The Last Word | April 02, 2012
>>> a homemade explosive set off outside of a planned parenthood clinic in wisconsin last night. the clinic was closed and no one was inside of the building at the time. the health center will reopen tomorrow. rick santorum thought this was the perfect day to attack mitt romney in that same region of wisconsin for romney 's past contributions to planned parenthood .
>> a lot of other issues in this campaign where governor romney and i have been different, the life issue. governor romney is running ads out there suggesting that i'm not pro life . where governor romney and his family contributed money to planned parenthood .
>> joining me is michelle goldberg , senior writer for the daily beast . and the author of the means of reproduction. rick santorum put out a statement saying of course you shouldn't blow up planned percenthood offices but he couldn't resist saying in the same statement that we must defund planned parenthood . it's a battle that this battleground poll shows shows so far seems to have been politically beneficial to president obama .
>> that's right. actually -- typically we see an up surge in anti-abortion violence. i think it is important to noets note this is the fourth such attack, right, there were two fire bombings in 2011 . there was a clinic burned to the ground in january. and often you see an up surge in violence when the anti -- abortion movement kind of thinks it was on the verge of victory and finds themselves somehow thwarted. although that might be reading too much this to what is a singular attack and we still don't know who committed it, it seems when there is frustration among anti-abortion forces viems often results.
>> michelle, is there anyone on the anti-abortion side of our politics that you would hold up as the example of how to talk about that without ever planting the idea in anyone's head they should go and set off an explosive at planned parenthood ?
>> it is a tricky thing. on the one hand, i don't think you can lay the attacks at the feet of someone like rick santorum .
>> but it is true when you constantly say these clinics are committing mass murder , that they are, you know, that they are a site for sex trafficking and this slanders and lies that the right has spread about planned parenthood in particular in recent years is astonishing. if they are as depraved and violent as republican politicians say they are, then it seems hard to argue that somebody out this shouldn't go and attack one of them.
>> yeah. i'm not suggesting the rhetoric is intended to do that but it seems to me in a climate where we've seen violence in this territory against abortion provider and so forth this should be special caution brought to that rhetoric, which we don't see. michelle goldberg , thank you for joining us sglont thank you so much.
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