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Terror In The Name Of Life

Just five minutes from the home where Dr. Barnett Slepian was murdered Friday night, this cemetery for the unborn sits in front of a local church. CBS News Correspondent Jeffrey Kofman reports.

"I would trust him with my life, and I did," says Laurel Cieslak, a devout Catholic who was a longtime patient of Dr. Slepian's.

"If someone is a good religious person, how could they possibly lay and wait for someone, and murder them in front of their family?" she asks.

But in the climate of intense passion that dominates the abortion debate, violence against those who support and perform abortions has become commonplace.

Dr. Slepian had reportedly been the target of more than 200 death threats. He often wore a bullet-proof vest. In a 1994 interview, he seem acutely aware of the consequences.

"They're setting their soldiers to perform violence by continually calling me a murderer," Dr. Slepian said.

Neal Horsely insists he's not inciting murder by running an anti-abortion Internet website that tracks the movements and the murder of doctors who perform abortions in America. He says he's just God's messenger.

"Until the laws concerning Roe vs. Wade are repealed, we are going to see more and more people killed, and we are going to see more and more violence occur," Horsely says.

"I don't know who he is speaking for," says Cieslak. "And if he is speaking for a lot of America, something's wrong here. Something is really wrong."

It is difficult to see how this moral divide can ever be bridged. Until it is, defenders of abortion rights are now insisting it is time to provide regular police protection for doctors who are performing a procedure protected by the constitution.

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