A shocking tragedy unfolded Sunday morning as abortion doctor George Tiller was shot dead in the foyer of his church while his wife sang in the choir. Police apprehended a 51-year-old suspect, later identified as Scott Roeder, in connection to the killing. Dr. Tiller was one of three doctors in the country who provided abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy, also known as late-term abortions. He operated out of a fortified clinic and usually travelled with a bodyguard.
Whatever your views on abortion, late-term or otherwise, it’s undeniable that this is a savage act of murder perpetrated by a sick individual who somehow felt justified by his beliefs. It’s also important to note that the killer doesn’t speak for 99.9999999% of the pro-life crowd, as this is a heinous crime that has been denounced by every major pro-life organization.
To those who would try to smear every one on the pro-life side with Scott Roeder’s murderous brush, as if this somehow invalidates any sort of argument by the vast, vast majority with a peaceful point of view, I would urge you to remember that. It might be impossible for many to approve of the sort of procedures that Dr. Tiller performed, but under no circumstances did the 67-year-old deserve to be shot dead, and his family did not deserve to be sentenced to a lifetime of grieving.
If Roeder is indeed responsible for Tiller’s murder, I hope he’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And please, like the recent Pittsburg shooting, let’s not read too deeply into the motives of either side of the abortion debate from this tragedy and, for God’s sake, leave the irrational and destructive politics of guilt by association out of this.