For the Least of Our Brothers: On the Murder of Jim Pouillon
When Dr. George Tiller was murdered in cold-blood earlier this year, pro-abortion political partisans and the left in general wasted no time in condemning the act as one of “domestic terrorism.” Leftist blogs and news magazines declared that “words matter” – the words of the pro-life movement are what ultimately cause people who would not have otherwise done so to pick up a weapon and take a life. The entire pro-life movement, therefore, was to blame for the actions of individuals.
There is little doubt in my mind that no one in the media is going to hold the “pro-choice” movement to account for the murder of Jim Pouillon, a 63 year-old man on an oxygen tank and crutches who renounced violence, and, so far as we know, never harmed a living soul. His great and terrible crime was to simply display, in images more than words, the truth of abortion – that it almost always ends with a butchered, bloody human being. For the record, only cowards and liars fear the truth.
But let us return to the topic of words. They still matter, don’t they? Let us take the words, for instance, of the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Florida, not long ago:
“I think the people that demonstrate outside of our building are terrorists because they’re trying to deny women access to what a woman is choosing for herself”
So, to be clear: American citizens exercising their first amendment rights, who certainly cannot and do not attempt to physically prevent anyone from entering a facility, are “terrorists”. Before addressing the hypocrisy of this charge, let us look at what people such as Jim Pouillon actually do.
There are unquestionably thousands, perhaps even millions of Americans alive today because of the efforts of these “terrorists”, who provide alternatives and counseling to women who have been abandoned by society and never informed that there are people willing to help them through their pregnancies.
Because abortion, even the consideration of it, to say nothing of the actual obtainment, is so shameful to many women, most people may never know how closely the Angel of Death hovered over them during their years in what ought to have been the safest place in the world. The point here, though, is that Jim Pouillon, and others who do exactly what he did, save lives, every day.
Of course they will never be remembered in the same way as, for instance, the firefighters many of us remember today on the anniversary of 9/11. That is because the firefighters rushed into collapsing buildings to save lives that were valued across the political consensus. No one has a political problem with the average, living, breathing adult.
Jim Pouillon spent his days attempting to save lives that were considered a burden, lives that were “unwanted”, that were not powerful enough to declare explicitly what all living organisms express through every thing they do in every moment of their existence – their desire to live. The lives Jim Pouillon wanted to save are considered politically inconvenient, for every child that is born because his or her mother decided against abortion at the last moment is a defeat for the abortion industry. They were marked for death by a culture that considers human life itself to be a disposable commodity and yet they were spared; they are living testaments against the materialism and selfishness that give rise to and define a pro-abortion movement.
And yet the men and women responsible for saving these lives are described as “terrorists”. Was it not a rash generalization of Muslims as terrorists that led to a wave of violence against Muslims and even non-Muslims who looked like they might be Muslims right after 9/11? Was it not then that we were told by the same academic and media establishments that we must be very careful not to judge all Muslims for what a handful did on that day? Why did they tell us these things? Because they knew then what they forget as soon as they are confronted with people courageous enough to say “NO” to their desire to kill their children to make life easier: they knew that people would unfairly target Muslims, and single them out for acts of violence.
It sure is great to be considered just valuable enough to be valued by the left. Why, you’ll have legions of really intelligent sounding people with long lists of credentials after their names writing ethical treatises on why your existence matters and why it is wrong to treat you differently. But fall just outside of the materialist-hedonist rubric – for instance, threaten their unlimited sexual freedom – and watch out! Then you’ll only have Jim Pouillon to protect you.
Jim Pouillon may well be the victim of “pro-choice”, anti-abortion rhetoric, not only of the kind one would find in a street protest but by in the outrageous public statements made by supposed professionals and leaders in the abortion industry. A vigilante, obsessed with the idea of ridding America of a pro-life “terrorist”, inspired by the hateful rhetoric of the abortionists, decided to strike a pre-emptive blow against domestic terrorism.
Unlike those who called for restrictions on speech and guns in the wake of George Tiller’s death, however, my call is simply for those who engage in the same sort of work that Pouillon did to not give up or give in to this cowardly act of domestic political terrorism. Pray for his soul, pray for the soul of his murderer, pray that the daily and wide-scale violence of abortion one day comes to an end.