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Abortion Activist Foils Own Plot to Kill Doctor, Clinic Workers

By Leah Nelson on May 27, 2011 - 12:32 pm, Posted in Anti-Abortion

A Wisconsin man arrested Wednesday night after accidentally shooting a pistol  through the door of his Madison motel room faces federal charges for allegedly plotting to kill an abortion doctor and clinic workers.

Ralph Lang, 63, told police that he planned to use the gun to kill the doctor at a Planned Parenthood clinic near the motel. According to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Madison, Lang said he wanted to “lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

Lang suggested to the officers who interrogated him that they look up “Rosary of the Unborn.” The website, which sells rosaries and anti-abortion literature and paraphernalia, includes messages supposedly from Jesus. The divine messages posted this week call abortion “the greatest weapon of mass destruction” and declare that it’s responsible for “economic distress,” natural disasters ravaging the country and resource depletion. “If you will stand corrected, many problems within the heart of the world will be resolved.”

Lang, who has a history of menacing abortion clinics, told police that he had also been in Madison with his gun last week but had hesitated to commit the act because he was having “spiritual struggles.” Clinic workers confirmed that they had seen him outside the building last week, the affidavit says.

Asked if he planned to shoot anyone besides the doctor, Lang said he wanted to “line [the clinic workers] all up in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the affidavit says. Echoing a comment he made during his 2007 arrest outside a different Wisconsin abortion clinic, he said that he intended to “do what I feel police officers fail to do.”

Along with the gun, Lang had in his motel room a box of anti-abortion literature along with a U.S. map marked with dots in each state and the handwritten words “Blessed Virgin Mary says Hell awaits any woman having an abortion.”

At least eight people – including four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard and an escort – have been killed in anti-abortion violence in the U.S. According to a 2009 report by the National Abortion Federation, there have been 17 attempted murders, 418 death threats, 188 incidents of assault or battery, and four kidnappings committed against abortion providers in the U.S. and Canada since 1977.

Next Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the murder of George Tiller, a Kansas doctor shot through the eye by Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion radical with ties to the antigovernment sovereign citizens movement. Roeder was found guilty of first-degree murder and is serving a 52-year sentence without chance of parole.

  • http://www.splcenter.org/blog Hatewatch

    Thank you Pickwick, we have made that correction.

  • Pickwick

    Just one note. The website this would be murderer references is “Rosary of the Unborn” at http://www.rosaryoftheunborn.com — not “for the Unborn” which is a different site (albeit not unsympathetic to the message of the other).

  • Kathy Todt

    These assaults on women’s rights are getting worse than they have been previously. It’s amazing to me how so many states are raping Roe v Wade. How can this be happening when we have a constitutional law on the books that allows abortions? Something needs to change. Someone has to challenge these obstructions to the law.

  • Charles Austin

    Mr. Lang needs to be excommunicated by the Pope.

  • http://earleydaysyet.Tumblr.com EarleyDaysYet

    In this context, what is “an escort”? Because in Australia & the UK it means this: http://www.urbandictionary.com.....erm=escort but I assume that’s not what’s meant here.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Marylanders-Without-Shelter-Crumb/dp/0788443925/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1307034502&sr=1-1 Stephen D. Calhoun

    Do we need more inpatient psychiatric facilities?

  • Terrible Thoughts

    It seems clear that this guy has some mental health problems. There used to be (and still is, in some places) a legal doctrine of “deific compulsion”: you are, by definition, legally insane if you honestly believe that a deity told you to commit a crime. (The logic being that one of two things is true: either you are truly nuts, or you really did hear the voice of God . . . in which case, you can hardly be held responsible for defying a god, right?) What this guy seems to need more than prison time is some long-term inpatient treatment.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Yes, Ceaucescu was so “communist”, that his totalitarian dictatorship received millions in funding from the United States.”

    Indeed, they sought loans from the west and were encouraged to do so by the USSR from the time of Khruschev. This got the country into crippling debt which was one of the main charges against Ceaucescu’s regime.

    That being said, these policies were the result of de-Stalinization and the direct opposite of the types of policies Stalin recommended in his last years.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Ceaucescu was a bumbling revisionist who wouldn’t know Marxism if it landed on his head. His rationale for banning abortion was that Romania supposedly had a labor shortage.

  • Jonas Rand

    Yes, Ceaucescu was so “communist”, that his totalitarian dictatorship received millions in funding from the United States. Also, all “communist thought” is not in sync with the Eastern Bloc-type Stalinist dictatorships’ ideology, which Marx would have probably despised.

  • http://theblogthatam.yolasite.com/blog.php IludiumPhosdex

    The divine messages posted this week [by "Rosary for the Unborn"] call abortion “the greatest weapon of mass destruction” and declare that it’s responsible for “economic distress,” natural disasters ravaging the country and resource depletion. “If you will stand corrected, many problems within the heart of the world will be resolved.”

    Let’s not forget where the Romanian Communist regime under Nicolae Ceaucescu (1966-1989) banned abortion in the name of Hastening the Final Onset of Pure Socialism–never mind the clear and present danger such policies posed to a centrally-planned, state-controlled socioeconomic paradigm whose propaganda forever insisted that mass unemployment would be the undoing of capitalism, among other things.

    Especially the prospect of a labour surplus as was forever seen in Communist thinking as anathema to its ideal of a Workers’ and Peasants’ State guided by the Marxist mantra of “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” (In particular the prospect of wholesale “hooliganism” and “social parasitism” among such who weren’t working.)