Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Letting Terrorists Win
The family of Dr. George Tiller announced today that they are going to shut down his clinic, one of the few in the country that would provide late-term abortions.
Regardless of what one's position on abortion happens to be, it is horrifying to contemplate the ramifications of their decision. The cliché, so often repeated throughout history, remains as true now as ever - if you give terrorists what they want, you encourage them to continue their behavior in the future. While I will admit that it is impossible for me to ever fully comprehend the emotional anguish that the Tiller family must feel, and thus the impetus that drove them to make this decision, I have no choice but to condemn it. Their decision to cave to the terror foisted upon them by anti-abortion zealots will, if history serves as any guide, only lead to more polarization, more terrorizing, and more bloodshed. While the human being in me can sympathize with where they are coming from, the social activist in me recognizes that when you represent a cause greater than yourself, you must become greater than yourself. The likely consequences of the Tiller family's decision (about which, let me be very clear, I desperately hope I am wrong) are proof of why this is so.