US religious rightist murders doctor

This is a video from the USA about the murder of Dr Tiller.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Kansas doctor, target of anti-abortion fanatics, gunned down in Wichita

1 June 2009

Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who has been the target of repeated attacks by right-wing elements linked to the Kansas Republican Party, was shot to death Sunday morning at his Wichita church.

The gunman, described as a white male, fled the scene in a powder blue Ford Taurus, but was reportedly taken into custody by police later in the day in New Century, Kansas, about 170 miles northeast of Wichita.

Johnson County sheriff’s spokesman Tom Erickson later reported that Scott Roeder was the man whose car was stopped. Wichita police said charges were expected in the murder on Monday.

Dr. Tiller, who was 67 years old, was murdered inside Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the congregation. Tiller was serving as a church usher while his wife sang in the choir. He is the fourth abortion doctor murdered by right-wing religious fundamentalists since 1993.

One of a handful of doctors willing to provide third-trimester abortions in Kansas, Tiller has been subjected to a series of abusive prosecutions and lawsuits by right-wing politicians, most of them Republicans, and was frequently targeted for death threats from the fascistic wing of the anti-abortion groups. His Wichita clinic was bombed in 1985, and he was shot by an anti-abortion fanatic in 1993, who wounded him in both arms. His clinic was vandalized last month, with tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Refusing to be intimidated by this two-decade-long campaign of threats and provocations, Tiller continued to provide abortion services to women who frequently had no other recourse for hundreds of miles. His Women’s Health Care Services clinic is one of three US facilities that perform abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy.

See also here.

Shooting of US abortion doctor shocks Obama: here.

Murderous anti-abortionists in the USA are organized in the Army of God. On its Internet site, to which I will not link, the Army of God gloats about the murder of Dr Tiller. It is some reflection on the state of free speech in the USA that the “Christian” terrorist Army of God has a web site; while Dr Tiller’s site seems to be off line.

The US political establishment tends to say that the Army of God supposedly does not exist … while wildly accusing Muslims and non-Muslims supposed to be Muslims of terrorist conspiracies which later turn out to be non-existent. The denials about the Army of God remind one a bit about former FBI head Herbert Hoover. Hoover denied that the mafia existed (he had a mafia connection himself).

6 thoughts on “US religious rightist murders doctor

  1. Jun 1, 9:45 AM EDT

    Slain Kan. abortion provider’s clinic closed

    Abortion doctor shot at church

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Flowers have been placed along a fence outside the Wichita clinic of slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and the clinic flag is flying at half staff.

    A police officer at the clinic said Monday morning that the clinic was closed and would remain shut for a week.

    Tiller was shot Sunday morning in the foyer of his church.

    The man suspected of shooting him was arrested outside Kansas City and was in a Wichita jail cell Monday without bail. Formal charges against him were expected to be filed Monday.


  2. Abortion rights leaders reacted to the killing with shock and determination

    Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the murder would “send a chill down the spines of the brave and courageous providers” offering abortion to American women.

    “Violence and murder will never end the need for abortion,” said Dr. Suzanne T. Poppema, board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. “With great sadness and discouragement we call on the government to reactivate its protection system for our nation’s abortion providers.”

    Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said Tiller was aware of the dangers he faced, “yet he continued to protect his patients and provide safe and legal abortions to women in often-desperate circumstances.”

    She and other activists urged that Monday be observed as a national day of mourning for Tiller, as well as a day of commitment to the cause of abortion rights.

    According to the National Abortion Federation, Tiller was the eighth U.S. abortion provider murdered since 1977, and 17 others had been targeted with attempted murder.

    © 2009 The Associated Press.


  3. Abortion clinic bombers not terrorists, Palin says

    Oct 24, 2008

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has accused Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists,” has refused to call people who bomb abortion clinics by the same name.

    When asked Thursday night by NBC television presenter Brian Williams whether an abortion clinic bomber was a terrorist, Palin heaved a sigh and, at first, circumvented the question.


  4. Tory
    1 June 2009, 9:20 am

    The suspect is one Scott Roeder.

    Blogs have found this:

    Scott Roeder
    Mon September 03, 2007, 09:49:40

    It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the “lawlessness” which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp “Mengele” of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.

    The ADL has this:

    “July 7, Kansas: Scott Roeder is sentenced to sixteen months in state prison for parole violations following a 1996 conviction for having bomb components in his car trunk. Roeder, a sovereign citizen and tax protester, violated his parole by not filing tax returns or providing his social security number to his employer.”

    As well as being of member of:

    The sovereign citizen movement is a network of American litigants who claim to be “sovereign citizens”; that is, people who claim to have certain rights under English common law and to be unaccountable to the federal government. The litigants advance this concept in opposition to “federal citizens” who, they believe, have unknowingly forfeited their rights by accepting some aspect of federal law.


    Sounds like a tin foil hat stopper. Not to mention a murderer and a terrorist.


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