Eugenics & Contraception, part 29

This post includes stories of terrorism and murder. 

The lead author of the First Defensive Action Statement was a Presbyterian reverend who adopted the theology of Christian Reconstructionism. This philosophy favors a libertarian approach to economic issues, but a return to Old Testament moral laws and the penal codes of Moses’s day. He was defrocked for his pro murder statements made on television. 

On July 29, 1994 he staked out the Pensacola Ladies Clinic in Florida. When he identified Dr. John Britton, his bodyguard Lt. Col. James Barrett, and the bodyguard’s wife June Barrett, he approached their vehicle. Using a shot gun he fired on them at close range, injuring June and killing the two men. The shooter considered himself a martyr and remained unrepentant through the day of his death by lethal injection in 2003. 

Five months later on December 30th, a Catholic man entered the lobby of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts. He took a semiautomatic rifle from his duffle bag and began wordlessly shooting. He injured clinic assistant Arjana Agrawal and two others, and killed receptionist Shannon Lowney. Then he moved on to the next location in his spree killing. 

He drove to the Pretem Health Services office and killed receptionist Lee Ann Nichols while shouting about praying the rosary. He shot and injured clinic worker Jane Sauer. Security guard Richard Seron covered Sauer’s body with his as he returned fire. Seron was shot five times. Both Sauer and Seron survived. 

The killer was charged with two counts of first degree murder and five counts of assault with intent to murder. His lawyers tried and failed to argue he was incompetent to stand trial by reason of insanity. He was convicted in March of 1996 and found dead in his cell of apparent suicide that November. 

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