1995, with an average of 24 percent.

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