Before even knowing the race, religion or political affiliation of the gunman responsible for the tragedy on Friday in Colorado Springs, many had already jumped to the usual spurious conclusions. Desperate for the suspect to fit the narrative, in their minds the suspect was a white Christian Republican. Within this crowd, the fact that people were dying seemed to be of secondary importance, while unleashing verbal attacks against pro-lifers, Republicans and Christians took center stage. Though most people on the left and the right condemn attacks such as the one allegedly committed by Robert Lewis Dear, entire groups of people were marginalized based on the actions of one individual.
All major pro-life leaders unanimously condemned the mass shooting on Friday. Some Twitter users, however, were quick to demand condemnation of the attacks by the Republican party. But, Robert Dear’s political affiliation is “unaffiliated.” And, though many Muslims and many black Christians are also pro-life, the anger displayed on Friday was leveled at white pro-life Christians.
The politics of cherry-picking make for a convoluted mess of a narrative.
What was not included in the narrative is the fact that there has been far more abortion-related violence committed by pro-choice individuals than by pro-lifers, since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. This is according to ProChoiceViolence.Com. Similarly, Colorado Right To Life contrasts the eight people murdered by known anti-abortion vigilantes since 1993 with the eighty women killed by pro-abortion violence (for refusing to abort their own children).
ProChoiceViolence.com, a project of Human Life International, seeks to set the record straight in regard to “violence in the fight for life.” On its website, all known incidents of pro-abortion violence, since the Roe v. Wade decision, have been compiled, including murder, sexual assault, abortion patient fatalities and other crimes.
There have been more than 300 murders and 152 attempted murders by pro-abortion individuals since 1973. In contrast, there have been fewer than 15 murders by pro-lifers during the same time frame.
Dr. Brian Clowes, the project’s director, says of the of the project: “If people truly understood how backwards the media narrative is regarding the supposed intolerance and violence of pro-lifers, compared to that of ‘pro-choicers,’ we would be having a very different conversation about abortion in our nation today.”