No readers of my blog would consider me who approved of the action of George Tiller. However, as a pro-lifer I cannot condone the fact that he was was shot and killed on his way to his Reformed Lutheran Church Sunday morning. Violence only begets violence. I pray that Tiller had a moment to repent of his grievous sins before meeting the Just Judge.
Here are some reactions from pro-life groups:
Focus on the Family founder and chairman emeritus James C. Dobson, Ph.D., issued the following statement Sunday on the slaying of late-term abortionist George Tiller:"We are shocked by the murder of George Tiller, and we categorically condemn the act of vigilantism and violence that took his life. America has from its foundation respected the rule of law, by which every citizen is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those constitutional rights are forfeited only when crimes have been committed, and the perpetrator is charged and found guilty by a jury of his or her peers in a court of law.
"Tiller recently faced serious charges related to the killing of babies in violation of the law, by the most grotesque procedures administered without anesthetics or compassion. We profoundly regretted the outcome of his legal case, believing the doctor had the blood of countless babies on his hands. Nevertheless, he was acquitted by the court and declared "not guilty" in the eyes of the law. That is our system, and we honor it.
"Our condolences are extended to the Tiller family. The person or persons responsible for his death should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Joe Schiedler from the Pro-life Action League has a personal memory of George Tiller.
The Pro-Life Action League released the following statement today regarding the death of late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller:"We deplore the killing of George Tiller on Sunday morning," said Joseph M. Scheidler, national director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League."It has always been my philosophy that we convert abortionists," said Scheidler. "As activists committed to saving lives, we vigorously oppose violence."Scheidler once shared a taxi with Dr. Tiller as both were headed from the airport in New Orleans to the National Abortion Federation Convention. "Tiller apparently recognized me, but did not recall that I was a pro-life activist. He assumed I was another abortionist attending the conference," said Scheidler. "He enthusiastically extolled the value of the ultrasound in performing abortions, and invited me to visit his clinic in Wichita."The following day Scheidler attended Tiller's presentation on the use of ultrasound. By then the doctor had realized that Scheidler was in the opposition camp, and refused to proceed with his presentation until Scheidler left the room."Having sat and talked with George Tiller, I probably feel a little more connection with him than many other pro-lifers might," said Scheidler. "I am adamantly opposed to what he did for a living. But I believe that anyone can come to the truth. Tiller deserved the chance to turn away from the evil of abortion. I cannot condone the taking of his life."Read more at the Pro-Life Action League's website:http://prolifeaction.org/#tiller
The NCR Blog has a list of pro-life reactions to this event for which ALL prolife activists will be punished and painted with a broad brush of violence, as we are in this British newspaper, and calls for us to be rounded up and inmprisoned have already reached a crescendo. No longer will we be allowed to pray in front of abortion mills, now as under the Clinton administration, those with rosary beads who pray for women killing their children, will be considered dangerous co-conspirators with Tiller's killer.
We will all pay the price for misguided actions of one isolated man. Deacon Keith Fournier likens Tiller's murder to St Peter severing Malchus' ear in a futile attempt to save Jesus from arrest in his piece in Catholic Online. "The sword belongs in its' sheath!
We reject intentional abortion because every procured abortion is the killing of a member of our human family. The dignity of that little human person in the first home of the whole human race cries out for changing the unjust approach to giving protected status to intentional abortion in America. However, this dignity is present in all human persons, even those with whom we disagree and those whose actions we decry."
Operation Rescue is predictably under fire because Tiller murder suspect Scott Roeder once left a comment on their blog. Here is their statement:
Scott Roeder has never been a member, contributor, or volunteer with Operation Rescue. Mr. Roeder may have posted to our open blog web site, as have thousands of members of the public, including those with pro-abortion views, but he is not affiliated with this organization.
We deplore the criminal actions with which Mr. Roeder is accused.
The pro-life ethic is to value all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Operation Rescue has diligently and successfully worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see to it that abortionists around the nation are brought to justice. Without due process, there can be no justice.
In spite of these horrific events, we remain dedicated to working through all peaceful and legal means available to bring an end to the killing of innocent children through abortion.
George Tiller was cleared from murder charges in the death of 19 year old Christin Gilbert, a woman who died a slow, painful death after her mother brought her in for a late term abortion in his clinic. He didn't care about whether Christin lived or died. She had Down syndrome.
Here is a reminder of what George Tiller did for a living.
May Almighty God have mercy on his soul.