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***SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THE VIDEO ARE VERY GRAPHIC***
Los Angeles Times
10:54 AM PDT, June 9, 2009
Reporting from Wichita, Kan. — A long, difficult chapter in the struggle over legalized abortion came to an end today, when the family of slain physician George Tiller announced this morning that it would permanently close his Wichita abortion clinic, Women’s Health Care Services.
Tiller, 67, was shot to death in the vestibule of his Lutheran church on May 31, where he served as an usher.
The shuttering of his clinic means there are no abortion providers left in the Wichita area, and only two other clinics in the country that perform late-term abortions, Tiller’s specialty.
In a statement released by attorneys Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson, Tiller’s wife, Jeanne, and their four adult children said that the family was “ceasing operation of the clinic and any involvement by family members in any other similar clinic.
“We are proud of the service and courage shown by our husband and father and know that women’s healthcare needs have been met because of his dedication and service,” the family said in the statement. “That is a legacy that will never die. The family will honor Dr. Tiller’s memory through private charitable activities.”
In the statement, the family assured Tiller’s past patients that their privacy and records “will remain as fiercely protected now and in the future as they were during Dr. Tiller’s lifetime.”
Abortion rights supporters said the clinic’s closing did not represent a defeat for the movement.
“It’s what the extremist wing of the antiabortion movement wanted,” said Katherine Spillar, executive vice president of the group Feminist Majority. “But this is not a victory for them.”
She said that although the closing would be disruptive in the short term — women who expected to have second- and third-term abortions at Tiller’s clinic will have to seek them elsewhere — she expected it to spur more doctors nationwide to begin providing late-term abortions.
“I think that you will see a regrouping and a determination on the part of the medical community in this country,” she said. “In the meantime, we are working to ensure that all women in this country have access to the medical care they need.”
Spillar said she understood the Tiller family’s decision to close the clinic. “The family has just suffered the loss of the husband and father at the end of 30 years of harassment and violence,” she said. “That’s the reality.”
Abortion foes were muted in their response to today’s announcement. Many have said Tiller’s death robs them of the opportunity to put him out of business using legal means. On the day he was acquitted of criminal charges in March, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts announced it was investigating Tiller on similar charges.
“Dr. Tiller’s clinic was probably going to close soon anyway because of actions by our Board of Healing Arts, not to mention several serious lawsuits,” said Mary Kay Culp, director of the group Kansans for Life, “and it’s just really tragic that it had to happen because he was murdered.”
Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old abortion foe with ties to anti-government groups who had once been arrested with bomb-making materials in his car, has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
Abortion opponents had long made Tiller’s clinic — a plain, but fortified one-story structure next to a freeway — a center of protest and, sometimes, violence. In 1986, the clinic was firebombed and extensively damaged.
In 1993, Tiller was shot in both arms by a woman who was convicted of attempted murder.
Tiller was also pursued through the courts by abortion opponents.
In March, he was acquitted of criminal charges that he broke Kansas abortion laws. And last month, Monnat said, his clinic was vandalized by someone who cut wires to security cameras, tore up part of the roof and stuffed stones into the downspouts. Monnat said Monday that he had asked the FBI in May to investigate whether federal laws had been broken in that incident.
Todd Friel talks about the murder of Dr. Tiller and explains things from a Biblical perspective . Excellent!
Thanks to TheWretchedNetwork
There has been a lot in the press recently about the murder of Wichita abortionist George Tiller and although I categorically abhor murder and believe there is no justification whatsoever for it and we should be content to leave any vengeance with God who is the Judge of all men and He will bring them to account I wanted to post some horrific and very sad pictures I came across depicting the evil work of George Tiller who not only played god with the slaughtering of the lives of thousands of children but whose work also caused untold physical emotional and spiritual damage to the women involved.
The mother in this picture is at the “memorial service” of her daughter Tess who has been butchered by Tiller in which he reportedly drove a pair of scissors into the back of the girls scull killing her in the most horrific fashion.
For the full story go to KGOV Radio.
