Pro-Lifers' Crosses -- Like the Burning Crosses of the KKK?

On Wednesday’s Democracy Now program on the taxpayer-subsidized radical-left Pacifica Radio network, host Amy Goodman devoted the whole show to lionizing late-term abortionist George Tiller, gunned down on Sunday in his church in Kansas. Tiller’s colleague Dr. Susan Robinson vehemently denounced pro-lifers for breaking all kinds of city ordinances for their use of city property, and she even compared their crosses to the Ku Klux Klan’s:

So, these anti-abortion protesters—and let’s not call them "pro-life." You know, they’re not pro-life; they’re anti-abortion. These anti-abortion protesters would come every morning. They had little kind of holder locations drilled in the grass in the easement between the sidewalk and the street, which is city property. And I don’t know how many, over a hundred, 150 or so, I would guess, and these are little receptacles where they would put crosses. And so, as the patients would drive up to the clinic, they’d be faced with this forest of crosses....

They [city officials] said the crosses are not signs; they’re religious symbols. Well, I think they’re religious symbols like a cross on the lawn of a black person that you set on fire is a religious symbol. I mean, they were not being used as religious symbols.

On Monday's show, also devoted to Tiller, Goodman played allegedly heroic words from Tiller about how he would gladly perform abortions on girls under 10, including his own daughters:

There are pivotal patients in everyone’s practice. This girl on my left is nine-and-a-half years old. She can from Southern California with her mother and her aunt for a termination of pregnancy. I told them that I -- she was too far along, and I couldn’t help. There were some stories in the newspaper about Dr. Tiller is getting ready to kill babies for a nine-year-old. I don’t know how that happened. But I was trying to explain to my daughters, who were ten and nine at the time, about why I had planned to do this procedure. My ten-year-old daughter said, "Daddy, you’ve got" -- I was about thirty seconds into explaining about this, because, you know, these are nine- and ten-year-old girls that I’d had. And what they said -- what Jennifer said was, "Daddy, a ten-year-old girl, a nine-year-old girl shouldn’t be pregnant, and simply not by her father or her grandfather or her uncle." My ten-year-old daughter already knew about sex, about babies. And I, of course, thought that she could car date when she was 35 years old by herself.

What one of the things that my father taught me was that to be credible in medicine, you must require for your patients the same care that you would require for your family. I made a decision that if my nine- and ten-year-old daughters at that time were in that situation, I would do the procedure. I did it for this girl. It turned out marvelously. There were no problems, no complications. And I made that decision at that time that I was going to help as many people as I possibly could. And age was -- if a woman was or a girl was able to get pregnant, we should be able to do a termination of pregnancy.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis