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.