The suspect in this morning’s fatal shooting of controversial doctor George Tiller is in custody. Authorities have yet to release more information about the arrest.
Dr. George Tiller, the Wichita, Kansas doctor often reviled for performing later term abortions was shot and killed in the lobby of his church at approximately 10:30 am. Tiller has long been a lightening rod for anti-abortion activists. In 1991 his clinic was the focus of Operation Rescue’s Summer of Mercy week long clinic blockades and in 1993, the doctor was shot and wounded at his clinic by abortion opponent Rachelle Shannon, who is still in prison for the crime.
We are shocked at this morning’s disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
In March a Wichita jury found Tiller not guilty of illegal abortion on 19 criminal charges he faced for allegedly violating a state law requiring an "independent" second physician’s concurring opinion before performing later term abortions.
Earlier this month Tiller’s clinic was severely vandalized, reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident. Wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut, hoes who hacked in the clinic’s roof and the buildings’ downspouts plugged. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic.
Police were looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB.
UPDATE: Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue made this comment:
George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.