Larger agenda



I would like to thank all the medical personnel and staff at the Blue Mountain Clinic for continuing to provide quality reproductive services, including abortion. They are courageous folks who face the risk of violence every day simply by going to work.

In the wake of the cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller, those of us who support legal abortion must redouble our efforts to make clinics safe for both the providers and their clients.

This was not an isolated killing of a single abortion doctor. It's part of an ongoing, organized effort to incite violence against abortion providers. We must demand that action be taken against the very real terrorist threat perpetrated by American right-wing extremists like Randall Terry and his followers. We must demand that those who incite violence against abortion providers, like Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must demand that the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, passed in 1994 to make violence against abortion providers a federal crime, be rigorously enforced. We must stand up and proclaim our majority support for the right of access to safe, legalized abortion or lose that right to murderous fanatics who won't stop at closing down the few remaining abortion clinics. Their agenda is much larger than that.

Robin Spaziani, Missoula

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