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This photo was taken at a women's clinic in Alabama. The photo shows (so called) "pro-life" protesters across the street from the clinic. They don't seem to be doing much, chatting among themselves. But notice something. See that camcorder on a tripod just to the right of the crucifixion picture? That camera is video recording every single car that enters and exits the clinic gates. Why do they do that? They are recording license plate numbers.
Do you have any idea how much personal information can be gleaned from a license plate number? Names, addresses. From there you can find out things like phone numbers, employers and all kinds of other personal information.
So why do they want this information and what do they do with it?
Call your house at 3AM, say "Baby killer!" and immediately hang up.
Go to your house and hang pictures of "fetuses" on your fence, spray it with fake blood and put "Murderer" on the sign for all of your neighbors to see.
Call your employer and inform them that you have had an abortion (whether you have or not).
Publish your personal information on the internet as a "baby killer", inviting further action.
Using these tactics they have sent people into mental, emotional and financial ruin. It's a vague form of thuggery that is rarely legally actionable. As much of it is anonymous, there is no criminal to catch. No actual physical harm is done. If by some rare chance a person is caught, they are charged, at the most, with a misdemeanor that doesn't carry jail time.
They wage psychological war. They terrorize people. And they use that potential to threaten women, whether they carry through with it or not. This is the type of war that Troy Newman speaks about when he says of the new Southwinds clinic where Dr. Tiller's clinic used to be, ""The abortion group may have bought Tiller’s old building, but that is still a far cry from resuming abortions in Wichita. If Trust Women wants to provide abortions then Operation Rescue will make sure the business is neither profitable nor sustainable." These are their tactics and ways that they use to obtain their objective.
What is most disturbing is that the state of Kansas harbors these people. Operation Rescue and Kansans for Life are very powerful lobbies in Topeka. They are so powerful that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts permitted Cheryl Sullenger (second in command to Troy Newman at Operation Rescue), a known Federal felon who was convicted of conspiring to fire bomb a clinic in California, to file the initial complaint against Dr. Kristin Neuhaus that led to her license being revoked. And there is no denying that, whether active or passive, Cheryl Sullenger was also complicit in the murder of Dr. George Tiller.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
EDIT: I'd like to give credit for the above photo to Leann Johnson. The photo was taken just yesterday at a counter protest to the 40 Days of Life campaign at a clinic in Huntsville, AL. However, it has been pointed out to me that the above person and his camera are not part of that campaign and has been stationed there for several weeks.