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Monday, June 01, 2009

Missed it by that much.

Many of you have probably already heard about the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller. For those who don't know, Tiller is a physician who has earned a degree of repute as one of the few who perform late term abortions. He was shot and killed while serving as an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church of Wichita. This is not the first time, unfortunately, that violence has been directed at Tiller:

Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993. Tiller was wounded in both arms. Shannon remains in prison.

The clinic was bombed in June 1986 and was severely vandalized last month. His lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings' downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident.

It's unclear at present whether or not the shooting was related to his willingness to perform late term abortions but everyone more or less appears to strongly suspect that it was.

I have nothing in particular to say about Tiller and whether or not I approve of his actions. As I've mentioned before, I am pro-choice, but know next to nothing about Tiller or the circumstances of his practice. As such, it wouldn't really be appropriate for me to comment. If nothing else, he sounds like he was an interesting man:

Dr. George R. Tiller specializes in terminating late-term pregnancies after the fetus has been diagnosed with a birth defect: a deformed heart, missing kidneys, Down's syndrome, anencephaly.

He calls his work a "reproductive ministry," and he offers his patients many of the same services as the hospice. Tiller encourages parents to hold, dress and photograph their aborted children, whom he delivers stillborn but intact. His staff takes ink-prints of tiny feet and hands; he brings in a chaplain for baptisms. Letters from grateful patients line the clinic's walls.

No, what I do want to remark on is the response to the news about Tiller's death. By and large both pro-choice and pro-life groups seem to be condemning the killing, although Operation Rescue still uses the occasion to refer to him as a mass murderer:

George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. [emphasis added]

And, given my interest in the response, I decided to see what my favorite band of whackos, Conservapedia, thought about events. To my pleasant surprise, their headline was actually pretty decent:

Or, in plain human speech:

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortionist in Wichita, Kansas, was apparently shot and killed while in his church today. Conservapedia condemns his murder, and expects his killer to be brought to justice.

It clearly indicates what happened, clearly condemns it, and seems generally concerned for the rule of law. Granted, I'm sure Conservapedia generally hated Tiller's little guts, but they nevertheless responded to this pretty decently. For a brief, shining moment I actually felt proud of Conservapedia and felt compelled to write a blog post to make it known that, on at least this one occasion, I genuinely respected how they approached a controverial issue.

And then I took a look at their article on Tiller:

And, to make the boxed item more clear:

Tiller was shot to death in Wichita, Kansas, at the Reformation Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, on Sunday, May 31, 2009. The Kansas pro-life community immediately denounced this act of retaliatory violence. [emphasis added]

So, on the plus side, they're not just plainly yelling, "Good! Serves 'im right!" But, on the other hand, they're labeling the attack "retaliatory violence" as though Tiller were besieging a city with a barbarian army. I gotta be honest, it really weakens the condemnation when you implicitly justify it at the same time.

Well, I guess it's better than nothing.

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