Monday, June 1, 2009

Abortion Doctor Shot In Church

Suspect held in abortion doctor's slaying

San Francisco Chronicle — Dr. George Tiller - one of the few U.S. physicians who performed late-term abortions and long a target of violent extremists as well as principled opponents - was shot and killed Sunday in the lobby of his church.
A 51-year-old suspect, identified by sheriff's deputies as Scott Roeder, was arrested three hours after the shooting in a Kansas City suburb about 170 miles from Wichita. Police said he would likely be charged today with one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
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Political backlash expected from Tiller’s shooting

Kansas City Star — The bullet that killed George Tiller on Sunday did what lawmakers, prosecutors and grassroots activists never could: end the career of the nation’s most prominent abortion provider.
But those who long fought against Tiller’s work now worry Sunday’s act of vigilantism will set back efforts to restrict abortion and will poison the debate — possibly for years.
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Abortion provider was accustomed to threats

USA Today — George Tiller, who was murdered in his church Sunday, had aborted tens of thousands of fetuses since the 1970s and believed in what he was doing.
"There was something unique about Dr. Tiller," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York.
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