Pictures from The Pilgrim
What The Scriptures Teach
Many have argued that because the Bible does not mention abortion therefore aborting babies is not a sin. Why the silence of the Bible on abortion? The answer is simple. Abortion was so unthinkable to an Israelite woman that there was no need to even mention it in the criminal code. Why was abortion an unthinkable act? First, children were viewed as a gift or heritage from the Lord. Second, the Scriptures state–and the Jews concurred–that God opens and closes the womb and is sovereign over conception. Third, childlessness was seen as a curse.
The Scriptures undeniably teach that God Himself Personally creates every child in the womb of the mother and knows them intimately before they are even born.
Furthermore, God is the One Who “opens and closes the womb” — He decides when children are conceived. Children in the womb are alive, not simply a “fetus”. Yet so many today think that they know better than God whether or not they should have a child.
It is also clear that God desires the birth of children. When God chastised King David for his adulterous affair and subsequent murder of Bathsheba’s husband, He took the life of the baby through illness. Many today would actually be pleased to have such an “get out”! Yet David, despite his sin of adultery, fasted seven days before God in the hope that his infant would live! David knew that the infant, though conceived in adultery, was a gift from God. How different from modern attitudes.
Human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27; 5:1; 9:6). Bearing the image of God is the essence of humanness. And though God’s image in man was marred at the Fall, it was not erased (cf. 1 Cor. 11:7; James 3:9). Thus, the unborn baby is made in the image of God and therefore fully human in God’s sight.
Every conception is an act of God as Scripture indicates—You made me; You formed me; You breathed into me the breath of life; You ordained that I would live; You opened the womb; You made me to be the one You wanted me to be. This is the testimony of Scripture. Psalm 139:13-16.
God alone claims absolute sovereignty and right over life and death. To take the life of the unborn is therefore a violation of Exodus 20:13 — it is murder.
Albert Molher writes…
The cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday morning presents the pro-life movement in America with a crucial moral test — will we condemn this murder in unqualified terms?
For many years, Dr. George Tiller has represented the horrific reality of the abortion industry in this nation. Infamously known to the pro-life movement in America, Tiller was known as “Tiller the Killer” because of his well-known willingness to perform late-term abortions almost no other doctor in the nation would perform. Because of Dr. George Tiller, Wichita became the destination of choice for women seeking abortions in the late third trimester.
In 1993 Tiller was shot in both arms by an assailant. His clinic was regularly protested and was once bombed. Tiller had many brushes with the law, and just weeks ago he was acquitted of charges that he had colluded with another physician to illegally justify late-term abortions.
George Tiller was shot to death Sunday morning as he was serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Witnesses said that a lone assailant entered the church, shot Dr. Tiller with a single shot, threatened two others, and then fled the scene. A suspect was arrested hours later. Wichita police said that the unnamed suspect would likely face multiple charges as early as Monday.
Violence in response to the horror of abortion is rare, but not new. According to some news reports, Dr. Tiller was the fifth physician to be murdered by abortion opponents. In other cases, abortion clinics have been bombed and workers have been hurt or killed.
Proponents of abortion rights often charge that the rhetoric of the pro-life movement leads to violence. After all, we describe abortion as murder and point to the business of abortion as the murder of the unborn. We make clear that abortion is the taking of innocent human life and that what goes on in abortion clinics is the business of death.
We make these arguments because we know they are true. Abortion is murder. What goes on in those clinics is institutionalized homicide, often for financial profit. Abortion is a moral scandal and a national tragedy and a blight upon the American conscience.
But violence in the name of protesting abortion is immoral, unjustified, and horribly harmful to the pro-life cause. Now, the premeditated murder of Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of his church is the headline scandal — not the abortions he performed and the cause he represented.
We have no right to take the law into our own hands in an act of criminal violence. We are not given the right to take this power into our own hands, for God has granted this power to governing authorities. The horror of abortion cannot be rightly confronted, much less corrected, by means of violence and acts outside the law and lawful means of remedy. This is not merely a legal technicality — it is a vital test of the morality of the pro-life movement.
The Christian church has been forced by historical necessity to think through these issues again and again. The church has reached a basic moral consensus on issues of violence and governmental obedience, and this consensus requires that Christian citizens work within legal, judicial, and political means to persuade governing authorities concerning what is good, right, just, and honoring to God. Those who operate outside of this consensus and perform acts of violence are rightly understood to abrogate authority to themselves in a way that violates not only the laws of men but the law of God. Civil disobedience may be justified so long as the Christian is willing to suffer at the hands of the governing authorities, but is not justified if the citizen employs violence against the state or against other citizens.
