Dr. George Tiller was a late-term abortionist who received a lot of attention from pro-life groups. He had been tried for maintaining an illegally close financial relationship with the doctor who provided second opinions necessary for late term abortions and was about to be tried for routinely violating other Kansas laws while running his abortion business.
Earlier this week, while serving as an usher at his church, Tiller was shot and killed. A suspect, Scott Roeder, has been arrested.
This blog is unequivocally pro-life. While we focus on the lives of the unborn because they have no voice of their own, we are not anti-abortion, we are pro-life.
Pro-life means we support all life, even the lives of those we disagree with. We support, and would defend if given the opportunity, the lives of those who take the lives of others. The killing of Dr. Tiller was shameful and despicable.
Many people are now trying to blame Catholic bishops, Operation Rescue, and other individuals and groups who are pro-life for Tiller’s death. I suppose this is the natural political reaction; why not try to make some gain in the public eye since the opportunity has presented itself?
The charge is perfectly baseless, however, considering that the pro-life cause suffered greatly with Tiller’s death. Operation Rescue has been collecting evidence and documenting the activities of Tiller’s clinic for over ten years. A trial was pending. The hopes of throwing Tiller in jail for flaunting his state’s laws were high. All that is now gone.
To blame pro-lifeers would be like blaming every single anti-war protester if someone had tried to attack President Bush. I know many people who want the war in Iraq to end, but the killing of the president is no way to accomplish it. I know many people who want abortion to end, but the killing of an abortionist is no way to accomplish it. This was the sad act of one man who took the law into his own hands; and he is now subject to that law.