Dr. George Tiller, whose Wichita, Kansas, women's clinic has been the target of anti-abortion protests for years, was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning, his attorneys said.
The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which has led numerous demonstrations at Tiller's clinic, condemned the shooting as a "cowardly act."
"Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice," the group said in a statement. It offered its prayers for Tiller's family, "that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ."
Um...yeah...the same group had this to say about the good doc:
On its Web site, Operation Rescue refers to Tiller as a "monster" who has "been able to get away with murder," and abortion rights opponents have launched several efforts to get his clinic shut down.This despite Tiller being acquitted or having charges against him dismissed. He didn't break the law. But anti-abortion crusaders, including possibly Tiller's murderer, often do:
If abortion is so wrong, and murder (the way I read the Bible and United States Law) is wrong, does this mean that the anti-abortion crusaders truly believe that two wrongs do make a right? Or are they just being thugs and murderers, out to silence any opposition to their view and out to eliminate anyone who (within the law, I might add) practices medicine in a way they don't approve of?
The 1993 attack on Tiller left him wounded through both arms. An ardent foe of abortion, Shelley Shannon, was convicted of attempted murder and is serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison for the shooting.
If Tiller was slain because of his work, he would be the fourth U.S. physician killed by abortion opponents since 1993. In addition, a nurse at a Birmingham, Alabama, clinic was maimed and an off-duty police officer was killed in a 1998 bombing by Eric Rudolph, who included abortion among his list of anti-government grievances.Rudolph admitted to that attack and three other bombings -- including the 1996 attack on the Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia -- and is serving life in prison.
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