I could have titled this thread: “I want to bomb an empty abortion clinic at night when no one is around so that they can’t perform any abortions there but no one will be harmed by the blast. Talk me out of it.” But that seemed trite.
First, I’m not actually planning on bombing anything. I have a job, a family, and no idea how to make a bomb. I don’t even have good aim - if I threw a brick it’d probably land on my shoe and hurt me more than them. Worse, it’d draw terrible sympathy for an organization that really needs to excise itself from the evil of performing abortions and taking the bodies of babies who wanted to live and sending them off for research.
In fact, if Planned Parenthood simply stopped performing abortions, I’d never pay them a second thought. I love that they perform mammograms, that they offer preventative health checkups, that they provide care to women who otherwise can’t afford it. I’m not sure how much the organization is needed now that everyone in the U.S. is required to have health insurance and that health insurance is required to provide such care at reduced cost or no cost. But the fact is that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S., probably the only operation large enough to actually harvest corpses of murdered children and do anything with them (your OB-GYN isn’t going to take the time to package up an aborted baby and make arrangements with the local university’s lab), and so if one wanted to stop a truly atrocious deed, one should start with Planned Parenthood.
There are many legal and more morally-sound methods to doing so: petitioning Planned Parenthood itself, protesting, writing letters to Congress and to businesses to pressure PP financially to drop the abortion business, or at least drop the connections with selling or donating fetal tissues. I don’t want to discuss those here; my question remains:
Is it a sin to cause property damage to prevent a greater evil (murder of innocents) from taking place? Is it a sin to damage facilities at an abortion clinic in order to prevent abortions from taking place?