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Remembering Dr. George Tiller

May 31, 2010

One year ago on May 31st, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while walking into church Sunday morning by extremist anti-abortion advocate Scott Roeder. Over 7 months later Roeder was convicted of murder and sentenced, but his crimes are not forgotten, and have not ended.

Tiller ran a clinic in Wichita, Kansas that was 1 of 3 in the U.S. to provide late term abortions (past 21 weeks) to women who were in great danger of losing their life (and/or the baby’s life) if they carried to full term. Having gone to medical school, Tiller had planned to become a dermatologist when his parents, sister, and brother-in-law were killed in an accident. After hearing of a woman who had died during an illegal abortion procedure, Tiller decided to carry on his father’s clinic which offered abortion and family-planning services for women.

Because of his career in saving women’s lives, Tiller became a target of many extreme pro-life and anti-choice groups. In 1963, his clinic was fire-bombed, and in 1993 he was shot 5 times by a member of an anti-abortion group. Despite this, Tiller continued his work, telling media he was needed by many people and wasn’t going to back down.

One year ago today, Scott Roeder, a member of Operation Rescue, shot Tiller in the eye at close range outside the doctor’s church. He was charged with murder, and given life without parole. As a result, Tiller’s family decided to close the clinic.

Because of this horrendous murder, women must now travel even farther to get a life-saving procedure. Because one man thought that he could decide what’s right and what’s wrong in God’s eyes, a family is without their father and husband. Is this a movement of the pro-life cause? No. This is the work of woman-haters, morality police, and murderers. Killing a person to get what you want doesn’t make you pro-life, it makes you a murderer.

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, take a moment today to think about what has been lost in this conflict, and appreciate the rights you have to safely and freely believe what you want.

“The women in my father’s practice for whom he did abortions educated me and taught me that abortion is about women’s hopes, dreams, potential, the rest of their lives. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.” -Dr. George Tiller

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Erik permalink
    May 31, 2010 10:19 pm

    No. Anti abortion is not a movement of murders. I think its wrong. I think its murder. And I think anyone who gets pregnant and kills their child inside them should not only suffer the rest of their waking lives, but also see it, see their child ripped apart, sometimes literally, and killed. That being said, would I ever shoot someone who did this barbaric act? No. I’d never condone the murder of this man or any other doctor like him; their lives are full of enough death as is.

    • Dr. Sangfroid permalink*
      May 31, 2010 10:49 pm

      I didn’t say anti-abortion supporters are murderers. I’m saying those who kill are not pro-life, they are murderers. Tiller’s death was not in the name of pro-life, it was deliberate hate-filled murder.

  2. June 1, 2010 1:35 am

    Oh wow Erik, I hope a woman you love is never in the position of having to choose between dieing in a dangerous pregnancy or fulfilling your medieval views of women as brood mares.

    And FYI, babies aren’t ripped apart in abortions. If you’re going to be absolutely psychotic in your “good” Christian views (because I’m sure Jesus with his teachings of love, FORGIVENESS, and acceptance, really wants people to watch babies be shredded) at least be accurate.

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