Last Tuesday night someone firebombed a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas. While this occurred when the clinic was closed and no one was hurt, as a North Texas resident I am curious why I’m learning about local news from a national news source five days after the attack. Considering the amount of press that’s followed the alleged plot to attack Fort Hood soldiers as well as the continued press on the 2009 Fort Hood attack one might think that someone throwing a molotov cocktail at a clinic might make the evening news. After scouring the internet for local news coverage I managed to come across a WFAA report and this Pegasus News article.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Abortion Federation, there were a total of 96 incidences of violence – including murder, death threats, vandalism, arson and bombing – against US and Canadian abortion clinics in 2010. Why is it then that incidents like the one that occurred last Tuesday night are undermined as random acts of vandalism than what it truly is, domestic terrorism.