The murder of Dr Tiller

Dr. George Tiller was murdered in church this morning by an anti-abortion fanatic.  Dr. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was one of three in the country where women could receive late-term abortions.  He and his clinic have been targets of violence for years.  This morning, he was murdered in front of his wife, who was singing in the church choir.  

I cannot begin to say how sickened I am by this wanton, heinous act.  As I find out any information about memorial funds or actions, I’ll post them.

  • That is awful news, Sara. It’s hard to believe people will do a thing like that.

  • That is terrible. I have never understood why the life of an unborn child is so much more important to the anti-abortionists than the life of anyone else.
    My heart goes out to his family.

  • corkhead

    You are so right, Bag Lady! Pro-life they call themselves! And it’s usually women who are poor and without resources to look after a child/any more children who are using those clinics. The medics who work there are very brave, especially in the US where all it takes is a gun shot.

  • Here’s some other, sobering information: not counting pickets and clinic blockades, there have been 15,125 acts of violence against providers and clinics since 1977, when the National Abortion Federation first began gathering statistics. These include 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 179 episodes of battery, and 100 episodes of attack with butyric acid. The other statistics refer to kidnapping, stalking, bomb and arson, and anthrax.

  • Your piece in the Guardian was very interesting and thought provoking. Thank you, Sara.

    Could you put a link to it here? I tried to find it online, but couldn’t.

  • Thank you! Maybe it would make a good blog post?

  • Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Der Ms Paretsky
    It is indeed a despicable crime.
    May the good doctor rest in peace.
    My heart goes out to his family.
    Hope you will write a book about this since pro-life is “hot” in the US now. Also you can weave the issues of gay marriages in the same novel. It will sure be a best-seller.I will be first in line to buy it. Thank you.

  • genny

    Unfortunatley, the inhumanity of man never ceases to amaze me.

    Something else I always wondered-for those that believe that life begins at inception—with medical science indicating that a woman who smokes, uses drugs or drinks during pregnancy is harming the unborn fetus–why isn’t she charged with child endangerment? Also, if there is a miscarriage (regardless of the reason)–where is the charge for involuntary manslaughter?

    I know this idea seems absurb, but so are their actions


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