Terry's "The Abortion Clinic Shootings: Why?", as obvious in the title, Terry sets off to answer the question of why there is a sudden rise in violence regarding the controversial issue of abortion. His main points can be summarized in this short quote from paragraph four, "So why then, this recent violent outburst? Law enforcement officials have to look no further than Roe vs. Wade; abortion providers need look no further than their own instruments of death; and Congress and the President need look no further than the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to understand the roots of the shootings." From the beginning to the end of his essay he justifies this violence using the court case of Roe vs. Wade and the court's lawlessness, the abortion industry, and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Some good arguments are raised, but he fails to support his claims with legitimate facts.
Take Terry's blatant statement in paragraph six, "abortion is murder". Not only does he fail to define murder, he fails to expand on why he feels abortion is murder. Murder, as defined in the dictionary, is the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice. The abortion controversy always leads back to the root of the problem, which is people's religious beliefs and whether they believe a fetus is a person with a soul or not. Yet, religion and science, faith and fact, are in completely different ends of the spectrum. He relies solely on his appeal to the reader's values by using God's commandment "Thou shalt not murder" to support his claim, making a very strong point. Whereas, when the courts are making decisions about abortion, murder is not the issue they are dealing with. They deal with laws and a person's rights. .
The court's ruling in Roe vs. Wade in no way promotes lawlessness or murder. It simply protects the right of privacy as guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.