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November-13-13

Anti-Abortion Extremists Urge Volunteers to Kidnap Women

A Facebook group called on anti-abortion extremists in Texas to kidnap women who are headed to abortion clinics.

Cicada Collective, a pro-choice group that provides a legitimate volunteer shuttle service for women going to abortion clinics, shared with their listserv an email address for folks interested in volunteering to operate the shuttles. Shortly after, the group "Praying for you" posted to the "Abolish Human Abortion" Facebook page with the email address and encouraged their supporters to volunteer and then kidnap the women in lieu of taking them to their abortion clinic appointments.

"I'm not suggesting you actually take a woman to an abortion clinic," the post read. "It's a Wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion minded woman for an hour while you DON'T take her to the clinic."

Cicada Collective became aware of the post and shared it with other women as a warning, stating, "Anti-choicers attempting to infiltrate was bound to happen at some point right? Here is a concerning message we got this morning. Other groups out there wanting to provide practical support to people seeking abortion care in Texas, please be careful."

The Abolish Human Abortion group denies any involvement, suggesting it had actually been written as an attempt to slander the group by a pro-choice campaigner.

Media Resources: News.com.au 11/11; International Business Times 11/11