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Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism Hardcover – May 4, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

While national prochoice organizations have focused on defending women's reproductive rights on legal grounds, they have largely sidestepped a major problem at the grassroots: terrorist attacks on abortion providers. But what use is the "right" to an abortion if there aren't enough clinics or doctors willing to endure threats and violence to perform them? ask abortion provider Baird-Windle and social worker Bader (who has written for PW). Their shocking, month-by-month chronicle covers acts of sabotage, bombing and murder over more than two decades. According to the authors, the "antis" (as the prochoice movement calls them) are usually white males of a paramilitary bent, informally ordained by fundamentalist Christian sects, led by skillful manipulators like Randall Terry and fueled by what Terry calls "righteous testosterone." To make matters worse, law enforcers are often unwilling to uphold the law when it comes to abortion, leaving clinic providers to defend themselves. Whether RU-486 can change the terms of battle is, unfortunately, too recent a question for consideration here. While the entries in this volume are startlingly repetitious, and the authors have made no attempt at elegant prose, they offer a piercing wake-up call and a useful reference work for any women's rights activist or civil libertarian. (May)Forecast: The recent election of an antiabortion president and the appointment of a U.S. attorney general whose antiabortion views are well-known have renewed anxiety about women's access to legal abortion that may spark some sales. The probable trial of antiabortion activist James Kopp for the 1998 murder of abortion doctor Barnett Slepian may also cast a spotlight on the book, though it's more likely to be talked about than bought.

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From Library Journal

This work chronicles events from the front lines in the anti-abortion movement in the United States and Canada over the past 40 years, describing major and minor crimes against family-planning clinics and personnel. The authors also review relevant court cases, laws, and law enforcement activity and provide excerpts from anti-abortion literature, news accounts, and extensive personal reflections on events. Professional anti-abortion activists, religious groups, political parties, and public officials all play a role. Much of the material consists of accounts from 190 interviews conducted by the authors with abortion providers. As owner of a women's clinic and plaintiff in a Supreme Court case on clinic access, Baird-Windle was also an active participant in many events. Coauthor Bader is a social worker, writer, and reviewer for LJ. This book is full of material of interest to activists and students, and its sources are well documented. The blow-by-blow recitation of events emphasizes the length and intensity of the ongoing siege on clinics. While there are other books on clinic violence, none covers such a broad time and geographic span. Recommended for public and academic libraries, public policy, criminal justice, and social sciences collections. Mary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs., NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (May 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312239254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312239251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joni Scott on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am currently writing Bill Baird's autobiography. His U.S. Supreme Court victory, Baird v. Eisenstadt knocked out every birth control law in 1972. This set the foundation for Roe v. Wade. After three years of researching the history of the pro choice movement via 375 boxes of documentation, I feel confident in stating that "Targets of Hatred" is "right on target".
The online anti-abortion reviews of the book show first-hand the hatred that heroic abortion clinic medical professionals face daily. Chip Rohlke stated that the book is "pure bunk" however, was not compelled to document his claims. He said he has known co-author Baird-Windle and her husband for 15 years yet furtively leaves out in what capacity. I am doubtful he is a family friend. Was he a regular picketer at her clinic? Did he picket her home; a chilling tactic that "Targets" discloses? Chip and others like him never discuss the fate of women if they get their wish and abortion becomes a crime. Before Roe 10,000 women died annually from quack abortions. Opponents to abortion are blind to the fact that their own relatives may die if they are successful. Tragically, this happened to the parents of Becky Bell. They were once anti-abortion activists turned pro choice because their 17-year-old daughter died of a botched abortion. While Chip and others vilify clinic owners and some lie stating that women die routinely of abortion this is simply false. Bill Baird (the "Father of the Abortion Movement") whose book I am writing, ran three clinics for three decades. Not one woman died. In the world of fact, the antis forget to state that abortion is nine times safer than childbirth.
Chip claims to know of a former clinic owner whom he states forced women to have abortions.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. Beverly Kelly on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an important book, crammed with information about the activities of those who violently--in every sense of the word--oppose a woman's right to choose. It's quite readable which is surprising in a book with almost 50 pages of documentation. (But it's reassuring to have that documentation since some of the anti-abortion violence would be otherwise unbelievable.)The organization, chronological beginning in l962 and coming up to 200l, makes it easy to dip into without gettng "lost" if you don't want to read it straight through. And the descriptions of both abortion providers and those trying to destroy them (and their practice) are clear and poignant. Quotes add to the impact of those descriptions.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phyllida Howe on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The existing reviewers of "Targets of Hatred" are hypocritical - they are the villains of this book.
This work opens the window and lets in the fresh air on the viciousness that parades itself as "prolife." Because good people differ on one point, the moment at which life - not just existence - begins, there is not and never has been consensus on abortion. However, that doesn't deter the zealots who assert they and only they know what God desires. The fact is that the Bible is mute on abortion in all books, and there is no Mission from God listed therein. But the self-appointed and self-anointed feel no compunction about harassing those who believe women are vastly more important than zygotes.
This book illuminates the courage, dedication, and grief of a provider, of supporters of hers and of choice, and of ordinary people besieged by vicious zealots. Patricia Baird-Windle with the help of Eleanor Bader have shown the real face of the "pro-life" movement that is as rotten to the core as its witch-hunting predecessors of 300 years earlier. Ms. Baird-Windle has endured the unendurable as have so many in other cities such as Buffalo, NY. The evil followers of the so-called "pro-life" movement in fact are pro-death. They poormouth about the fetuses while detesting the living human beings such as Baird-Windle and all women in general. This book is a must-read for anyone who thinks the protestors are little old ladies who love babies. The anti-abortion movement of today has become the mainstay for men who love to kill and harm, to harass and maim. These dark and cruel figures cannot stand the glare of this clear and unyielding spotlight which shows how slimy and unChristian these tormentors really are. Read this book and see the unvarnished truth.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
So many people are averse to talking about how abortion providers are targets of domestic terrorism. Targets of Hatred proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is a part of the everyday lives of abortion providers and their families and vigilant, dedicated clinic defenders around the country. Shame on the pro life Christians who turn a blind eye to the outrage and the violence. Shame on the law enforcement officials of both political parties who through their negligence are complicit in an unprecedented crime wave of political violence. Anyone who has previously turned a blind eye to clinic violence may now see the long term pattern of harassment and violence against people practicing medicine entirely within their legal and constitutional rights.
The only limitation of this powerful and necessary work is that it is weak on the political context of the Christian Right and how anti-choice violence fits. For this corollary perspective, I recommend Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy by Frederick Clarkson, which does an outstanding job of explaining the theocratic vision behind much antiabortion violence and detailing connections to the militia movement. Also useful is Wrath of Angels, by James Risen and Judy Thomas for more on the history of Operation Rescue.
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