Abortion doctor shot dead

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A prominent US abortion doctor has been shot dead at a church in the city of Wichita, Kansas.

Sixty-seven year-old George Tiller was killed just after 1000 (1500 GMT) at the Reformation Lutheran Church.

The gunman, described as a white man, fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody.

Dr Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed so-called late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US.

His 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.

Dr Tiller's lawyer, Dan Monnat, said he 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.

'Cowardly'

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".

ANTI-ABORTION ATTACKS
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."

The shooting came two weeks after President Barack Obama 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.

A late-term abortion is the termination of a foetus beyond the 20th week of pregnancy, when it is potentially old enough to survive outside the womb.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8076253.stm
 

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Abortion doctor shot dead
That's not news, if he was shot be an enraged fetus it's one thing, but a group of fanatics, covering with religion, who attack people for their beliefs in order to enforce their own is just messed up... but sounds painfully familiar. I guess US will be invading Wichita, Kansas some time next week?
 
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I read "absorption doctor shot dead"... I guess Dr. Sponge is alright then... >_>
 

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Coward. Who kills a fellow Christian in our house of God? The shooter probably could have had his clinic shut down by making the general public aware of it through, you know, legal means.

Reason #35754763 that I am a Lutheran; all of the reformation, none of the evangelical loonies!
 

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Well...the people who wanted him dead think about it the same way as killing Hitler. By killing one human, you prevent the deaths of many more. The whole "greater good" thing. *shrugs* Not my bag, but that's how it's seen.
 

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BBC News ? Man Arrested & in Court for shooting ?SCOTT ROEDER

BBC News said:
Man charged in US doctor killing
A man has been charged with the murder of a prominent abortion doctor in the US state of Kansas.

Scott Roeder, 51, was charged with the first-degree murder of Dr George Tiller, who was shot dead on Sunday at a church in Wichita.

Mr Roeder is also charged with aggravated assault against two people who tried to intervene in the attack.

Dr Tiller, who performed so-called late term abortions, had long been a focus of anti-abortion groups in the US.

Mr Roeder is being held in a Wichita jail and appeared in Sedgwick County District Court, also in Wichita, via video link.
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Fanaticism is exactly that: being so stupid as to kill a man in the name of a religion that says "thou shall not kill".

The story of the "greater good", in my opinion, can't stand any serious challenge. It is only a way to try and put up some shallow excuses and not admitting the truth.

The truth is very simple: to save a life, a true christian would die. A fanatic would kill. That's the difference.
 

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You know.. it's a woman's RIGHT to decide what she wants for herself when pregnant, even though terminating in the last trimester is not smart, but hey we should be able to have a doctor who's willing to do that if that's what some women want. Why they would wait that long, I have no idea.

Idiot for shooting him at Church. Come on. Homes or at least the clinic would have made a better pro-choice statement :p
 

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Those videos I posted explain that he only performed the procedures on women whose babies would have been deformed or the birth would have endangered the lives of either the babies, the mothers or both.

It's most often than not in the third trimester when these things are discovered, that's why these abortions are performed so late.

[youtube]vX_0MVOUytU[/youtube]
 
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The story of the "greater good", in my opinion, can't stand any serious challenge.
These idiots know that "the greater good" is "what we damned well tell you is good for you, and if you disagree, we will kill you because we are Christians and God loves you, which err... means we love you, and er.. we shouldn't kill or, er... something... er... just shut up alright."
 

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You know.. it's a woman's RIGHT to decide what she wants for herself when pregnant
This.

What does it say about how pathetic modern society's values are that we cannot tolerate the choices other people make?
 

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You know.. it's a woman's RIGHT to decide what she wants for herself when pregnant, even though terminating in the last trimester is not smart, but hey we should be able to have a doctor who's willing to do that if that's what some women want. Why they would wait that long, I have no idea.
I believe it's mostly medically related. There's no sane reason to wait that long in you're just like "oh shit".
 
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