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Imagine Mitt Romney as President, it's not that hard to do.  Now imagine these series of terror attacks were happening on his watch:

A series of break-ins and arson incidents have workers and patients at women’s health clinics in Atlanta on “heightened alert,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The FBI and ATF are conducting a joint investigation of what appears to be a sharp escalation in a campaign to intimidate and threaten providers of women’s health care, including abortion services. [...]

It was after the physicians’ group had made their resistance to the law known that the first break-in occurred. On Sunday, March 4, the North Atlanta Women’s Specialists’ offices were burglarized by a thief who stole two laptop computers that contained employees’ names and personal information. A second break-in took place on Saturday, March 17, when a suspect broke into the offices of The Georgia Obstetrical & Gynecological Society, again stealing laptop computers with staff members’ personal information.

What came next? Two Arson attacks in rapid succession.


The latest blaze occurred Tuesday morning at the Alpha Group OB GYN Abortion Services and Counseling on Powers Ferry Road in Marietta.

Office manager Angela Buckner said an employee saw smoke and notified other workers. At the time, there were reportedly about 17 employees along with patients in the building. Buckner said one doctor began fighting the flames using fire extinguishers.

"He saved our lives, I mean, every one of us," said Buckner. [...]

The fire in Cobb County followed an attempted arson at another women's clinic in Gwinnett County.

The FBI says it happened at a facility on Pleasant Hill Road. They said that the front window of that clinic was broken followed by a fire alarm. A K-9 later indicated an incendiary substance was present, according to officials.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI Atlanta Civil Rights Squad are also involved in the investigation.

Georgia recently passed an anti-abortion bill that places severe restrictions on late term abortions, regardless of the health of the mother.  HB 954, would ban all abortions after 20 weeks unless the pregnancy was "medically futile" a term defined in the law as ...

"Profound and "irremediable" anomalies that would be "incompatible with sustaining life after birth."

... whatever that may mean.  I'm sure the Georgia courts will have fun interpreting what constitutes a profound and irremediable anomaly "incompatible with sustaining life after birth."  Meanwhile, it should come as no surprise that the doctors who publicly opposed the bill work at the very clinics that were targeted by these crimes.

The physicians who were victims of the burglaries and Sunday’s fire did not perform abortions but they had all visited the Statehouse this session to discuss the impact of abortion-related legislation, said Dr. David Byck, president of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

“We are concerned that each of these physicians spoke with lawmakers during the session and that each then became targets of felony crimes,” Byck said in a statement.

So, so you think these acts of domestic terrorism would  would be a priority for the Romney administration or would he consider them harmless pranks?  Well, what do you think Mitt would do if he becomes our next President by hook or by crook?  Do you think the "Domestic Terrorism Task Force" would investigate these terrorist attacks against abortion providers, or do you think their main priority would be harassing, investigating and infiltrating Occupy Movements across the country?  I mean, Banks are persons too, right? And their right to be free from protests regarding their actions as "masters of the universe" certainly trumps the rights of meat puppets women and their medical care providers to offer health services.

Well, I can't really read Mitt's mind but I'm guessing he wouldn't want to offend his fundamentalist Christian supporters or make them feel "persecuted."  After all, who knows when the Supreme Court will hold that throwing Molotov cocktails at women's health clinics falls within the the free speech protections of the 1st amendment or is justified under the legal defense to criminal acts known as "Necessity."  Hyperbole?  Today, yes.  Tomorrow, in MittWorld?  Who knows?

Originally posted to Steven D on Fri May 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Abortion, Pro Choice, and Southern Action.

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