Operation Rescue troubles national news

Death of abortion doctor hurts, but death of two pro-life protesters in Michigan does not help them.

Operation Rescue, one of the nation’s highest-profile groups in the antiabortion movement, has told its supporters it is facing a “major financial crisis” and is close to shutting down unless emergency help arrives soon.

The group’s president, Troy Newman, blamed the economic downturn for its woes in an e-mail to donors Monday night. But the Wichita-based organization also has been under attack from both abortion rights supporters and opponents since the May 31 shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in Wichita.

Blogs and news reports have tried to show Harlan James Drake—who shot anti-abortion protestor Jim Pouillon—did so because of a grudge he had against him. However, CNN reports that Drake killed two anti-abortion protestors in two separate locations in Michigan. It is unclear if Drake has been listed as a domestic terrorist.

Authorities have charged an Owosso, Michigan, man with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the Friday shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and another man, a prosecutor’s office said.

Authorities say the suspect, Harlan James Drake, was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week.

LA Times
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NY Times
Weasel Zippers

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