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Controversial abortion doctor slain

June 1, 2009 by  

Controversial abortion doctor slain An abortion doctor has been shot and killed Sunday at a Kansas church where he served as an usher.

Dr. George Tiller was a particularly divisive figure given his persistence in conducting late-term abortions which put him in a small minority of practitioners across the country.

In response to the shooting, progressive nonprofit groups and women’s rights organizations have gathered in several towns and cities to protest Tiller’s killing.

"I think we can all stand up and say it’s not okay to murder people because of their beliefs," said Joel Swanson, who works at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, quoted by the Washington Post.

"I can’t believe that someone who considers himself pro-life would do this," he added.

However, Dave Leach, an anti-abortion activist from Des Moines has offered a different view.

"To call this a crime is too simplistic," he said, quoted by the New York Times. "There is Christian scripture that would support this."

Police have arrested 51-year-old Scott Roeder of Kansas for the murder and the New York Times has reported his acquaintances mentioned his anti-government and anti-abortion philosophy.

However, the suspect’s brother has said Roeder has had a history of mental illness throughout his life.

Tiller’s abortion clinic has been a target of attacks and pickets for many years, and Tiller himself survived an assassination attempt in 1993.
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  • Eric Bischoff

    Dr Tiller was a good man who at great peril to his life provided LEGAL services for women in need. He will be missed by many..

    There is no excuse for murder. Everyone involved in fueling the fires of anti-abortion fever has a hand in this crime. Bill O’Reilly is epecially guilty and should be named co-conspirator.

    Dr Tiller was a dermatologist who went to Kansas to close down his families’ clinic after the senior doctor died. But he soon realized that women needed this clinic and he changed his mind and kept it open.

    The need for abortions was also something that he was confronted with and had the courage to take on. A deciding factor was a later term pregrancy in a 9 year old girl, pregnant from her father. Upon advise from his own 10 year old daughter, Dr Tiller decided to perform the abortion.

    He is an American Hero not the murderer who killed him. He was a defender of women’s rights and their right to reproductive freedom. Women’s rights are still in jeopardy as long as their reproductive rights are not honored.

    • Marilyn

      No one should make the decision to take the life of a person that is not doing anything against the law of the land. How can you say you are pro life if you are taking one.

      Different circumstances apply to each and every case and the decision should be made by the people involved. The person who took it upon himself to punish the Doctor should pay the fullest penalty that the law is committed to.

    • John

      Yes, the murder of anyone is wrong and should be punished. But to say that Tiller was an American hero is certainly a far stretch. If you dig just below the surface, you will not have to look far to see how heinous his practice was. As far as the reasons for performing by his own account, 60,000 late term abortions, perhaps he might have seen the dollar signs. Bernard Nathanson who is one of the founders of NARAL might enlighten you on this.

      To call him a martyr is certainly an abuse of the word and remember, the person that killed him has a history of mental illness. My condolences to the Tiller family and I pray for the soul of George Tiller.

  • Marilyn

    As citizens we are bound to uphold the Rule of Laws of the country. Any person who take it upon him/her self should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    Our laws state that each individual shall make up their own minds as to what they do with their body as long as it is within the law. If you don’t agree with the law then do everything in your power to change the law without inflicting bodily harm ,that you claim you are against, to anyone.

  • Peter Melville

    Far too much sadness in our land, makes you think that something is drastically wrong. Is it really any different to murder an abortionist, or a politician, or a Church Pastor, or the Boss at work, or fellow students, or wife, or husband? Isn’t all just as wrong.

  • Peter Melville

    I believe abortion in most cases is wrong. I believe America is no longer a beacon to the world. I see America is headed for real trouble. Financially we are headed for ruin. The sanctity of life would have made us all more noble and respectful of each other. When life is cheapened, the results come out in unforeseen ways. Perhaps we would feel more responsibility to treat our neighbor better or pay our debts.

  • s c

    Tiller’s death was wrong. But, how can anyone claim that he was a hero? Was he a lawyer, an MD or an MD who also practiced law? The last I knew, lawyers were very touchy about people providing ‘legal services’ without being qualified. MDs look at non-licensed people the same way. Will we be forced to see the ‘money= justice’ ACLU intervene? At this rate, the abortion issue will never be resolved. If
    the pro-death crowd had the sense to see that this ‘service’ was provided WITHOUT CHARGE, it would eliminate the “morality-for-sale” stench. Keep lawyers out of it. What matters most is to keep politicians OUT of the picture. Then we can talk about
    morality and amorality and immorality, and America can again be a great nation.

  • s c

    If this MD was such a good man doing ‘good’ things for others, then WHY did he not provide his ‘service’ at a reasonable price? If he had any use for medical ethics, he wouldn’t have charged outrageous prices for his ‘service.’ How can anyone justify this man’s ‘talents,’ when he was getting RICH making easy money by killing babies? Did this ‘caring’ professional charge $500? NO! Did he do his ‘thing’ at no
    charge? NO! Any MD who charges high-dollar prices for this ‘service’ is NOT interested in helping people. His approach is ‘show me the money.’ To look at this big bucks MD as someone who ‘cares’ is to stretch the truth beyond recognition. Inflicting cruel and unusual punishment for money makes you a role model? So much for ethics and for caring and for the Hippocratic Oath. Hitler would have been ecstatic to have him ‘helping’ in a concentration camp.

  • Larry M

    As many above have said, and I agree, murder is wrong. The laws of the land do not make it moral or “right”…it remains wrong. An individual’s rights do not give them the right to disrespect the rights of other humans to life, independent or dependant. The elderly who cannot survive without the care of attendants to feed, change, bath, guide, etc. them have no less right to life than does an infant still dependant upon it’s mother for its feeding, cleaning, and care. What has been implied, but not said is that Dr. Tiller was terminating the lives of living individuals and as such, based on volume of repeat “offenses” is more guilty than the man who terminated his life. Both acts are murder and as such against the laws of this country relative to murder. Wrong does not justify wrong, and abortion should not be used routinely as a method for birth control or as an encouragement for people to refrain from using good judgement, self-control, and care when having intercourse. The actions needed to prevent creation of the person should be taken rather than actions needed to kill them because their creation is inconvenient or “spoils the spontaneity of the moment” through causing the individuals involved to be responsible for one’s actions rather than just one’s desires. I think there are cases where abortion may be “justifiable”, but that does not change the moral value placed on it…it remains killing. The man who makes his daughter pregnant through incest should go to jail for the rest of his life.He violated her humanity and femaleness. Abortion is not about “reproductive rights”. It is about “reproductive inconvenience” and selfish convenience and remains murder. These are all my personal opinions which are not inconsistent with world wide recognized holy books that supposedly help define “morality” and “ethics” for societies. The US has become morally bankrupt in it’s governmental policies and laws and how many people live and financial bankruptcy is possible now as well. We are going the way of the Romans and many other previously great cultures through-out history.

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