In the case of Dr. George Tiller, the governing authorities failed again and again to fulfill their responsibility to protect all citizens, including those yet unborn. The law is dishonoring to God in its disrespect for human life. The law failed to bring George Tiller to account for what should have been seen as crimes against humanity. But this failure does not authorize others to act in the place of the government, much less in the place of God. The government must now act to prosecute and punish the murderer of Dr. George Tiller.
In October of 1859, John Brown led a violent attack upon the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. A radical abolitionist, Brown had already proved himself capable of violence for his cause. In 1856 he had led a gang that brutally killed several pro-slavery figures in Kansas. The raid on Harpers Ferry led to more deaths before Brown and his surviving rebels were arrested, charged with treason, and executed.
When John Brown was arrested, Henry David Thoreau defended the man and his violence, asking: “Is it not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made? Or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good?”
Those are the very questions some are tempted to ask now, but these weighty questions cannot justify violence in the name of an honorable cause. Thoreau was right about the fact that the laws allowing slavery in the United States were immoral and unjustifiable. John Brown was right when he claimed that slavery was a blight upon the nation’s conscience — a wrong that had to be ended. Brown’s logic led him to treason, and he was found guilty in a court of law and punished. Thoreau would refer to Brown as an “angel of light,” but Thoreau never had to live with the consequences of his own attempt to justify murder, nor did he ever acknowledge the true character of the man.
The pro-life movement in America must not wage war against abortion by following the example of John Brown. Nor can we allow ourselves the luxury of the logic of defending the indefensible along the lines of Thoreau. We must confront this great evil of abortion from a higher plane, and know that the battle is ultimately in God’s hands.
Murder is murder. The law rightly affirms that the killing of Dr. George Tiller is murder. In this we must agree. We cannot rest until the law also recognizes the killing of the unborn as murder. The killing of Dr. George Tiller makes that challenge all the more difficult.
A prominent US abortion doctor has been shot dead at a church in the city of Wichita, Kansas.
Dr George Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US.
The gunman fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said the US would offer protection to “appropriate people and facilities” in the wake of Dr Tillers’ killing.
Dr Tiller’s clinic – called Women’s Health Care Services – had often been the site of demonstrations, and he had been shot and wounded by an assailant 16 years ago.
George Tiller had survived an attempt on his life 16 years ago
Questioning of the suspect, a 51 year-old man, is continuing. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said he was likely to face one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at two other men.
Dr Tiller, who was 67, was shot just after 1000 (1500 GMT) at the Reformation Lutheran Church.
His lawyer, Dan Monnat, said his client was killed while serving as an usher during a morning church service. His wife was in the choir at the time.
Dr Tiller’s widow, four children and 10 grandchildren issued a statement calling his killing “an unspeakable tragedy”.
The statement said: “This is particularly heart-wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace.”
They said his death was a loss for Wichita and for women across America, saying he had dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality health care, despite frequent threats and violence.
Anti-abortion groups also denounced the shooting.
In a statement, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said his group had worked for years through peaceful and legal means and through the proper channels to see Dr Tiller “brought to justice”.
Oct 1998: Dr Barnett Slepian shot dead, Buffalo, New York
Jan 1998: Policeman killed in blast at clinic near Birmingham, Alabama
Dec 30 1994: Two receptionists shot dead at clinics near Boston
July 1994: Dr John Britton and a volunteer escort killed outside clinic, Pensacola, Florida
“We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning.”
Phill Kline, an opponent of Dr Tiller and a former attorney-general of the state of Kansas, said: “I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law.”
President Barack Obama said he was shocked and outraged over the killing.
“However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,” Mr Obama said.
The shooting came two weeks after the president made a major speech on abortion at one of the main Catholic universities in the US.
Correspondents say the president is attempting to defuse the abortion issue – a highly emotive subject in US public life – by arguing that while it should remain legal, the government should do all it can to limit the number of unwanted pregnancies.
But members of the anti-abortion movement have been angered by the president’s reversal of restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and for family-planning groups which carry out or facilitate abortions outside the US.