This is the article Kilgore refers to in his piece:
Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 1:00 PM UTC
Embracing the fringe
David Bereit was an extreme figure in abortion politics but he's found a bigger audience in the contraception fight
By Sarah Posner
<..> As the “religious freedom” wars have heated up over the United States Department of Health and Human Services’s contraception mandate, and as non-Catholic groups have taken up the mantle of the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion, there has been a blurring of lines between activists whose primary objection is to end abortion and those who are also opposed to contraception. Under the “religious freedom” banner, and in particular the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies, are a wide array of organizations that include those once considered fringe, such as Bereit’s former employer, the anti-contraception American Life League, and Operation Rescue.
Before Lila Rose started making her deceptive guerrilla videos at Planned Parenthood clinics, before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops started investigating the Girl Scouts, before it became essential for any God- (and base-) fearing Republican to call for defunding Planned Parenthood, David Bereit was at the forefront of the spiritual — and political — warfare against what he has called Planned Parenthood’s “abortion empire.” His 40 Days for Life organization organizes local activists to protest outside of Planned Parenthood and other medical clinics. In talking with me, he accused Planned Parenthood of “systematically destroying innocent lives through abortion” and through “many of its other projects and programs,” of “devaluing human life, and of leading people into lifestyles where they will later feel the need for abortion.”
<..> Bereit rejects the possibility that Christians could hold views contrary to his own. After Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, addressed a 2005 prayer breakfast sponsored by Planned Parenthood, Bereit vowed STOPP was “not going to allow Planned Parenthood to hijack Christianity” and that it would lobby lawmakers to defund it. In response to a different Planned Parenthood prayer effort this year, led by Clergy for Choice, Bereit said, “Planned Parenthood has stooped to a new low by exploiting pastors and churches to ‘celebrate’ the slaughter of babies made in God’s image and likeness.”