On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published an eyebrow-raising op-ed alleging that pro-lifers would begin “violence against abortion providers” due to a pro-life president not being in power.
Due to pro-lifers not holding power in either the U.S. Congress or the White House, the columnist Robin Abcarian said that she “fears” the U.S. is “going to see a spike in antiabortion aggression and violence in the coming months.”
She claimed pro-lifers’ beliefs that children in the womb should be given the right to life is “forced childbearing,” writing, “Imagine celebrating forced childbearing. Don’t they write dystopian novels about that?”
Abacarian also equated pro-lifers with individuals who were involved in the incursion of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, writing, “Many have noted the strong connection between the pro-Trump crowd that turned out on Jan. 6 at the Capitol, and the extreme Christian right,” citing a quote from an unnamed “Evangelical Christian” woman who was at the rally outside the White House—not the U.S. Capitol siege.
“I wanted to be here because I feel like the Democrats are slapping our Creator in the face,” the unnamed woman allegedly said, according to the Christian Chronicle. “Also, my Lord wants me here to fight for the unborn,” the anonymous woman reportedly added.
The comparison between pro-lifers and those who broke into the U.S. Capitol looks to equate believers in life as violent or radical. However, most Americans—including most abortion proponents—support restrictions on abortion after a certain gestational age, according to quality polling released in late January from Marist College, an A+ rated pollster by FiveThirtyEight.