George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, city officials in Wichita said.The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue says it doesn't condone violence:
Dr. Tiller, who had performed abortions since the 1970s, had long been a lightning rod for controversy over the issue of abortion, particularly in Kansas, where abortion opponents regularly protested outside his clinic and sometimes his home and church. In 1993, he was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent but recovered.
He had also been the subject of many efforts at prosecution, including a citizen-initiated grand jury investigation. In the latest such effort, in March, Dr. Tiller was acquitted of charges that he had performed late-term abortions that violated state law.
The shooting occurred at around 10 a.m. (Central time) at Reformation Lutheran Church on the city’s East Side, Dr. Tiller’s regular church. NYT
Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued a statement denouncing the shooting.I know not all anti abortion groups (or pro lifers) condone violence but Operation Rescue is suspect. Randall Terry of Operation Rescue is the guy who led all the protests of Obama's speech at Notre Dame. The guy, quite frankly, is an idiot. He called Obama an "agent of death." The organization uses hateful language. What do these folks expect to get with their rhetoric and their ugly protests?
"We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," said Troy Newman, Operation Rescue's president. "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." MSNBC