Cheerleaders For Violence


Before the first murder of an abortion doctor, in 1993, the idea of activists appearing on national television to defend such crimes was unimaginable. Six more murders later, however, extremists can be seen on news and talk shows, wearing suits and ties, explaining that assassination is a credible political tactic— at least where abortion is concerned.

The following activists have aggressively promoted pro-violence views— using the Internet, in their own newsletters, and in the mainstream media. They are unquestionably exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech, but does their inflammatory rhetoric also incite those responsible for the murder and maiming of abortion clinic workers?


Michael Bray
Bowie, Maryland
Editor, Capital Area News;
Lutheran Reformation pastor

Spent 46 months in prison in the 1980s for abortion clinic bombings. Wrote A Time to Kill, which advocates the murder of abortion doctors. Organizes annual banquet to honor activists who commit antiabortion crimes. Profiled in USA Today and The Washington Post. Touted Army of God manual on ABC’s Nightline after the Birmingham bombing in January.



Neal Horsley
Carrollton, Georgia
Computer programmer

Hosts Web site containing the Nuremberg Files, which includes abortion doctors’ home addresses and photographs. Advises other
antiabortion extremists on setting
up Web sites. Founder of the
Creator’s Rights Party. Defended
the Nuremberg Files on CNN and CNBC after slaying of New York doctor Barnett Slepian last month.

C. Roy McMillan
Jackson, Mississippi
Executive director, Christian Action Group; an American Coalition of
Life Activists (ACLA) leader

Married to obstetrician who once performed abortions. Longtime friend of Paul Hill. Advocated sniper shootings of abortion doctors in The New York Times in 1994, nine days before first sniper attack in Canada. Told Time in 1995: “It wouldn’t bother me if every abortionist in the country today fell dead from a bullet.”



David Leach
Des Moines, Iowa
Publisher, Prayer & Action News; music store owner

Fired from job as journalist at suburban newspaper after publishing Army of God manual in Prayer & Action News. Printed cartoons and stories by Shelley Shannon, who is in prison for the attempted murder of an abortion doctor. Published a fictional tale about Army of God members bombing Florida clinics shortly before Florida clinics were hit by butyric acid in May.


Donald Spitz
Norfolk, Virginia
Director, Pro-Life Virginia

Publicly praised John Salvi after he killed two clinic workers in 1994.
Frequents Internet bulletin boards and posts messages like: “Praise the Lord Jesus, the Army of God strikes again!” Called sniper who killed Slepian a “hero” on ABC’s World News Tonight.



Father David Trosch
Mobile, Alabama
Catholic priest; president of Life
Enterprises Unlimited

Suspended from parish in 1993 after trying unsuccessfully to publish a newspaper ad urging that abortion doctors be killed. Promoted views on Geraldo, CNN, and NBC’s Today Show. Publishes Web site featuring gory fetus photos and a cartoon of a scale that balances the number of clinic workers killed against the
number of “aborted human beings.”


Donald Treshman
Baltimore, Maryland
Founder of Rescue America;
an ACLA leader

Arrested more than 100 times for
antiabortion activities. Solicited
donations for Michael Griffin after Griffin committed the first murder of an abortion doctor, David Gunn, in 1993. Praised first sniper shooting of doctor on Canadian radio in 1994, several days after attack.



Paul Hill
Starke, Florida
Inmate, Florida State Prison

Applauded the 1993 murder of David Gunn on Donahue and ABC’s Nightline. Killed abortion doctor and his volunteer escort in 1994. Severely
injured another escort. Wrote “Why I Shot an Abortionist,” an essay that is now on an antiabortion Web site. Awaiting execution on death row.


Andrew Burnett
Portland, Oregon
Publisher, Life Advocate magazine; cofounder, Advocate for Life
Ministries; cofounder, ACLA

Arrested more than 50 times for
antiabortion activities. Published Bray’s A Time to Kill. Stated on ABC’s World News Tonight in 1995: “I think anyone who wanted to do violence can simply open a telephone book to the abortion section in any major city and find many abortionists listed.”



Research: Jennifer Del Medico

photo credits:

One of four articles in our The Terrorist Campaign Against Abortion feature.