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Anti-Abortion Violence: Why the Religious Right Owns It

In this new piece for Salon, I discuss the religious right and its relationship to anti-abortion violence. In the wake of last week’s murders at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, it’s time to examine the roots of America’s obsession with the abortion issue and the propensity of some to react to it with violence. If we look at the historical timeline we find that abortion-related violence did not begin when abortion was legalized, but that it began when fundamentalist Christian groups and leaders belatedly decided to make it a hot-button issue. Full Salon story is here.