Let’s talk about the “Nuremberg Files.”
Just go to www.christiangallery.com and you’ll see this graphic and wacky website. It was created years ago by some yahoo named Neal Horsley and for years it struck fear in the heart of many a pro-choicer. Then, there were some of us who actually found it quite amusing. More about that later.
I recall we first got wind of this site right after Doctor David Gunn was murdered in Pensacola in 1993. The site is a list of abortion doctors, clinic staff, clinic owners, pro-choice legislators and leaders of pro-choice groups. The list was supposedly a list of people who would be “brought to trial when abortion became illegal.” You know, like the Nuremberg trials. To add flavor, the site is adorned with lots of red, dripping blood.
What got everyone’s attention was that soon after David Gunn was killed his name, which had been on the list of doctors, had a mysterious line drawn through it. The pro-choice community went nuts. Look, they cried in horror, it’s a hit list! They’re gonna get us all! The feds jumped all over it but couldn’t do much about it. Then, the next year, Doctor Baird Britton was murdered by Paul Hill and, oh my God, his name suddenly had a line through it! The pro-choice community couldn’t believe what was happening, they begged the federal government to shut down this website which they alleged was encouraging, if not commanding, less than normal people to go out and kill those who were on the list.
Mass hysteria paralyzed the pro-choice community.
But then there were those of us who were privately laughing about the whole thing. Those who had been regularly harassed, terrorized and stalked for years just looked at this list and chuckled. Then we started comparing notes and found it amusing that some of the folks on the list had retired years earlier or had died years before from natural causes. We also laughed that anti-choice legislators like Senator Bob Dole were on the list for some bizarre reason.
Still, the media had something sexy. They had a legal “hit list” and, as a result, Neal Horsley became an overnight talk show sensation. Or course, he denied that it was a hit list, but he was smart enough to sound like it was one without risking an indictment. And he knew the pro-choice community was scared shitless.
As for me, I was at the National Coalition of Abortion Providers at the time and I was ticked off that my name was not on the list. After all, all my colleagues were on it: Susan Hill, George Tiller, Eleanor Smeal and others. How come I wasn’t important enough to be on the list? Others in the field who were not on the list had the same reaction.
So, I picked up the phone and called Neal Horsley, who lived in Georgia at the time. He didn’t answer but I left a message asking him to please put me on his list. A few days later, I was on it!
I was back home with my friends.