I was going to write about Kermit Gosnell being found guilty yesterday, but the reaction I saw from anti-abortion sites made me so angry I had to find something else to write about in order to calm myself down. Why, you ask? Because that movement is currently giving succor to a person who is, for my money, every bit as deserving of life in prison as Gosnell. Namely, Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy advisor of Operation Rescue and director of Kansans for Truth in Politics.
For those who don't remember, Sullenger's number was found on Scott Roeder's dashboard in the aftermath of George Tiller's murder. It turned out Sullenger had been keeping Roeder informed about Tiller's court dates. Sullenger initially denied ever talking with him. Hmmm--could it be because she knew she was being irresponsible in a way that a senior member of any political organization cannot be.
Twenty years earlier, Sullenger plotted to blow up an abortion clinic in San Diego. She and her husband pleaded guilty--and only got three years in prison. The more time I've had to think about it, I've come to believe that there is NO scenario under which anyone who plans to bomb a building should ever be allowed to live among us again. Ever. I've said on numerous occasions that Sullenger is morally, if not legally, an accessory to murder. As far as I'm concerned, the judge who agreed to that plea bargain made it possible for Sullenger to help kill Tiller.
So you'd think Sullenger would have long since been cashiered by the religious right. Oh no--not only is she still on Operation Rescue's payroll, but she's been sought out for interviews. And she founded Kansans for Truth sometime after the Tiller murder.
So let me get this straight. Gosnell is demonized by the religious right, but a woman who is every bit as much of a monster as Gosnell is still a member in good standing of the anti-abortion movement. The hypocrisy here is so damned obscene that it burns.