Ralph Lang, Attempted Anti-Choice Terrorist

28 May

Thank God, or Lady Luck, or whomever you like: yesterday reports went out of a man arrested BEFORE he murdered a law-abiding doctor, instead of after.

The quick details: Ralph Lang, 63, drove up to Madison with a gun with the clear intention of murdering at least one abortion-providing doctor, and possibly other nurses and employees. His handgun discharged while he was at a motel, and the police were called. Upon hearing his plans, he was taken into custody.

I’m so thankful that Lang’s gun went off in his motel room. I’m also thankful he wasn’t “100 percent in sync with God” when he was in Madison last week and didn’t kill anyone. I’m thankful that he didn’t get to go to the clinic, “line [the employees] up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down” as he said he wished he could.

The other information you should know: Ralph Lang is not a “lone wolf” or a “fringe member” of the antichoice “pro-life” community. He is a sidewalk counselor (read: harasser) and was arrested previously in 2007 outside of a Planned Parenthood. He was part of a Catholic prayer vigil (read: more sidewalk harassment) in 2006, at which time he said, “it’s nice to be a part of a movement like this.” I’m sure as we learn more details we will see more connections between Ralph Lang and well known anti-choice groups.

Of course, Lang’s language is gleamed from common anti-choice propaganda. He planned “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies”- words used by many so-called peaceful anti-choicers. These ‘peaceful’ antis claim they don’t actually want anyone hurt, yet continue to repeat these phrases until they’ve convinced someone- like Ralph Lang, or Scott Roeder- to do the dirty work for them. When they call doctors murderers over and over and over again, they set the kindling and strike the match for others to take those words and follow through with them.

It’s long past time for antichoicers to stop their violent rhetoric. It was long past time two years ago, when Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church. It was long past time in 1998 when Dr. Slepian and a security guard were killed, in 1994 when two clinic receptionists, Dr Britton and an escort were killed, in 1993 when Dr. Gunn was murdered. It’s been nearly 20 years of murders- when will anti-choicers actually take a prolife stance and stop the violence?

5 Responses to “Ralph Lang, Attempted Anti-Choice Terrorist”

  1. freewomyn May 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks for pointing out the connections between Lang and Roeder. Lone wolf my ass.

  2. Jameson May 29, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Anti-choicers don’t want to stop the violence. In fact, they condone it. I will bet you any amount of money that the cowards who aren’t violent are, even as they talk out of one face how they’re glad that this terrorist was stopped, are secretly, quietly, wishing that Lang had succeeded in his grisly plans. Any violence is excusable when it’s in the name of their sick ideology. I guarantee you that if Lang had been brown-skinned and/or non-Christian, he’d be instantly branded as a terrorist in the mainstream media. But because he’s white and was acting in the name of Christianity…!

    I’ll never forget the anti-choicer who, when I expressed outrage over the assassination of Dr. Tiller, came back with this nugget: “That doctor was guilty too!” I PROMISE you, that victim-blaming attitude isn’t confined to just one person. That’s the anti-choice philosophy in a nutshell: everything and anything to preserve ideology above the individual.

    It’s also worth noting that the (Republican) politicians in Wisconsin are following in the steps of the fascist state of Indiana and trying to defund Planned Parenthood there as well. And by the PP director’s own admission, they’re likely to succeed.

    How many more women must suffer and/or die before pro-liars are appeased by these blood sacrifices? This is why we must never concede even an inch to the anti-choice misogynists and their ideology when it comes to women and their choices. As the old saying goes, “give ‘em an inch and they’ll steamroll a mile over you.” Look where we are as a result of appeasement. HALF of our country’s population is routinely demonized and treated as lower-class citizens, all because they were born with certain body parts. I genuinely fear for the future of women in America, because right now, it doesn’t look good.

  3. Gordon June 1, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I agree with KushielsMoon, freewomyn, and Jameson. The question is, What can/should we do about it? Suggestions?

  4. placenta sandwich June 2, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    What can WE do about it? I frankly don’t know. I mean, they are the ones who need to drop their weapons!

    For my part, I try to do what I can to change attitudes that subtly condone violence or are “othering” of abortion care providers. As in, we do “dirty work” and you don’t know anybody like us so what happens to us isn’t something you can empathize with. So I talk to people who aren’t so close to me (since people who are close to me already know!) about providers experiencing violence and intimidation, so they’ll be aware of the problem and maybe carry that awareness forward into other conversations, etc. And of course I write in our blog. But I’m pretty sure that such things won’t change attitudes among the crowd most likely to pick up a gun to express their opinion.

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