WHY CAN’T WE LOVE THEM BOTH
by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke
VIOLENCE —OR A PROTECTIVE RING?
The only sure answer to stop violence against abortion facilities and their providers would be to eliminate its basic cause, that is, to stop killing babies inside. Since that isn’t going to happen in the near future, it is important to closely examine such violence. How does abortion relate to violence in American society? During a powerful speech at the February 1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child . . . And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
We believe that sidewalk counselors have been a “protective ring” around these facilities, and that legislative and judicial actions that have drastically limited and even eliminated such “protective rings” have allowed violence to escalate.
Your authors have seldom been a part of sidewalk counseling, but have been anything but disinterested observers. My own (Dr. W’s) position has been unequivocal condemnation of violence against the bricks and the persons in the abortion industry. I have held no quarter for those who kill babies, but have consistently stated that violence on the outside will never solve the violence inside. Also, while harboring the deepest respect and admiration for those heroic souls who have satin, I have had real reservations about some of their actions because of the negative public image it has created for the pro-life movement.