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Warren Hern is sick and tired of being bullied. And he's not going to take it any more. The director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic took out a full-page newspaper ad that includes a flyer distributed by the radical anti-choice group Operation Save America. Below the flyer, Hern's ad included this line: "The purpose of the flyer is to cause hate and fear. Its purpose is to get someone to kill me." [Via Feministing]

It's unclear from the news coverage exactly what the flyer says, but it does identify him by name and call him a "baby killer." According to another news report, it also reads: "Over the past three decades he (Hern) has profited from the (sic) slaughter of thousands upon thousands of innocent children. Please tell him that you are uncomfortable with a murderer in your neighborhood."

Hern told the Rocky Mountain News: "I want the people in this state to see what these fascists are doing. Whether they would pay attention is another thing. I have faith in democracy, in that you put information out and hope that people would make different decisions based on what they learn. But that faith is being severely challenged."

This is, of course, hardly the first time that Hern -- whose literally written the book on abortion -- has taken on the anti-choice groups. Here's my question: did he actually hurt Operation Save America through his actions or just give their flyer a much larger audience of potential sympathizers? I'm not quite sure, and I suspect neither is he, given the line about his faith in democracy being severely challenged.

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