Susan Cahill, from All Families Healthcare, wrote an important letter we should all read about the attack on her healthcare clinic in today’s Daily Interlake. In it, she writes:
He destroyed the plumbing and heating system in the building. He then completely destroyed all my medical equipment, ripping apart, breaking every glass object, bending, stabbing knives into or punching hammer holes into, and then methodically cutting and sticking knife holes into the faces of my friends and family, including pictures of my baby grandson. In my opinion, this is NOT the act of someone who was “high” and didn’t know what he was doing, but rather someone who knew EXACTLY what he was doing. And, by the way, I don’t keep drugs in my office.
Health care is a SERVICE. I have performed health-care services for 38 years. I have patients who have been coming to me for that long. I have seen their parents and their children. I provide first-trimester abortions AS PART OF THAT SERVICE because I know that the same women who at one time in their life want and are joyful about being pregnant, may, at another, find themselves unable to bring a child into the world. That crisis used to cost them their lives. The truth is that abortions are very simple and safe procedures that most medical professionals, especially those who are trained in women’s medicine, can and should do. No woman needs to die from having an abortion.
This was an act of terrorism, plain and simple: an effort to drive a provider that offers critical medical services out of practice, terrorize its owner, and intimidate its patients. The evidence she outlines demonstrates clear intent, just as the comments on the piece reflect the intellect and values of those who support this kind of hate crime. Both demonstrate the threat abortion providers face because of the supercharged extremist rhetoric that comes from the pro-life community all too often.
That more political leaders in the Flathead and beyond have not condemned this despicable act is shameful, especially the silence from those affiliated with the radical element of the pro-life community in the Flathead. No matter how misguided one’s views about reproductive care are, there can be no excuse for remaining on the sidelines after a despicable act such as this.
Thank you, Ms. Cahill, for doing so much to protect the health of the people who’ve relied on your practice.