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April 21 — New Obama Administration Report Says Pro-Lifers May Cause Extremist Violence

21 April 2009 — Vol. 11/No. 12

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that law enforcement officials throughout the country should regard pro-lifers as potential terrorists.

According to news accounts, a report released by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis informs law enforcement agencies around the country that they should be on the alert for “right-wing extremists,” whose ranks “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” The report is entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

The report also goes on to repeatedly insist that “the historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes” would be a “driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment.”

Pro-lifers should categorically reject the charge that their ranks are breeding grounds for extremism, along with the thinly veiled charge of racism. Those who defend the sanctity of life do not make racial distinctions. In fact, the pro-life movement has long been particularly concerned with the high rate of abortion among black women, and has sought to reduce it by providing alternatives to abortion, including privately supported homes for unwed mothers.

It is no secret that most pro-lifers did not vote for Obama. They objected to his promise to continue to sacrifice millions of unborn children–including millions of unborn African-American–on the altar of abortion. But that fact does not give license to the Obama Administration to engage in what appears to be partisan targeting on spurious domestic security grounds.

The “assessment” is also objectively untrue, of course. The pro-life movement is the largest, most peaceful movement in the history of the United States. To group tens of millions of loving pro-life activists with a handful of hateful neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups, as the report does, libels a large segment of the American population. It is deeply troubling that the government agency in charge of our nation’s domestic security would resort to such guilt-by-association tactics.


Napolitano admitted that the Department of Homeland Security broke protocol when issuing the “assessment.”

Since it was leaked to the press, the report has been criticized widely by the pro-life movement, as well as many conservative groups who feel that they have been unfairly targeted. Such was the uproar on the behalf of veterans (whom the report says are likely to be recruited because their “skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists”) that DHS executive director Janet Napolitano was forced to issue an apology.

“I know that some veterans’ groups were offended by the fact that veterans were mentioned in this assessment, so I apologize for that offence,” Napolitano told CNN. “It was certainly not intended.” She meant, presumably, that she was sorry that veterans found the report offensive. But how could they not have? Did she imagine that they would be overjoyed at being identified as being a source of terrorist recruitment?

No apology has been issued to pro-lifers who, unlike veterans, are included in the report’s very definition of “right-wing extremists.” Nor is any likely to be forthcoming from the most pro-abortion administration in American history. Move over, Bill and Hilary.

Napolitano insisted that the document is “an assessment, not an accusation,” a distinction we find downright duplicitous. After all, the point of the document is to alert law enforcement agencies to a potential threat. By singling out the pro-life movement as a potential hotbed of radical violence, then the “assessment” is essentially placing a bulls-eye on the back of pro-lifers. No “left-wing” group would ever be targeted in such an overt fashion.

If neither Napolitano nor Obama recognizes how offensive such an “assessment” is to pro-lifers, then they are truly blinded by their own bias. Either that, or they are consciously determined to make the Left the new “mainstream”, while relegating all those who disagree with Obama over babies, guns and taxes to the fringe, where here they can be dealt with accordingly.

Colin Mason is the Director of Media Production at Population Research Institute.

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