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April 26, 2017

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Abortion Battles: Racketeering or Righteous Protest?
Last Featured: 11/18/2002

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Overview

Anti-abortion protesters say they are creating a movement and, like national movements before them, they share information, distribute training materials, and coordinate efforts when possible. But demonstrations have turned violent and abortion rights activists argue the protesters have crossed the line using physical and verbal harassment. Such tactics they say, are not political but criminal and the perpetrators should be charged with violating RICO laws – anti-racketeering laws originally passed to combat organized crime. Are the orchestrated blockades of abortion clinics an exercise of First Amendment rights or a coordinated criminal campaign?


Guests
Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, author and social critic. She writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture. She is the author of six books, including her most recent: Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today. Before embarking on her writing career, she practiced law, as a staff attorney in the New York Legal Aid Society and the New York City Mayor's Office. She currently serves on the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union and was awarded a Smith College Medal in 1998.

Kim Gandy was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) on June 30, 2001 after serving as the executive vice president (1991-2001) and national secretary (1987-1991). As president, Gandy is the CEO, CFO and principal spokesperson for the organization. She also chairs the NOW Foundation and the NOW Political Action Committees. As Executive Vice President, Gandy was responsible for NOW's litigation docket, including NOW v. Scheidler, the subject of this debate. Prior to taking on a national post at NOW, Gandy had been active in women's rights in Louisiana for more than a decade, using her skills as an organizer and an attorney to advance issues of importance to women.

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"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

— Abraham Lincoln

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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
First Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of Access to Clinics Entrances Act
Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Section
A comprehensive list of court decisions about abortion
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Operation Save America: What is God doing in your area?
Pro-Life Americans Betrayed Again!
Pro-Life Action League information page on NOW v. Scheidler
National Organization for Woman information page on NOW v. Scheidler
Data on the levels of violence at abortion clinics from Feminist Majority Foundation and New Media Publishing, Inc
The Nuremberg Files
The ACLU's stance on NOW vs. Scheidler
The transcript of President George Bush's phone call to March for Life Participants
NARAL statistics on clinic violence
Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars
by Cynthia Gorney
Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism
by Patricia Baird-Windle, Eleanor J. Bader
The Ethics of Abortion : Pro-Life Vs. Pro-Choice (Contemporary Issues)
by Robert M. Baird (Editor), Stuart E. Rosenbaum (Editor)
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