Roundup: Scott Roeder is Going to Trial


Scott Roeder is Going to Trial
At the end of Tuesday’s
hearing, a judge decided that there was enough evidence to try Scott
Roeder, an anti-abortion advocate who is accused of killing abortion
provider Dr. George Tiller. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder,
to which his lawyers entered a not-guilty plea, according to the New York Times.

Tiller’s
family was not at the hearing, and neither were members of Operation
Rescue, an anti-abortion group whose national headquarters were moved
to Wichita, KS, which was also the home to Tiller’s clinic, the New York Times reported.

If
convicted, Roeder could serve a life sentence. Prosecuters say the case
does not meet Kansas’s requirements for the death penalty, which
include killing a law enforcement officer or killing multiple people,
according to the article.

Roeder
is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault for threatening
two other men serving as ushers that day. One of the men was Gary
Hoepner, who had been talking with Tiller moments before he was shot.

"Mr.
Hoepner said he followed Mr. Roeder outside toward the parking
lot, but stopped when the man turned and called out, "I’ve got a gun,
and I’ll shoot you." Mr. Martin ran after Mr. Roeder, too, he
testified, and at one point called out to him, "How could you do that?"
The man yelled back something, Mr. Martin said, like, "he was a
murderer" or "he was a killer."

When
the man reached his car, Mr. Martin was about 10 feet away, blocking
the car’s exit. Mr. Roeder yelled "Move!" Mr. Martin recalled, but he
stayed put. At that, Mr. Martin said, the man pulled out the gun,
pointed it at him, and said, ‘I’ll shoot you.’"

 

Abortion is Banned in Nicaragua

Amnesty
International called Nicaragua’s abortion ban a "cruel, inhuman
disgrace" and has led to increased maternal deaths, according to CNN.com. The ban includes prohibiting therapeutic abortion-terminating a pregnancy in protection of the mother’s health.

In the article,
Amnesty International’s Executive Deputy Secretary General Kate Gilmore
said:

"Nicaragua’s ban on therapeutic abortion is a disgrace…It is a
human rights scandal that ridicules medical science
and distorts the law into a weapon against the provision of essential
medical care to pregnant girls and women."

Gilmore was part of the Amnesty group that went to Nicaragua to gather
accounts from Nicaraguan women and medical professionals, who receive
prison sentences for getting abortions or provide services linked to
abortions. CNN
reported that Amnesty concluded that doctors are nurses are afraid of
treating pregnant women or girls for illnesses like cancer, malaria
HIV/AIDS or cardiac emergencies, where treatments could injure the
fetus or cause death to the fetus.

Nicaragua is one of few countries worldwide where abortion is illegal
regardless of the circumstances. Other countries include Chile, El
Salvador, Malta, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic, according
to CNN.

Florida Woman Promised Her Unborn Baby to Two Adoption Agencies
In Orlando, FL, Latasha Harlee, 25, was sentenced to six months in jail
for offering her baby to two adoption agencies, and collecting $6,300
before telling the soon-to-be adoptive parents she changed her mind.
She also lied about her due date, according to The Associated Press.

OTHER NEWS TO NOTE:

July 28: The Independent: Pro-life zealot on trial over US murder of ‘hated’ doctor

July 28: Examiner: Review of Perspectives on Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

July 28: LifeNews: Oakland Still Wants to Stop Pro-Life Pastor Walter Hoye From Protesting Abortion

July 28: Tapestry Health: Early Coital Debut and Associated HIV Risk Factors Among Young Women and Men in South Africa

July 28: Politics Daily:Margaret Sanger: The Other Side of the Story

July 27: Truthout: These Denialogues Don’t Care if Their Own Children End Up With Syphilis

July 28: Tapestry Health: Role of Parents in Adolescent Sexual Activity And Contraceptive Use in Four African Countries

July 28: USA Today: Religious voices stake moral claims on health care reform 

July 28: Michigan Messenger:In health care debate, Stupak gives mixed signals on abortion funding

July 28: NYTimes: Witness Tells of Abortion Provider’s Last Moments

July 28: Moderate Voice: Keep Abortion Funding Out Of Health Reform 

July 28: Feministing: The cost of Nicaragua’s abortion ban

July 28: The Swamp: Healthcare hurdle: Abortion funding    

July 28: Pro-Life Blogs: FRC Action to Host Webcast on the Government Takeover of Health Care

July 28: Creative Minority Report: More Condoms Needed!

July 28: AP: Witness describes shooting of Kan. abortion doctor

July 28: Fort Wayne: Largest abortion provider should not continue to get federal funds  

July 28: LifeSiteNews: Pro-life Gov. Palin Resigns, Thanks Alaska in Farewell Address Sunday

July 28: Human Events: Sotomayor: Fundamental Right To Abortion, Not to Bear Arms  

July 28: CNN: Nicaragua abortion ban ‘cruel and inhuman disgrace’ 

July 28: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Catholic church touts its own natural plan for effective birth control: Healthy Cleveland 

July 28: Ethica: Fighting for "orphans" 

July 28: Experience Project: Trying to Outlaw This Is Ridiculous

July
28: Metro Catholic: Ribbon-cutting
ceremony moved inside after pro-life activists staged a public witness
during an appearance by the First Lady at a Virginia health clinic.

July 27: Catholic News Agency: Church does not approve of therapeutic abortion, reiterates diocesan official in Nicaragua

July 27: NRC Handelsblad: Dutch abortion boat to sail no more

July 28: STL Today: Stop taxpayer-funded abortion

July 28: AP: Woman promised baby to 2 adoption agencies

July 28: Human Events:Obamacare Pushes Abortion

July 27: Kansas City Star: Letters reveal evolving beliefs of man charged with killing George Tiller  

July 27: KAKE 10: Both Sides Of Abortion Issue Watching Roeder Case Closely   

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  • http://the-mad-voter.blogspot.com invalid-0

    I attended Roeder’s hearing yesterday, and while Operation Rescue was not officially in attendance, I can say people who support OR were. They talked casually about Troy (Newman, pres of OR) and Mark (Gietzen, Kansas Coalition for Life). And just as casually about knowing “Scott” for several years and reading “Paul’s” book (first names, no last). I was sitting amongst the groupies! One even shouted out for a wave from Roeder. At least one traveled from out of town, and they all seemed to have known each other for years. It was mortifying, to say the least.

  • independentminded

    but this:

    I attended Roeder’s hearing yesterday, and while Operation Rescue was not officially in attendance, I can say people who support OR were. They talked casually about Troy (Newman, pres of OR) and Mark (Gietzen, Kansas Coalition for Life). And just as casually about knowing "Scott" for several years and reading "Paul’s" book (first names, no last). I was sitting amongst the groupies! One even shouted out for a wave from Roeder. At least one traveled from out of town, and they all seemed to have known each other for years. It was mortifying, to say the least.

    is positively frightening, to say the least. Here’s hoping that Scott Roeder goes to jail for life, with no parole! He deserves to be locked up!  If only more  people like Scott Roeder were tried and brought to justice. 

  • roederwatch

    We’re sure by now everyone knows the trial won’t go next week. Check out http://roederwatch.blogspot.com for updates and status information. As soon as we get the new date, we’ll post it there.