Abortion clinic worker and activist Heather Corinna doesn’t support the Patriot Act, but the murder of Dr George Tiller appears to “fits squarely in its definition of domestic terrorism,” she writes for the Guardian. Abortion clinics have been dealing with this kind of violence and intimidation since the 1970s, and all of it—the clinic bombings, assaults on doctors, the outcries of war, and publication of providers’ home addresses—fit our government’s standard for terrorism.
These attacks aim to scare and intimidate the women who come to clinics and the doctors who serve them. And they do make staffing the clinics difficult. But they won’t succeed in cowing Corinna and her colleagues. “We stay because we know women need us to,” she writes. “We’re scared sometimes, but not scared enough to leave women without choices and without care.”