Originally created 11/28/01

Anti-choice extremists use anthrax terrorism



The staff, board and supporters of Planned Parenthood are very concerned by the tone of Rev. Allan J. McDonald's letter of Nov. 16 and The Chronicle's title for it - "Pro-choice terrorists."

Rev. McDonald took issue with word usage, attempting to link the pro-choice movement with terrorism. The pro-choice movement, advocates for a wide range of women's health care choices, is very sensitive to the power of language.

Language has been used to rally anti-choice extremists - many, using religion to empower them - to incite violence against those with whom they disagree.

Planned Parenthood in Augusta recently was the target of two anthrax threats. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft refers to these letters as domestic terrorism.

We would hope that a religious leader and a widely read newspaper would not want to be responsible for provoking violence. Women and men who rely on us for responsible health care choices, including cancer screenings and family planning, should be able to do so safely.

Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

(Editor's note: The writer is the director of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services in Augusta.)