Sunday, May 31, 2009

Abortionist Shot and Killed

I just got an email from Operation Rescue that George Tiller, aka Tiller the Killer, was shot and killed while going into his church this morning. Tiller operated an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and was known for his late-term abortions. Now Tiller has met his maker.

I sincerely hope that this was not the work of a pro-life fanatic. But it probably is, someone driven by the lack of justice that he has seen in the case of Tiller. Just recently Tiller was acquitted of 19 charges of illegal practices at his late-term abortion clinic, the jury brought out their verdict in one hour. Justice in this world is one thing; justice in the next may be very different. While it is right to say God be merciful to his soul, I also trust that God is not only merciful but He is just.

One person will be convicted for this crime, but I believe that a large portion of the responsibility for it lies with those who failed to serve justice and continued to allow Tiller to behave as if he was above the law. If that court had brought down a just verdict, Tiller would be alive today; he might have been in jail, but he would be alive and his clinic would have ceased operation before this.

Link to article in The Wichita Eagle

h/t Operation Rescue


The Comeau Family said...

I wondered what your thoughts would be on this, Julie. If you have any more to express about it, I'd love to know them.

I admit to feeling a bit confused--okay, really confused. It's nice when Fr. Pavone speaks out after things like this; guidance is a must. I can understand the sadness, anger and the thirst for justice that would provoke someone to act violently when it comes to abortion. On the other hand, how do we know that Tiller wouldn't have been like other (in)famous abortionists who went on to convert and be voices for the unborn? How confusing this is. There is no justice anywhere, it seems. I know one thing for sure: the pro-aborts are having the time of their lives with us.

I love Fr. Pavone's perspective, talking about the little voice inside that might make us feel guilty for being pro-life when news like this comes out. I don't feel guilty one little bit, but I know that many pro-lifers who are quiet about abortion would get even quieter because of all this, and that's too bad.

I've had family visiting and haven't had as much time for reading, but I'm trying to catch up! Thanks for posting, as always.

Anonymous said...

Some truths in Margaret Wente's article in the June 3rd Globe and Mail that you don't seem to be aware of.

"George Tiller knew the dangers of his work. His clinic had been bombed and vandalized. He sometimes wore a bulletproof vest and travelled with a security guard. One time, he was shot in both arms. Last Sunday morning, someone finally got him. He was gunned down in church.

Depending on whose side of the abortion wars you're on, Dr. Tiller was either a mass murderer or a hero. His clinic in Wichita, Kan., was one of just three in the United States that performed late-term abortions. Fox News's Bill O'Reilly was a relentless foe. “Tiller the baby killer,” he called him on his cable show. He accused him of “executing babies” for “no reason whatsoever” in a “death mill.” The attacks were so virulent that a lot of people think he should be charged with incitement. They think he's the one with blood on his hands.

All the leading pro-life groups condemned the killing. But pro-choice groups regard it as a homegrown terrorist assassination – one that should have come as no surprise in a country where Fox News, the Christian right and the Republican Party have been whipping up anti-abortion frenzy for years. “We don't have to invade Iraq to find terrorists,” said Warren Hern, another late-term provider. “They're right here killing abortion doctors.”

Nowhere is the American cultural divide deeper than in Kansas, where urban liberals regularly duke it out with creationists. One chat group of rural farmers generally seemed pleased that Dr. Tiller got what he deserved, but unhappy that he'd got it in a church. The only suspect in the case is Scott Roeder, 51, who, according to his former wife, went off the deep end a few years ago. He appears linked to an obscure group that rejects taxes and Washington's rule, and an acquaintance has said he believes killing an abortion provider is justifiable homicide.

Even to people who are pro-choice, late-term abortions are morally distressing. They are performed on fetuses that are already viable, and the details aren't pretty. What Mr. O'Reilly doesn't mention is that these procedures are rare. Most of these pregnancies are very much wanted, but involve severe fetal abnormalities discovered when the pregnancy is advanced. The stories are heart-wrenching. One woman learned in her eighth month of pregnancy that she was carrying conjoined twins. The prognosis was grim: One would surely die, and the other would endure a life of surgeries, pain and suffering. “We made an informed decision to go to Kansas,” her husband wrote. “One can only imagine the pain borne by a woman ... who had to go against everything she had been taught to believe was right.”

Few couples make these decisions lightly. They are much harder than the decision to terminate an unwanted early term pregnancy. They involve faceless babies, babies with no brains, even babies who are dead. But restrictions on late-term abortions are very tight. Few doctors have the necessary expertise, and even fewer want the hassles. That's why women went to Kansas.

Canadian women went there, too. “There was no place else to go,” said Suzanne Newman, a family physician and abortion provider who practises in Winnipeg. “And now we're worried that there will be no place to go.”

Dr. Tiller was widely known for the emotional support he gave his patients during the most shattering time of their lives. “He was a hero to abortion providers,” said Dr. Newman, “and to patients everywhere, he was a saint.”

His former patients say, “He saved my life.” They do not mean that in the literal sense. (Few abortions are done to save the life of the mother.) They mean he saved their lives from being utterly destroyed.

Despite the killing of Dr. Tiller, the influence of extremist Christianity in the United States is on the decline. This brutal act may only hasten that. But if other doctors are discouraged from doing this painful but necessary work, the killer will have won after all."

Oemissions said...

Prolifers should put their energy into helping the born. Child poverty continues to rise. Abused children is on the increase. Many children are without houses.
John McCain , during the election said: give them to us. Was he going to look after them in one of his 10 houses?
You choose to not to listen to the circumstanes of those women granted abortion by Dr. Tiller.