The Death of Dr. Tiller
When the news came out on Sunday regarding the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas doctor who was one of the very few specializing in late-term abortions, shock was universal. Pro-life activists were quick to denounce the murder; pro-choice activists were slower but quick to lay his murder at the feet of all pro-life people.
The blogs didn’t waste anytime, either. Within hours, Brad Blog blamed Bill O’Reilly for making the doctor’s activities high profile, and it didn’t take long for the New York Daily News, The Huffington Post and The Daily Kos to jump on the band wagon.
I am a pro-life, born-again, conservative Christian, and most of the media is afraid of people like me. They assume “right wing nuts” were secretly cheering the death of George Tiller. Nothing is further from the truth. We are on the cusp of great change regarding abortion. For the first time since the passing of Roe, according to Gallup polling, more Americans classify themselves as pro-life rather than pro-choice. We are changing the hearts and minds of young Americans, and, while these events are few and far between, the mainstream media jumps on it.
The AP reported this shortly after Dr. Tiller’s death, “There was no immediate word of the motive [of] Tiller’s assailant. But the doctor’s violent death was the latest in a string of shootings and bombings over two decades directed against abortion clinics, doctors and staff." String of shootings and bombings? The last reported abortion clinic bombing or shooting was in October of 1998…hardly a string by anybody’s definition. These are isolated incidents by disturbed people, period.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a physician by training, said this about the death of Dr. Tiller, “All life is precious; I totally disagreed with his medical ethics and medical practice. I’m very pro-life as a medical doctor as well as a Congressman. But killing somebody the way he was gunned down is not the proper way to deal with him and people like him. It should be done through the proper legal channels. That’s what God directs us to do. That’s the reason we read in Romans 13:1 that God ordained government, and, in Romans 13:4, it says that rulers have the power of the sword to uphold the law. And that’s what it’s supposed to be about. People in government need to uphold the law and we need to change the abortion law. We need to protect life, and even his life should have been protected, and it’s unfortunate that this happened.”
Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, said, “The Catholic League unequivocally condemns the killing of serial killer, Dr. George Tiller. As I said on the CBS Evening News, ‘We have to get the message out that life means we have to respect all life, including somebody as bad as Dr. Tiller was.’ Unfortunately, his death has already occasioned a highly political response from his allies.”
The pro-abortion lobby lined up to promulgate the idea of a pro-life conspiracy to murder Dr. Tiller. Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said, “He knew his life was in constant jeopardy, and that he would likely die at the hands of an anti-abortion terrorist — yet he continued to protect his patients and provide safe and legal abortions to women in often-desperate circumstances.”
Dr. Warren Hern, a late-term abortionist from Colorado, said Tiller’s death was the result of “a fascist movement in this country.” Attorney General Eric Holder ordered federal marshals to protect “other appropriate people and facilities around the nation.”
Like the lefty blogs, people such as Gandy, Hern and Holder want to prevent debate on the abortion issue. But they cannot, because it is — ever since the Supreme Court took the issue out of the ballot box — a political issue that Americans care deeply about.
So how does the pro-life movement respond to this? We continue to make our case. The science is on our side. There are very few abortions that have to be performed because of the health or life of the mother. And almost everyone believes late-term abortions are wrong and the question of whether this is a life or not is easily answered. In pregnancies that Dr. Tiller was aborting babies, in neo-natal units all over the country, babies are surviving.
There is a reason why only three doctors in America practiced late-term abortions. It can’t be justified medically. It is a political act.
If you combine this progress in the thinking of the American people with the wide support for parental notification in the case of abortions for minors and that college-age women are now predominately pro-life, the movement is winning the hearts and minds.
Rest in peace to Dr. George Tiller, as well as the souls of the 60,000 innocent lives ended at his medical practice. I believe in redemption, and I pray Dr. Tiller’s family and friends find the peace that passes all understanding at this time of mourning.