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“Those familiar with the fight around the right to abortion probably aren’t surprised by heightened states of alert. Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst at Political Research Associates as well as author of ‘Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy,’ told Salon that ‘the history of bombings, arsons, assassinations and more always lurk in the background of the politics of abortion. In today’s environment,’ he continued, ‘when violent mobs storm the Capitol and other governmental institutions across the country, unproven claims like [Operation Rescue’s theory] add volatility.’”

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