Kansas Late-Term Abortionist George Tiller Shot and Killed — Pro-Life Groups React

Witnesses have confirmed that a man that was shot and killed in the lobby at a Wichita church this morning was Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a congregation member. Police have reportedly apprehended a suspect – a white male who was seen fleeing the scene of the shooting in a blue Taurus.

The Kansas abortionist has long been a lightning rod for the abortion debate, partly on account of his emphasis on providing late-term abortions at his Wichita facility – a specialization that recently landed him in court on 19 counts of conducting illegal late-term abortions.

Last month, after a three day trial, a jury acquitted Tiller of all the charges. Immediately following the trial, however, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts stated that it was bringing 11 charges against Tiller’s license. The Board accused Tiller of “performing an abortion on a fetus that was viable without having a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with him; unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency; and commitment of acts likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.”

Pro-life organizations immediately denounced this morning’s killing. Operation Rescue, which has helped spearheaded the effort to bring the charges against the abortionist, issued a statement, saying:

“We are shocked at this morning’s disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, who has also been closely involved in Tiller’s case, issued a brief statement saying simply that he and his coalition “condemn” the shooting.

Jim Hughes, the president of Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition, and vice president of International Right to Life, also reacted to the shooting with dismay. “Not only is this sort of violence seriously damaging to the pro-life cause, it is also deeply contrary to everything that is meant by the phrase pro-life,” he told LifeSiteNews.com. “Those of us in the pro-life movement do not want to see abortionists die, we want to see them convert.”

Hughes speculated that the shooter may be someone who has been personally affected by abortion and was seeking revenge against Tiller. “May God have mercy on his soul,” said Hughes of the abortionist.

Fr. Pavone, the head of priests for life, also issued a statement, saying:” I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it…

“But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.”

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  • Warren Jewell

    No murderer is ever justified, but Christ would note that “If you live by causing death to the innocent, death will catch you up here, and/or hereafter.” Tiller lived by his form of sword, and a sword has found him.

    May God have mercy on his soul – and on the soul of his murderer.

  • http://4marks.com DonHudzinski

    Planned Parenthood creates unwanted lists, when they say, “Terminate Unwanted Pregnancies”.

    They promote the termination of the unwanted, until that statement becomes, “Terminate Unwanted Abortionist”, but how can they stop a culture inwhich they have created and promoted.

  • DWC

    Innocent he was not, but this can never be justified. It moves the pro-life community backwards rather than forward.

  • http://heyitsjustablogman.blogspot.com/ jackster

    Media space devoted to reporting, opining, and commenting on this tragic event will be largely used to condemn pro-human-rights persons as violent and dangerous. Being familiar with a bit of hard data might be useful to your discussions over the next little while:

    Human Rights Culture War Violence Scoresheet:(/b>

    Violence Committed by Anti-Human-Rights “Extremists” or “Vigilantes”
    http://abortionviolence.com/

    Violence Committed by Pro-Human-Rights “Extremists” or “Vigilantes”
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_viol.htm

  • http://www.tell-usa.org Bob Struble

    The solution is to stop the killing of babies. The ongoing holocaust is what gives rise to ancillary disorders, like vigilantism.

    Another point to consider is the scandal given by the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita that honored Tiller as an usher, and his wife as a choir member. Tiller’s profession was outrageous enough. But then to see him strutting about in a church! Enough, perhaps, to drive a person off the deep end?

  • http://catholichawk.com PrairieHawk

    “Many that live deserve death, and some who die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment, for even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
    –Gandalf

  • daughterofeve

    Things are definitly getting interesting for the pro-life movement. First Notre Dame, and now this. My Mom protests outside our local mill, and she says that after the Notre Dame scandle, she got yelled at a lot more than usual. What’ll happen now? I think that God may be sending us a hint to get more active.
    World hated Him before the rest of us.

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