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FBI teaming up with Planned Barrenhood to target pro-lifers? October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, foolishness, General Catholic, Society.

LifeNews ran a disturbing story last Thursday claiming that the FBI and Obama’s Justice Department had worked with Planned Parenthood to host a training seminar aimed at declaring pro-life activities as violent and extreme, including such activities as praying outside an abortion mill, counseling women entering or leaving a clinic, and otherwise exercising their 1st Amendment rights.  Perhaps most revealingly, throughout this entire document produced for the seminar, US government officials use the language of pro-abort extremists to define pro-lifers as “anti-choice” and activities such as picketing and praying as “harrassment and disruption.”   This language indicates an attitude not of benign indifference to the various merits of the life issues, but one of actively endorsing one position against another.  Is that what these highly paid federal bureaucrats do today – decide which side of moral issues to come down on (and, inevitably, they pick the wrong side)?  From the LifeNews article:

Documents LifeNews.com obtained today reveal the Obama administration partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the main focus of declaring as “violent” the free speech activities of pro-life Americans.

On August 25, 2010, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice co-sponsored a training seminar with Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation.When information about the seminar, which took place at FBI headquarters in Portland, Oregon, reached pro-life advocates, they asked officials for permission to attend and were granted access to the seminar and the training materials.

FBI and Obama administration officials provided participants with an 84-page document entitled “Resource Guide: Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers” that contained print copies of Power Point presentations prepared by the Justice Department and an analysis of alleged pro-life “violence” prepared by the pro-abortion groups.

The so-called violence perpetrated by pro-life advocates mostly contained examples of constitutionally-protected free speech, including activities such as praying, providing women outside abortion centers with alternatives information, and peaceful protesting or picketing.

Matt Bowman, a top attorney at the Alliance Defense Fund, told LifeNews.com today that the cooperation between the Obama administration and pro-abortion organizations to target pro-life free speech should cause alarm.

“The information presented in the seminar raises serious concerns over the United States government’s treatment of nonviolent free speech activities as ‘violence’ subject to investigation and prosecution,” he said.

“Abortionist organizations have long lobbied to use the law to silence free speech activities. But in this seminar the FBI and USDOJ included those views in their own training seminar materials,” he added. “This raises serious concerns about the United States government investigating peaceful, legal free speech activity in efforts that are ostensibly aimed at violence.”

The Obama administration documents, on page 39-41 specifically list the names of pro-life organizations and websites sponsored by peaceful nonviolent groups.

Wow, who would have thought that electing a radically pro-abort President who describes babies as “burdens” and thinks we’re all a bunch of bitter clingers would result in the US government using the power of the state to intimidate and shut down legitimate free speech in order to further the cause of their left wing base?  This was totally unpredictable! 

I’m sure Sr. Carol Keehan will be along any minute now to tell us how wonderful it is that the Obama Administration is working to safeguard the free speech rights of pro-life Americans.   After all, since Obamacare is “pro-life legislation” in Sr. Keehan’s opinion, I’m sure this latest move by the Obama Administration is intended to safeguard our First Amendment rights.


1. Teresa - October 4, 2010

IMO, Sr. Keehan needs to be investigated by the Vatican or her Bishop for misleading Catholics publicly in her saying that Obamacare was/is “pro-life” when it isn’t.

This is extremely alarming! Americans should be worried about their freedom of speech rights being violated by this radical, leftist president and his administration. We need to all vote November 2nd to stop this encroaching tyranny.

2. FrDarryl - October 4, 2010

If unrepentant child-killers are increasingly deaf to the voice of conscience, it seems unlikely that they hear the voice of reason regarding Enlightenment cum Catholic Social Teaching principles like freedom of speech and religion?

3. Mary - October 4, 2010

So as a pro-lifer, I’m giving my money to the government to turn around and tell me (via the FBI)that I can’t be pro-life anymore, now I’m a criminal and have no rights…yet the true terrorists (the ones who have actually KILLED people) – well, they’re not so bad.

tantamergo - October 4, 2010

Welcome to the leftist mind. Up is down, black is white, good is bad. Literally. “We see as through a mirror, darkly….”

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