Yesterday, I interviewed several anti-abortion activists outside LeRoy Carhart's reproductive health clinic in Germantown, Md. (Operation Rescue has posted a full video of the press conference staged yesterday morning). The protest—which consisted mostly of praying, walking on the sidewalk in front of the clinic, and presenting a fetus model in a manger—remained pretty mellow.
Then there was Darnestown, Md. resident William Cooper. Cooper, a landscaper and evangelist, described himself as "angry," repeatedly referenced the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, and scoffed at the police presence protecting Dr. Carhart and his patients from similar actions. And there's more! A notebook dump on yesterday's most vociferous protester:
5. On history: "This is just like the Pharaoh killing children and throwing them to the alligators. There's no difference here."
4. On proximity: "This is too close to home. It's knocking on my door. Wherever this came from, it needs to go back there. I hope the wind it came in on pushes it back down to Hell."
3. On a graphic representation of an aborted fetus: "That child could have been you. Or me. Or this other person over there."
2. On the abortion rights supporters: "And these people call themselves pro-life. What’s up with that, pro-life? What does that mean? That doesn't mean nothing. That’s a lie from the pits of Hell, that’s what it is."
1. On women's rights: "I'm not trying to be biased. Whether it's a man or a woman making that choice, they don’t have a conscience."