Driving Into Protesters -- In Idaho!
The news has been full of reports that a UNC grad drove into a crowd in Chapel Hill, NC, to "punish the government of the United States for [its] actions around the world" -- Michelle Malkin has been all over the story.
While clearly much less serious, a somewhat similar incident (similar in that a car was used to hit people to make a political point) in Nampa, Idaho on Friday has not gotten nearly as much media coverage:
"A woman drove her car into an anti-abortion rally outside of a Planned Parenthood, protesting what she called "vulgar" photos of an aborted fetus.
"The incident happened at a local doctor's office where a Planned Parenthood clinic had recently been established. The clinic, which operates out of the office one day a month, does not perform abortions but does offer free birth control and emergency contraception.
"Gail Mower, 52, of Nampa, on Friday drove her car onto the sidewalk and into the crowd of demonstrators after she became concerned over one protester's sign that depicted a "gruesome" picture of an aborted fetus, she told the Idaho Press-Tribune.
"Mower said she wanted to park her vehicle in front of the sign to block it from the view of passing school children.
"She ended up running over the protester's foot, wedging it between the tire and the sign. The demonstrator was not injured. Another woman at the protest was holding a child and had to jump out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, witnesses said."
The story goes on to point out that Mower had called police earlier to complain about the sign, and also points out that most schools were out for the day.
I'm wondering if an anti-abortion person hitting pro-abortion protesters would maybe have gotten more media coverage...
Bell-ringer 2303 08 March: A commenter claiming to be Gail Mower, the driver, left this in my comment section:
"Unfortunately, the REAL STORY is so boring the papers would have never picked it up.
Protesters that normally take the "short bus" around town, called the press before the police."
I wouldn't be surprised if they did call the press first; it sounds like there wasn't any real injury. I appreciate Gail's comment (if it is her -- this is the Internet after all), even if I don't understand the "short bus" reference. As I've mentioned before, I actually support abortion remaining a legal option in general -- my reason for posting the story, as I said, was the apparent double standard of this story not being widely publicized, whereas a pro-life person hitting a pro-choice protester would have been all over the national news -- the "real story" notwithstanding.