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Hackbarth’s ‘insignificant’ actions

by rachel_nygaard on December 2, 2010 · 11 comments

“I understand why the police and the security guard thought what they might have thought, but it really was insignificant to me.” – Representative Hackbarth

Tracking down a woman you met once while carrying a gun is an insignificant act? Even if you remove the fact that he was carrying a gun, a man that felt the need to track a woman down when he felt she wasn’t being completely honest with him is stalking behavior.


“She gave me some line of baloney, and I thought, ‘well, she’s fibbing to me.’ You could tell, and I thought, ‘well, I’m going to check it out.’ and I went there to see if she was around and her vehicle was not there. And I was just checking on her,” he said.

The ‘boys will be boys’ dismissal of his actions by the conservative bloggers astounds me.  When is this type of behavior ever okay?  

This is the GOP blogger Mitch Berg commenting on the Hackbarth issue.

Remember – in the world of domestic law, including “abuse”, “domestic violence”, “stalking” and the like, men are considered guilty until proven innocent.  

Going on to say that

Everything Is Stalking

He later qualifies his more offending statements (not those listed above) but the misogynistic attitude seethes from his post.

Clearly, Mitch Berg and Rep Hackbarth have a different moral compass than the rest of us.  I truly hope that they educate themselves about domestic abuse and difficulties protecting women, men and children from domestic assault. Isn’t it reasonable to believe that I have to right to not be followed or tracked by a man carrying a gun? I can personally attest to the fact that getting an order of protection is not an easy act, nor is the enforcement of it.  I was lucky enough to have police where I worked, but most people don’t have that luxury at home or at work.

This situation has also been compounded by his choice to park in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood (which is no where near the shopping areas).  The sad fact is that behavior like Rep Hackbarth’s is all to common and often carries over to violence against women’s clinics.

Kathi Di Nicola – Planned Parenthood

Unfortunately, the threat of clinic violence is a reality for many reproductive health care providers.  The safety and security of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us. I can’t speak to Representative Hackbarth’s actions, as those questions are best answered by him. We do have a sign posted on our buildings that states that handguns are not allowed on PPMNS premises.

It is important to reiterate that PPMNS is committed to providing the women and families that rely on us for health care with a safe environment.

These issues of clinic violence are very real, every day occurrences.  Ask anyone who lives in the area of the Ford Parkway Planned Parenthood, there are always people out front yelling at those who work or use the clinic. I understand that some people disagree with this medical procedure, but is harassing men and women the answer? Wouldn’t your efforts be better used pushing for free birth control and comprehensive education so we can actually reduce unintended pregnancies?

I have yet to see an apology from Rep Hackbarth, I hope he takes the time before legislative session to meet with women’s groups, educate himself and show his constituents that he has learned from his mistakes by enacting/supporting legislation that helps protect women.  

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