Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller inside of his church, is going to trial. Not a huge surprise. The court ruled that there was enough evidence to warrant a trial. Oh, you mean because Roeder brutally gunned down an innocent man inside of a church surrounded by friends and family of said innocent man?!
“Dr. Tiller’s family was not seen there, nor were the best-known leaders of Operation Rescue and other anti-abortion groups here, which have denounced the killing.”
Hmmm. As much the NYT would like to make it seem as if Operation Rescue is just a simple, sensitive group trying to make their way in the world, the terrorist activities they support do not bear that out. A commenter over at RH Reality Check was in attendance at the trial and was pretty clear:
I attended Roeder’s hearing yesterday, and while Operation Rescue was not officially in attendance, I can say people who support OR were. They talked casually about Troy (Newman, pres of OR) and Mark (Gietzen, Kansas Coalition for Life). And just as casually about knowing “Scott” for several years and reading “Paul’s” book (first names, no last). I was sitting amongst the groupies! One even shouted out for a wave from Roeder. At least one traveled from out of town, and they all seemed to have known each other for years. It was mortifying, to say the least.
Who’s “Paul”? That would be Paul Hill, the murderer of another doctor who provided abortions, back in 1994. Hill was sentenced to death by lethal injection, the first person executed for anti-abortion violence.
The situation is such that even if men like these are convicted – or even executed (which I personally do not agree with) – this doesn’t begin to effect the larger issue. If we continue to refuse to see these incidents as connected, under the umbrella of official anti-choice terrorism, we are doing virtually nothing to stop them from happening again.
- Roeder, voluntary manslaughter and the future of anti-abortion terrorism by Jill January 12, 2010
- Randall Terry’s pathetic road show by Joe Sonka August 25, 2009
- Kansas AG’s harassment of an abortion provider fails again by Jill December 26, 2006
- Dr. Tiller’s Clinic Will Remain Closed by Cara June 9, 2009
- The Company You Keep by Jill July 18, 2007