Controversial life, shocking death

Late-term abortion specialist, Dr. George Tiller, was shot and killed today in the Wichita, Kansas Reformation Lutheran Church where he was an usher. A suspect is in custody.

Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services clinic, is one of only three such facilities nationally where abortions are performed after the 21st week of pregnancy. Tiller advertised second and third trimester abortions as his specialty since 1973. It was to his clinic that Arizona’s “Jackie Doe,” a 14-year-old ward of the state, was flown for a very late-term abortion amidst a flurry of news reports and legal actions in the summer of 1999.

In March of this year, Tiller was acquitted of 19 misdemeanor counts in a jury trial.  He was indicted after an investigation begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. Prosecutors charged that Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires. 

“I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law,” Kline said in a written statement. “We join in lifting prayer that God’s grace and presence rest with Dr. Tiller’s family and friends.”

Pro-life advocates denounced the shooting and stressed that they support only nonviolent protest.

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5 Responses to Controversial life, shocking death

  1. Ellsworth says:

    When these events take place, they are used as fodder against the pro-life movement.

    I sincerely regret the criminal act that took Dr. Tiller’s life as I also mourn all of the innocent lives needlessly lost to this world by his well-remunerated actions.

  2. DeAnn says:

    While I don’t condone killing the man, I won’t shed any tears. How sad that a church would let this man be a member, much less an usher.

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    Tiller donated thousands of dollars to former Kansas Governor and now the recently sworn in U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius over the years.

    Her connection to the third trimester abortionist caused a number of Bishops in the Catholic Church (to which Sebelius has belonged) to requested she refrain from communion.

  4. Kara Leighton says:

    DeAnn:
    Tiller’s wife, who benefited from his blood money, was also a member of the church choir. There’s no way to put a “pretty face” on any aspect of this picture. No one condones the brutal killing of Tiller, and few of us condone the brutally involved in the killing of late term human infants, many just prior to natural birth, a barbaric practice rightly called infanticide.
    You speak for many of us as we ponder how this man was a valued church member, serving as an usher during religious services.

  5. DeAnn says:

    I wonder if “Reformed” Lutheran church is a way of saying “liberal”. I can’t believe Luther would have approved of killing (butchering) viable babies not yet born. All Lutherans should ask their church leadership why they allowed this man to serve in this church.