Sunday morning 67 year old Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Police have a suspect in custody, but publish reports have the police as not releasing a motivation for the murder as of this posting.
Despite the fact that the police have not released a motivation, the media, the President of the United States, pro-abortion groups and pro-life groups have all assumed the motivation was the fact that Dr. Tiller performed late term abortions.
Several thoughts come to mind about the murder of Dr. Tiller. First, let it be clear that abortions for the purpose of birth control are a selfish and immoral act. Further, late term abortions for the same purpose are abhorrent and a blight on American society. The damage such procedures do to women both physically and psychologically are not talked about by those who claim to champion women’s rights.
However, murder is morally reprehensible, no matter what deranged feeling of doing the right thing the murderer has. Murdering abortion doctors and otherwise attacking abortion clinics is not approved or accepted by the vast majority of those who hold the pro-life view. Indeed, the vast majority of those who hold the pro-life view see such acts as despicable and condemn them without reservation.
Chances are, though, the media will not address how most pro lifers condemn the murder of Dr. Tiller. Instead they will dwell up on it, and try to connect it with other cases and create an atmosphere in which those who dare to question something like late term abortions are looked as a nutcases. It is interesting to note that the President of the United States would officially comment on the murder of a doctor in Kansas before the police released officially the motivation for the murder. Would the President so quickly issue such a statement if a minister who was against gay marriage was murdered?
It is a sad time in our country, when the murder of a man, regardless the reason, becomes a political point to be made. How craven have our political elite become? VUI condemns the murder of Dr. Tiller, whatever the motivation, and offers prayers to Tiller’s family and friends.