FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2010
NARAL Pro-Choice America Statement on Anti-Choice Extremist Randall Terry’s Meeting with Boehner’s Staff
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called reports of extremist Randall Terry’s ability to score a meeting with incoming Speaker John Boehner’s staff yet another example of the influence anti-choice extremists will have in a Boehner-led House of Representatives.
Terry sent a message to his supporters confirming the meeting, which had been reported by many blogs, including Right Wing Watch and Think Progress.
“In the Boehner-led House, having a miles-long rap sheet calling for violence against abortion providers and their patients gets you an invitation to meet with the incoming speaker’s staff,” Keenan said. “The Randall Terry meeting signifies that, when it comes to listening to the most extreme elements of the anti-choice movement, Boehner is all ears.”
After Dr. George Tiller was shot to death inside his church in Kansas, Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, referred to Dr. Tiller as a “mass murderer” and said that, “horrifically, he reaped what he sowed.”
Keenan also said that, sadly, the meeting could not be seen as a huge surprise, given that Boehner has voted anti-choice 142 times out of 142 opportunities. Boehner even voted eight times against clinic protection for women and their doctors. [House vote #580 (11/18/93); House vote #582 (11/18/93); House vote #66 (3/17/94); House vote #68 (3/17/94); House vote #157 (5/5/94); House vote #158 (5/5/94); House vote #159 (5/5/94); House vote #125 (2/14/95)]
The Terry episode comes on the heels of the National Right to Life Committee’s demand for notorious anti-choice extremist Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) to be given control over the Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee. And last week, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) promised to undermine reproductive-health programs if his colleagues select him to lead the powerful Appropriations Committee.
Keenan said NARAL Pro-Choice America has an online resource outlining the expected anti-choice attacks in the New Congress: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/get-involved/issue-campaigns/speaker-boehner.html