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Pro-Abortionist Convicted of Posting Threats to Kill Two Pro-Lifers

by | May 12, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

A pro-abortion extremist with a long history of posting online threats against pro-lifers was sentenced yesterday to up to 51 months in jail and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing for Theodore Shulman, who has been held without bail since his arrest in February 2011, is scheduled for September 12, according to the New York Daily News.

“The plea deal includes an agreement that prosecutors would not charge Shulman for possession of cyanide and two other deadly substances at the time of his arrest, “the Daily News’ Robert Gearty reported. According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office the 51-year-old Theodore Shulman pleaded guilty to transmitting a threat to injure another person.

The two targets are well-known pro-lifers: Priests for Life Founder the Rev. Frank Pavone and Princeton University professor Robert George. The AP reports that the threat was posted on the website of a Catholic magazine where Shulman said someone would kill Pavone and George if Scott Roeder was acquitted of murdering Wichita abortionist George Tiller. (Roeder was convicted subsequently.)

But although the convictions involved only the threats to the two men, Schulman, who liked to allude to himself as the “first pro-choice terrorist,” also has threatened other pro-lifers, according to David Gibson. Writing last year in Politics Daily, Gibson said that pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Bryan Kemper of Stand True Ministries, Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, and scientist and pro-life activist Gerard Nadal “have been frequent targets of Shulman’s rants.”

“In assisting the FBI over the past few years, Jill Stanek compiled more than 4,000 comments that Shulman posted or tried to post on her site over the last four years or so. One example: ‘I’m looking forward to watching a documentary entitled ‘The Assassination of Jill Stanek’, Shulman wrote on Oct. 27 in a comment using one of his many online aliases.”


Shulman’s motivations for an activism characterized by “fierce and often extreme verbal attacks on pro-lifers that often threatened them with a violent end” are unknown. Gibson reported that Shulman’s mother is Alix Kates Shulman, a feminist author and political activist who first achieved notoriety for her 1972 novel “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen.”

Gibson wrote that “Shulman has spoken of having four abortions, ‘and not one was the result of carelessness.’” According to Stanek, “Ted Shulman has said two of his mother’s abortions were before his birth and two were after.”

For his part Fr. Pavone wrote, “Mr. Shulman is in my prayers, and I extend to him my personal forgiveness.”

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