Martyr for Late Term Abortion Rights?
by Kerry Peresta
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Dr. George Tiller, Martyr for Late-Term Abortion
Was It Worth It?
When Dr. George Tiller strode into the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita Sunday morning, he had no idea that within the space of a few minutes he would become a martyr for pro-abortion activists, his blood commingled with thousands of tiny, abbreviated lives.
Dr. Tiller was executed by a pro-lifer Sunday, March 31, during a church service (good timing? bad timing? I guess it depends on one’s perspective). I am perplexed that he continued his mission to help women achieve third-trimester abortions in the face of escalating anti-abortion sentiment. In 1993 he was shot in both arms in an attempt to get him to stop performing late-term abortions. In 1985, his clinic was bombed. His office has been repeatedly vandalized. Protesters daily picketed his home. He routinely traveled with a bodyguard, and his office was under armed guard. Did he have some kind of perverted celebrity status death wish? He had an on-site incinerator, with which to burn the bodies of aborted fetuses. I think I would give a lot of thought to giving up whatever practice it was that raised the hackles of protesters enough to maim, kill, descrate and picket me. I’d at least move the incinerator.
According to an article by William M. Welch in USA Today, Monday, June 1, 2009; it is reported that he continually thumbed his nose at laws put in place to protect mothers from decisions that would scar them for life, and of course, terminate the lives of their babies. He failed to get the opinion (required by state law) of an independent doctor that a woman would suffer “substantial and irreversible” harm if she did NOT terminate the pregnancy. In other words, if a woman wanted an abortion, and she was 8-1/2 months pregnant, Dr. Tiller routinely swept this life away on her whim, without going through appropriate protective measures.
Records show, Welch continues in the article, Dr. Tiller was a prolific contributor to liberal causes and candidates, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.Tiller’s clinic was one of only three in the nation that performs late-term abortions.
At this writing, the police have stated they have not uncovered a motive for the shooting. I bet if we, the general public, would put our heads together, we could help pinpoint a motive. I bet we would agree that a pregnancy at six months and beyond should not be subject to the horrors an abortion promulgates. I bet we would agree, even if we do not agree on first-trimester scenario, that third trimester abortion is wrong and a person who could do this is not in touch with reality nor the consequences of his actions. What motivated Scott Roeder to shoot this man was simple: a desire to save babies. Period. Motivation provided.
Doesn’t excuse him from the murder. Murder is murder. This was not, of course, the right or best way to tie Dr. Tiller’s hands. The right-to-life group Operation Rescue’s Director Troy Newman, has renouced the murder. This organization was trying to get Dr. Tiller’s medical license revoked through peacable, factual means. But I think we can understand Scott Roeder’s urgency and desperation in a culture that sometimes appears to protect the criminal and condemn the innocent.
Pro-abortion activists are bemoaning the fact that women now will have less options for a late-term abortion and are calling him a ‘brave defender of womens rights.’ Would it have been too much to ask that the nearly-completely-formed babies that were tossed in Dr. Tiller’s backyard incinerator have a brave defender too?
Marla Patrick, Kansas state coordinator for NOW (National Organization for Women) gives us valuable insight into Dr. George Tiller with these words: “He was constantly harassed, threatened, the man never escaped it...He knew it would someday cost him his life.” Well, it certainly did. I wonder if he thinks it was worth it now.
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