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Press Bias When It Comes to Abortion Violence?

Preemie As you probably wouldn’t know from mainstream media, James Pouillon, a man whom his pastor describes as a “good Christian and a faithful Catholic” was shot to death outside a high school in Owosso, Michigan, where he was protesting for the rights of the unborn using graphic images of an aborted fetus alongside a healthy infant urging “Life.”  He was a bit of a local celebrity, more like a thorn in people’s side, dubbed “the sign guy,” protesting with his signs around schools and day care centers, the public library, even football games and a local car dealership. On 9/11 while Pouillon was stationed across the street from the public school, a man in a pickup truck stopped and shot him four times with a shotgun, speeding off to commit another murder across town, this second murder apparently not directed against a pro-lifer. The shooter apparently resented Pouillon for his signs and public protests for life.

Media outlets and pro-choice advocacy groups, who had vociferously and swiftly condemned the gunning down of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in his church some weeks before, were conspicuously silent the day of Pouillon’s slaying.

Forty eight hours after Pouillon's slaying, President Obama issued a statement about Pouillon’s cold-blooded slaying in response to questions from Pro-Life groups: “The shooting last week in Michigan was deplorable. Whichever side of a public debate you’re on, violence is not the answer.” 

Contrast this with the government’s response with the response to Dr. George Tiller's killing. Before nightfall on the day of Tiller’s killing, President Obama said, “I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However  profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence." The Justice Department followed suit declaring that  “The Department of Justice will work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law,” with the President even ordering the U.S. Marshall’s Service to offer federal protection to abortion providers. A litany of Pro-Abortion activist groups condemned the violence, and bloggers were quick to suggest that anti-abortion activism by its very nature breeds violence.

Now, which pro-choice groups have condemned Pouillon’s killing?: Not NARAL. Not NOW. Not Planned Parenthood. Not Catholics for Choice.

Aren’t all acts of political violence equally deplorable?

Image of premature infant holding adults finger from Neonatolgist Dr. Jay Milstein's page at UC Davis visit here.