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Abortion Doctor Murdered In Kansas Church

May 31, 2009

This is so deplorable that it makes my blood run cold.

When law abiding citizens are murdered by ‘pro-life’ fanatics it makes me wonder what type of insanity runs rampant in this country among conservatives.  Like it or not abortion is legal, and this doctor was providing a needed service to women who found themselves in a medical need.  To kill this doctor is so maddening and intellectually hollow that it makes any argument from the anti-abortion side meaningless.

Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women’s clinic was the epicenter of the state’s battles over abortion for nearly two decades, was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning, his family said.

Tiller, 67, was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions. He survived a 1993 shooting outside his Wichita clinic.

He was fatally shot shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church, Wichita police said.

Sunday afternoon, authorities took a man into custody near Kansas City after stopping a car that matched a description of the killer’s getaway vehicle, according to sheriff’s deputies in Johnson County, Kansas. No charges had been filed.

Wichita police said they were searching for a powder-blue Ford Taurus in connection with the killing. Witnesses provided a license number of the car the killer used to speed away from the church, police spokesman Gordon Bassham said.

Tiller “dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality heath care despite frequent threats and violence,” his family said in a written statement.

“We ask that he be remembered as a good husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated servant on behalf of the rights of women everywhere,” the family said.

  1. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    June 2, 2009 10:17 AM

    Thank you Jenny.

  2. Jenny permalink
    June 1, 2009 6:28 PM

    I missed where it said anywhere that the gunman claims to be a Christian…
    It reads to me that the doctor was the one trying to worship Jesus. The idea you present of someone killing someone else “in the name of Jesus” makes me want to vomit too though.

  3. May 31, 2009 11:50 PM

    The man being questioned in connection with the Dr. George Tiller murder investigation lives in Merriam.

    The FBI has confirmed the home at 51st and Knox is part of the investiagtion into the shooting of Dr. Tiller. Johnson County property records show ties between the home and Scott Roeder.

    Roeder, 51, is the man turned over to Wichita Police in connection with the shooting. The suspect is expected to be charged Monday.

    Court records and Internet postings show that a man named Scott Roeder has a criminal record and a background of anti-abortion postings on sympathetic Web sites.

  4. Marge permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:30 PM

    I hope that this senseless act of unChristian lunacy sends shockwaves up and down and throughout the right-wing Christian community, across our nation and across the world. We are dealing with terrorism, pure and simple, in Jesus’ name. It makes me want to vomit.

  5. bassackwards permalink
    May 31, 2009 7:32 PM

    Stolz said all indications were that the gunman acted alone, although authorities were investigating whether he had any connection to anti-abortion groups.

    Do you have a news story you can cite that connects the killer to an anti-abortion group of any kind? If you do, please share it because I can’t find one.

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