Scott Roeder, the man charged with first-degree murder for
shooting George Tiller, spoke to the Associated Press today.
In all the extensive coverage of the assassination in his church of Dr. George Tiller by a murderer affiliated with extremist right-wing groups, little has been said to shed light on what late-term abortions are, who has them and why.
Religious right, anti-abortion leaders ostensibly condemned Dr. Tiller’s
murder, but used his tragic death as a political platform to distort President Obama’s record on abortion and to spread misinformation about the issue.
Violence is inherent to the pro-life movement in the way that it was inherent to the preservation of segregation in the South.
The man suspected of killing women’s health provider George Tiller has a long history of involvement with the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement, as well as anti-abortion radicalism.
When I think of Dr. Tiller and his clinic I think of compassion. What Dr. Tiller and his staff did each and every day was to give women their dignity.
For those who would like to think today’s murder in church of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, is an isolated incident: here’s the horrifying news: You are wrong. The pattern is clear and frightening.
Now is the time to recognize the real threat to abortion providers and women seeking their services. Now is the time to recognize the extreme lack of abortion providers and resources for women. Now is the time to recognize Dr. Tiller as a hero, and perhaps in death he can truly change the face of the pro-choice movement and the future of abortion care.
Members of the reproductive health community, those working in clinics and as allies of clinics across the country, shared their shock and deep sadness at the loss of Dr. George Tiller today.
Anti-choice groups swiftly condemned the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, while Randall Terry stopped short of justifying the murder but failed to disavow the use of violence against providers.