Tiller’s clinic to be anti-abortion museum?

From the NYT:

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, said on Wednesday that his group, which had long fought to close the clinic, was considering trying to buy the squat, beige building to perhaps turn it into a memorial museum, “a tribute to the babies,” that might be open to visitors…

…”That is hallowed ground,” Mr. Newman, whose group’s national headquarters is located in another former abortion clinic he owns in Wichita, said of Dr. Tiller’s clinic. “It’s iconic of the abortion movement, of abortion itself. It holds memories — sorrowful memories for countless women and for the babies that have died there. You can’t turn it into a coffee shop. You wouldn’t pave over Auschwitz or Dachau.”


In an e-mail message, Dan Monnat, a lawyer for the Tiller family, which owns the clinic, said of Operation Rescue’s proposal. “This suggestion, or claim, is just another irreverent, extremist publicity stunt.” Mr. Monnat would not discuss it further. The family has not said what it intends to do with the clinic and land, which Sedgwick County property records show to be worth $734,100, according to an appraisal for tax purposes.

Mr. Newman, who dismissed the idea that this was a stunt, said he had, so far, discussed the notion with only a few board members. But he said he was convinced that his organization could raise the needed money if it decided to move forward with trying to buy the clinic.


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posted June 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

IMO, that is a totally ridiculous idea! There is no comparison to the camps of the Holocaust…but I guess there is in the tiny minds of the Operation Rescue folks!
The fact that Dr. Tiller was within the law while doing his work AND the fact that women were not FORCED to go and seek his help makes the idea of a museum even more ridiculous.

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posted June 10, 2009 at 11:19 pm

….the ground is defiled…but it is of course impossible to compare one atrocity to another… the concentration camps, Dr. Tillers Clinic… every horror is a hell unto itself, and is as inescapable as “Sophies Choice”….for Sophie

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posted June 10, 2009 at 11:22 pm

“hallowed ground” — what an a**.

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posted June 11, 2009 at 12:09 am

I would characterize it more as a monument to terrorism. We could put up exhibits of the Lockerbie bomb plotters, the 9/11 hijackers, Bin Laden and Roeder, the Taliban and Operation Rescue.

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