The Guardian July 25, 2001

The anti-abortion lobby terrorists & fanatics

Last week's fatal shooting of security guard Steve Rogers at the East 
Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic has sounded a warning that the agenda of 
the extreme anti-abortion religious right has taken the step from threats 
and intimidation, to violence and murder. The Australian Medical 
Association said the shooting was a wake-up call for all doctors to upgrade 
their security. Cait Calcutt from Children by Choice called for legislation 
to prevent protests outside clinics.

"Even though protestors claim they aren't stopping anyone from entering, 
it's physically and emotionally intimidating for the women who are getting 
safe health procedures, and the workers at the clinic", said Ms Calcutt.

Dr Jo Wainer, who with her husband Bertram set up Australia's first legal 
abortion provider, said of the anti-abortionists, "It {anti-abortion] is 
really just a mask to cover up their hatred of women. Their willingness to 
inflict pain and trauma on women is an appalling indictment of the true 
motives behind what they do."

There is a network of abortion terrorists worldwide of which Australia is 
part, according to Dr Geoff Brodie from Australian Birth Control Services.

He said the shooting was most likely a terrorist attack on abortion 
providers, not a robbery attempt, and that if it was a terrorist attack 
this person (who has refused to give his name to the police) would have had 
some encouragement or assistance. "I presume that's partly why he's been 

"I think that the fact that this act has not been decried by the Catholic 
Church or by the demonstrators outside the clinic ... if they tolerate it 
by their silence, they're condoning it, and by condoning it they're talking 
about justifiable murder", Dr Brodie told The Guardian. "We're 
looking for a clear statement from these people that it was an abominable 

The Helpers of God's Precious Little Innocents are members of an offshoot 
of a US-based Catholic fundamentalist group of the same name. They have a 
long standing presence outside the East Melbourne clinic every day, 
including the day after Steve Rogers was killed, harassing women and staff 
going into and coming out of the service.

The Helpers of God fanatics and their fellow travellers, Right to Life, 
both deny any knowledge of the man accused of the killing, and in fact deny 
there is any connection between them. Even their statements to the media 
contradict this.

Ben O'Brien from Helpers: "But we believe that violence begets violence. 
It's hardly surprising that abortion leads to acts of violence."

Margaret Tighe from Right to Life: "Unborn children are being killed there. 
When you know that, it is not surprising that somebody might want to take 
the law into their own hands."

Calling the shooting of Steve Rogers "un-Australian and very, very unkind 
and inhumane", Jo Wainer described the anti-abortion lobby as a licence for 
the violent harassment and intimidation of women and their partners. "They 
are fanatics. I have seen them literally frothing at the mouth."

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