The pro-choice movement, specifically our abortion providers, are in the greatest danger of violence when we take power. When the anti-abortion movement loses power, their most extreme elements appear to move to the fore and take control. The murder of Dr. Tiller suggests that violence against abortion providers may be far more linked to the power, or lack thereof, anti-abortion groups have politically than to laws designed to increase penalties against such acts.
This has very scary implications, including an uptick in violence.
What can we do? Well, we can start with the suggestions posted over at Feminist Philosophers. If Page’s analysis is right, though, we need to consider demanding that the department of Homeland Security treat Tiller’s murder as the beginning of a terrorist threat. Maybe that’ll get the message across that the anti-choice forces are not welcome to harass people and it will start making the connections between the murders and some of the anti-choice rhetoric.