Controversial Kansas Abortion Doctor George Tiller Murdered

Controversial Kansas Abortion Doctor George Tiller Murdered


Not only that, he was killed at his church.

From KMBC:

In a news conference on Sunday afternoon, Capt. Brent Allred said they were looking for a blue Ford Taurus with a K-State vanity plate, license number 225 BAB. He said the car was registered to an owner in Merriam.

Police described the shooter as a white male in his 50s or 60s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 220 pounds, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

Tiller became known because his abortion clinic was one of the few in the country that would perform late term abortions. Because of this, he was repeatedly attacked by militant anti-abortionists. His clinic was bombed in 1986, he was shot in 1993 and just last month his clinic was seriously vandalized.

Operation Rescue, the organization that usually organizes demonstrations in front of Tiller’s clinic, has already officially condemned the murder, but members have repeatedly caller for Tiller’s death.

However, then there’s this statement from the founder of Operation Rescue, Randall Terry:

George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.

Wow. It takes some brass ones to put out a statement like that after somebody was murdered at their church. Kind of classless if you ask me.

More as it develops…

  • Simon

    My friend Ruth Anne tweeted for many of us: “I’m a pro-lifer who is dismayed at the news of Tiller’s murder. We stand for life from conception to natural death.”

  • markg8

    It’s terrorism and it will continue I guess until someone shoots Bill O’Reilly, Randall Terry, and James Dobson in both arms (1993 attack on Tiller), bombs their offices (1986), blockades their offices (1991), cuts the wires to their office security systems, chops holes in their roofs and plugs up the drainage system, (last month), mounts protests at their churches, homes, and offices (repeatedly) and finally walks into the vestibules of their respective churches while they’re serving as ushers handing out church bulletins, with their wives upstairs singing in the choir, and shoots them to death, evidently in the face so that witnesses will have to tell the police who the victims are, just like Tiller.

    Then maybe, just maybe, the kind of disgusting violent rhetoric by the likes of these goons against doctors like Tiller who perform legal abortions will cease.

  • DB

    Randall Terry is living by the sword. You know what they say about how that ends.

  • rachel

    I knew a woman who got a late-term abortion because pre-natal tests showed that the fetus was acephalic and had spinal bifida. It took her years to recover from this heart-break. Being forced to carry this nonviable fetus to term and then push it out her birth canal after it reached full size would have made her feel so much better, I’m sure.

  • Tully

    Markg8–You’re part of the problem. As is every damn extremist who thinks the solution to their issues is the violent death of those who think differently than them. Seek psychiatric help.

    George Tiller was a courageous and dedicated man, completely devoted to serving his patients despite having been assaulted, bombed, shot, and continually threatened and picketed for the last thirty years. Even if you believe what he did was evil, no impartial observer could credibly claim that George did not deeply believe he was doing the right thing for those who came to him, and that he was willing to risk his life every single day on their behalf.

    People don’t do that for money. They do it from conviction. His dedication was as sincere as it could possibly be, and he proved it continually. And there is little doubt he was murdered for it–as he long suspected he would be.

    And people wonder why I am so opposed to the “Death to the Other!” rhetoric coming from so many quarters nowadays, regardless of which side it’s coming from or on which issue. Because this is the predictable result of such rhetoric. Unbalanced people being so fired up that they convince themselves that their cause justifies doing anything against the Other.

  • Norris Hall

    Those who perform abortions are baby killers.
    Baby Killers must be stopped at all costs
    Therefore all who believe that abortionists are baby killers must agree that Tillers “execution” was justified.
    Some Abortion opponents are trying to say that they do not approve of violence or murder to stop abortionists.
    Yet who would stand by and watch his neighbors kids being murdered and not take action…violent action??

    I’m sure that abortionists nationwide are thinking “Maybe it’s time to get into another business.”

    Mission accomplished!!

  • Chris

    Norris you’re a dumbass.

    Moving on.

    Just keep in mind that the republicans and their fundie friends only care about you until you’re born. After that they’re happy to strip you of your right to health care, education, marry who you want. They’re happy to execute you, even though they say they are “pro-life”.

    God is so proud of you, keep it up.

  • the Word

    While most people would like to see less abortions whether they be pro-choice or anti-abortion. I take solace that most would likely also see you as someone whose ideas they would not want to be associated with.

  • Jim S

    Ah, Tully, sometimes we can agree completely on something, can’t we? Did we ever talk about when I was the IT department for Planned Parenthood of Greater Kansas City? There just aren’t that many jobs where you can come in some mornings and find office windows shot out, have the office air conditioning units sabotaged and have to evacuate the building because of bomb threats. You can imagine what the protestors said to me because they thought I was a doctor.

  • Tully

    Jim S — I knew George for 37 years as a parent’s colleague and a family friend. The mainstream pro-life protesters never bothered him much unless they were vandalizing the place or annoying/assaulting/blocking his patients. He respected their convictions (though obviously not sharing them) and the way they managed to mostly keep their demonstrations peaceful and legal despite the loonie fringers. Not that he WANTED them there, but he accepted their protests as genuine and respected that their method was peaceful and within the law.

    The radical in-your-face DIE DEMON DIE nutburgers brethren, OTOH, he was justifiably wary of. Being bombed and shot will do that to you. OpRescue is scum, and their sorrowful statement after spending years stalking him and encouraging others to stalk him and his clinic personnel is pure BS. The guy who did this was one of the OR crowd, a true whackjob in more ways than one who was part of more than one deep-fried nutburger group.

    Yeah, I remember we did talk about our respective “clinic time” once. You told me about the fun of working for PP, I told you about the joys of running an outpatient clinic that mostly served AIDS patients during the so-called Summer of Mercy. When my clinic was briefly picketed that summer by some of the loonie fringe (’cause gays are sinners doomed to Hell and we were delaying God’s Judgement on some by keeping them alive for a few extra months–AIDS was a genuine death sentence then with a very short and hopeless appeals process) George called me up and said “I don’t want to hear you complaining. You got thirty for an afternoon, I’ve got three thousand for the whole summer!” It was nice of him to take those few minutes to cheer me up with a shot of humor, when he was in the eye of the storm and we were just getting sprinkled on a bit. Well, comparitively, anyway.

    I hadn’t seen him much in recent years–he was understandably wary of being out in public–but he was a genuinely kind and gentle man who deeply believed in serving his patients and who refused to be intimidated.

  • the Word

    Tully —
    Sorry for your loss. Obviously you knew him better than most of the people commenting and also knew the whole person.

  • mike tippit

    you people that worry about what other people are doing need to GET A FREAKIN LIFE !!!!!!!!! its pretty rediculouse that you anti abortionists have nothing better to do than sit around and complain and talk trash about other people and im positive that none of you bible thumping church going hipocrits are completly innocent of doing wrong at sum points in your lives it makes me sick to know that theres actually people out there wasting time protesting and acting stupid over abortions its a persons right to do whatever they feel necessary with their lives if it wasent for abortion clinics in sum cases families with existing children would suffer due to the bringing of another child into a family by accident and birth control doesent always work trust me !!!!! anyways why dont you people focus on something important like child molesters and rapists now theres a good cause to get involved in how bout those poor women who have been raped by sum scum bag that just got out of jail for the same thing and rapes again and she ends up pregnent how would you idiots feel if it happened to you and you had to raise that basterd child FOOD FOR THOUGHT !!!!!! so all you time wasters need to go get a JOB or a second one and use up your free time more efficiently instead of bothering the world with your ignorent pointless little bull crap and go save a bug or something im sorry if i offend anyone but you all need a dose of reality and im sure this speach wont change nuthin but i feel better saying it anyway lol