Friday, May 1, 2015

"Why So Many Abortion Providers Still Feel So Unsafe" -

In May of 2009, Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his local church. In October of 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot by a sniper while in his own kitchen. These deaths drew countless newspaper headlines, but for many Americans, the violence and harassment of abortion providers is thought of as a thing of the past.

To providers across the country, however, it's something they've never left behind.

Bulletproof vests, gun permits, and Halloween masks have become tools of the trade for a number of providers across the country, many of whom fear the harassment of anti-abortion activists who don't just target them, but their families and neighbors as well. It's an ongoing and mostly unspoken issue that spurred law professor David S. Cohen and attorney Krysten Connon to write the new book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, on shelves this May.

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