George Tiller was a hero to many because of his perseverence in a climate of fear and intimidation.
Tiller, 67, was killed with a single gunshot while his wife and daughter were also in the church. Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old Kansas man with a history of strong anti-abortion views, was arrested hours later. Police said Sunday that Roeder is expected to be charged today with one count of homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.
Tiller’s Wichita clinic is one of the few in the country that performs late-term abortions. The clinic was vandalized in May; it was bombed in 1985; and Tiller was shot outside the building in 1993.
Tiller, an usher at the church, was handing out programs at services at the time of the shooting. His wife Jean, was singing in the choir.
“What I’m doing is legal. What I am doing is moral. What I’m doing is ethical,” he said. “And you’re not going to run me out of town.”
And yet there are the fanatics who refuse to see the killing of Tiller as wrong. Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry says, “George Tiller is a mass murderer. We grieve for him that he did not hve time to properly prepare his soul to face God.” Tweeters are calling him “Tiller the baby killer.”
The suspect’s ex-wife, Lindsey Roeder, says it was her former husband’s anti-abortion views that led to their divorce, and that he never kept quiet about his abortion views.
She said her former husband was a member of the Freemen in Missouri and has a criminal history that includes an 1996 arrest for various parole violations and having bomb making materials. She said he did do some time on charges related to those issues, but was released on a technicality.
Besides Randall Terry’s sickening reponse, the Freepers are celebrating with comments like:
Bah…I dont play political correctness…i would no sooner cry for tillman than I would for the jeffery Dalmer…
Hope he burns in hell….
And how about this piece of loveliness:
as my gandfather used to say…tillamn shot dead?….sucks like dead japs…
I wish it were surprising that a man doing his job legally, helping women who had nowhere else to go was gunned down. Sadly, with the atmosphere in America today, this was a tragedy waiting to happen.