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    I can relate a story from back in the day where I witnessed disruptive behavior from the left (in this case, pro-choicers) backfire and actually make Operation Rescue look good by comparison.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 11:13:55 AM PST

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      •  Not familiar with that acronym. (0+ / 0-)

        We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

        by raptavio on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 02:06:47 PM PST

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        •  It was a guess... (0+ / 0-)

          The National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition was a militant pro-choice group starting around 1990.  They'd show up at blockades and basically start fights with the Operation Rescue protesters and the cops.  They were not welcomed by the clinics or the more mainstream clinic defense organizers.  We had the same debate about them back then that we have now regarding OWS and the "black bloc".  
          Last I heard NWROC was doing "anti-fascist" actions, and was largely composed of people from the Revolutionary Workers League.

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            this was back in the summer of 1993. I was a new father and doing clinic defense. Operation Rescue was staging a summer training session in cooperation with a local church (who went on the next year to get kicked out of Lillehammer during the Olympics) and targeted a particular clinic.

            In the weeks leading up to their arrival, the Democratic Legislature and pro-choice Republican governor passed a series of laws intended to stymie them  -- anti-stalking laws, anti-disruptive behavior laws, etc., anticipating they'd use the same tactics they used in Wichita and Buffalo the year or two before.

            Well, they were smart, and they engaged almost exclusively in peaceful, law-abiding protest, singing hymns and marching on their designated side of the entrance in full compliance with the law.

            The pro-choice people on the other side of the entrance came for a fight; the same fight they'd gotten in those other cities. And they jeered, catcalled, sneered, called names, et cetera.

            The optics wound up looking really bad for our side.

            We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

            by raptavio on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 02:57:37 PM PST

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