For the first time in the history of the country, the United States government has officially come down on the side of a mob determined to prevent American citizens from exercising constitutional rights.
That is the only conclusion one can draw from the action of the Department of Justice late yesterday in seeking to evade a federal judge's order in Wichita, Kan., enjoining anti-abortion groups from forcibly shutting down abortion clinics which are operating fully within the law.
Make no mistake, the issue here is not abortion, nor is it the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights of free speech or peaceable assembly. It is about whether organized mobs can prevent citizens from engaging in a legal activity. And whatever one may think about the practice of abortion, there is not the slightest question that, at least as long as Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land, it is a constitutionally protected right.