Friday, December 18, 2009

In History: December 25, 1984

This is the fifth post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Ladies Center, after it was bombed in June 1984.

Given that next Friday is Christmas Day, and I'm not sure I'll be posting an In History column that day, I wanted to make sure I had a chance to mention this: Twenty-five years ago, on Dec. 25, 1984, three abortion clinics were bombed in Pensacola, Fla. Yes, on Christmas Day, two 21-year-old men and two 18-year-old women bombed three abortion clinics. Luckily no one was hurt, but the three clinics sustained a lot of damage -- and one of the clinics, the Ladies Center, had been bombed months before, in June. The other two weren't even abortion clinics, per se (as most aren't); they were OB/GYN offices that offered some abortions.

All four people were convicted of various charges. The two men served jail time, the two women got probation. One of the men called the bombing "a gift to Jesus on his birthday." (But religion doesn't inspire violence, right?)

Here's hoping everyone who celebrates any holiday this time of year has a safe one, and is prepared to keep up the fight for choice in the new year.

Read more about the Pensacola abortion bombings here, here and here. For a list of anti-choice violence, visit this page.

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