Happy Roe Day


by Jeff Fecke Watch out for that truck:

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

On the 36th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, a man smashed his SUV into the entrance of the Planned Parenthood office in St. Paul this morning.

Although staff members have gotten used to protests, particularly on the anniversary of the ruling, “we certainly don’t expect this sort of thing,” said Sarah Stoesz, the president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. “”It’s never happened before and we don’t expect it to happen again”

The man, who has refused to identify himself, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, said police spokesman Peter Panos.

“We think it’s intentional because of Roe vs. Wade,” Panos said. “He’s not saying much. He was praying or chanting when the officers arrived.”

Hey, come on — he’s Pro-Life! Which is why he risked killing those women who were going to get their pap smears.

Seriously, while the Planned Parenthood facility on Ford Parkway is (for obvious reasons) secured like Ft. Knox, this guy could have killed people. I know, he was doing it for the babies in the womb™, but he seemed incredibly unconcerned about actual humans outside the womb. Which is par for the course for anti-choicers.

Meanwhile, Sarah Stoez notes the moral of the story:

“The irony is that if those protesters, like this man, would help us assure all people have access to reproductive health care, it would reduce the need for abortions,” she said.

Indeed. But of course, the anti-choice set is not interested in stopping abortion. They’re interested in keeping women’s sexuality under tight control. And so they have helped to advance policies such as abstinence-based education, which increases the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Heckuva job, anti-choicers.

Originally published 1/22/09