A group of abortion protesters stood quietly along the sidewalks of Hardin and Office Park Drive this afternoon in Little Rock. They have been out periodically during the past year protesting the Family Planning Clinic located on Office Park Drive. One protester, who did not give his name, said he is religiously motivated.
According to research, most follow that stereotype. They protest primarily for religious or socially conservative beliefs. When the Supreme Court ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws could not be used against demonstrators peacefully protesting at abortion clinics if they followed certain guidelines, protests grew monumentally.
Although peaceful protests are not illegal, violent protests are and have not been uncommon.
According to ReligiousTolerance.Org, “Frequent violent protests against abortion clinics, in the form of arson, firebombing, and vandalism, started in the early 1970′s in the U.S. after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade theoretically gave abortion access to all women — at least during their first trimester.
Then, as now, most of the violence appears to be mainly criminal activities by religiously-motivated individuals acting alone. However, cases in the 1990s involving the assassination and attempted murder of abortion providers in both the U.S. and Canada have shown that some perpetrators appear to have been sheltered by a network of sympathizers.”
Physicians and staff who work at abortion clinics have been violently persecuted. It is because of these incidents, that one does not drive by abortion protesters with any sense of peaceful demonstration.
As one person quietly asked, ”Is it necessary to protest at a clinic, when it is the law that they so dislike?”
The death of the infamous Kansas Abortion Doctor George Tiller is a reminder of how serious this issue can be for so many. There are hundreds, if not thousands of cars that travel Hardin Drive in Little Rock. Some honk their horns when they see this man. Some simply look the other way.