Morning Roundup: Tiller Investigation Continues

Happy New Year, and welcome back to the morning roundup! Lots of news out there this morning, including a continuing investigation into Dr. Tiller’s murder, tests for eclampsia, more women giving birth early, Nebraska tries to prevent the spread of telemedicine, and a few commentaries on MTV’s No Easy Decision.

  • A federal investigation in Wichita, Kansas, continues as the Justice Department determines whether Scott Roeder, who murdered Dr. George Tiller as he greeted patrons at a Lutheran church, acted alone or if he was part of a larger conspiracy of violence against those who provide abortions. Members of Roeder’s Bible study group have been interviewed in recent weeks.
  • Researchers in Canada believe they have found tests that can predict which women who develop pre-eclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy condition of high blood pressure and protein in the urine, will go on to develop eclampsia, which can cause seizures, coma and death.
  • The number of women who give birth early without medical reason has gone up in the past twenty years, and not without harmful effects on some infants. According to the article, “of all births between 1990 and 2006, the number of babies born at 36 weeks increased by about 30 percent, and babies born at 37 and 38 weeks rose more than 40 percent.”
  • Lawmakers in Nebraska, fearing the spread of telemedicine abortions from Iowa, will introduce legislation that would prevent the distribution and prescription of RU-486 via webcam. Kyle Carlson of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which uses the practice in Iowa, said, “To make an argument that telemedicine is unsafe because the physician is not present is not an attack on abortion, it’s an attack on telemedicine.”
  • Did you catch MTV’s special on teens who choose abortion, No Easy Decision? Here are a few select perspectives on the show. Choosing abortion: Moral decision making on MTV, by Frances Kissling; How groundbreaking was MTV’s abortion special? by Melissa Maerz; MTV’s ’16 and Pregnant’ exploits teen moms but addresses abortion with dignity, by Sarah Seltzer and MTV’s Truths Vs. Antichoice Lies by Amanda Marcotte.

Dec 24

Like this story? Your $10 tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis.

For more information or to schedule an interview with contact

  • arekushieru

    I love all the analyses you’ve written for this blog, except for one caveat, the brief mention of induced early childbirth.  Isn’t ‘convenience’ the over-used, over-generalized word the anti-choicers like to use to describe a woman’s choice to have an abortion?  I have a cousin whose ex-wife had such a birth.  While most of the actions she’s taken in the recent past are something I’ve HIGHly disagreed with, that is one action I will never fault her for.  Because it was HER choice.

  • beth-saunders

    Thanks for your comment. I didn’t use the word convenience, and purposefully did not. I respect a woman’s right to make her own choices on pregnancy and birth. I do think the article and the research have merit, which is why I mentioned it, but the language I used to precede the link was intended to be as neutral as possible.

  • arekushieru

    Sorry that I wasn’t clear!  ^_^;  When I was referring to the analyses, I meant the ones you referenced, not the ones you wrote, yourself.  Hope that makes more sense, now…?  Ooops!