John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe on violence and harassment

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe said:

“It has been fascinating to watch the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the National Organization for Women (NOW) work systematically for years to blur the differences between violence and nonviolence. The key word in their campaign of disinformation was “harassment.” This word was the verbal link between rescues and bombing and made it possible for them to lump all activities together. The campaign to discredit rescues this way was already formulated in the late 1970s, when pro–abortion strategists met in New York and according to participants from the Committee for Abortion Rights against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA), agreed that rescues were nonviolent, but decided to link them with arson anyway. Later, when Congress and various state legislatures were considering bills to raise the penalties for rescuing, the key to promoting such bills was smudging the differences between violence and nonviolence.

The truth is, nonviolence is utterly different from violence. Nonviolence is not a step on the way to war. Rather, the final test of nonviolence if lesser means do not succeed, is martyrdom. Pro-abortion hecklers in Los Angeles in the late 1980s understood that, and chanted at the rescuers, “Where are the lions when you need ‘em? Bring on the lions! We want to feed ‘em!”

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe Emmanuel, Solidarity: God’s Act, Our Response (2000) 73

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Abortion worker explains how violence against abortionists “solidified” her pro-choice views

Former abortion worker Jewels Green writes about learning about murders of other abortion workers:

“There were other well-known murders of doctors and staff who worked at abortion facilities. I signed sympathy cards that were sent to the families of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett just a little over a year after Dr. Gunn was shot. Then, on December 30, 1994, two women were killed at a clinic shooting in Boston.

I imagine that some people left their jobs at abortion clinics after that. I didn’t quit, but I did wear a bulletproof vest to work for a week after the Boston killings. During this scary time, I had more nightmares about being killed at work than I did about the killing going on in the procedure rooms.

These terrible events solidified my pro-choice ideology into a steadfast commitment to ensuring that abortion would remain a legal option for pregnant women.”

Patrick Madrid Surprised by Life (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2017) 55

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Pro-Lifers must be “approachable and trustworthy”

Pro-Lifer John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe explains why pro-lifers have to be supportive and compassionate to pregnant women:

“Preborn children have the same rights to protection that anyone else has, but their protection must take into account their unique relationship with their mothers. It is not possible to harm a preborn child without going through the mother. It is not possible to hug the child without hugging the mother. A preborn child isolated from his or her mother is a theoretical construct, not reality. To protect the child, you have to deal with the mother.

If the means you use to protect a child make the mother turn away from you in fear, you have failed. Violent means are likely to do just that.

If the means you use to protect a child made her wonder whether you are approachable and trustworthy, you have failed.”

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe Emmanuel, Solidarity: God’s Act, Our Response (2000) 32-33

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