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.