My three-year-old daughter was born at 34 weeks and four days. She almost was born three weeks before that. I know that the late-term abortion doctor gunned down over the weekend, George Tiller, killed babies which were as far along if not further along than was my daughter, and for that my soul hurts.
What Tiller did with his life, the 60,000 young souls extinguished at his hands, should rest squarely on the shoulders of George Tiller. He should have expected to be judged on his actions by God. Introducing him early, however, by means of a gunshot wound to the head, was absolutely wrong.
Murder is murder. And while many people will contend that Tiller murdered 60,000 children through his life’s work, he did not run afoul of the law in doing so. Tiller’s killer did. Tiller’s killer decided to go to that church. Tiller’s killer decided to pull the trigger. And, while Tiller’s killer may have reconciled his actions for himself by justifying them as the murder of a murderer, as far as Kansas law is concerned, it was murder of a doctor. These unwilling mothers came to George Tiller, after all. George Tiller did not ask for his own death.
If the people of Kansas, as well as the rest of us, want to stop the George Tillers of this world, we must make them accountable under the law. Vigilantism does nothing for the overall cause — there are other George Tillers to step in and take over, and the action’s of Tiller’s murderer only makes it more difficult for those of us concerned with the sanctity of life to stop them. Putting an end to this procedure will require organization of the political kind. It will require the residents of Kansas to sacrifice their time to go door-to-door, to talk to people about the evils people like Tiller are committing. It will require a steadfast commitment to ensuring the state lawmakers that their elected position depends upon them doing the right thing — bringing the issue up in the form of state legislation, or in a referendum brought to the people at the ballot box.
That’s how we stop George Tiller. That’s how we effect true and lasting change.
I may not agree with Barack Obama on much, and certainly not on the abortion issue, but his statement this weekend regarding Tiller’s murder was right on. (Of course, so long as you forget completely about the actions taken by William Ayers):
I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.
His actions since, however, have left much to be desired. Today, we learned that his Attorney General, Eric Holder, authorized the U.S. Marshals Service to protect “appropriate people and facilities around the nation” in the aftermath of Tiller’s murder.
Now, apparently, our federal government is subsidizing protection for private citizens and businesses perceived to be controversial and therefore vulnerable to violence. Whhat about process servers? What about those people deemed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to be “rightwing extremists” who choose to spend their time lawfully sitting in quiet protest outside Planned Parenthood offices? What about a guy like me, who uses his spare time to anger those on the left?
Shouldn’t the U.S. Marshals services be spending their time and manpower to protect witnesses, serve warrants, follow fugitive killers and guard courthouses like the one I’m in now?
How many abortionists have been killed in the past decade? Two decades? Suddenly, they’re the Templar Knights on the inaugural Friday the 13th? Since this weekend, all I’ve seen are people on the American right standing up and condemning the murder of George Tiller — has there been some sort of silent fatwa I’ve just not been made aware of?
What of military recruiters like the one killed in Arkansas? Does Barack Obama not see fit that military recruiting offices are protested by those on the left, just as Planned Parenthood offices are protested by those on the right? What of the serviceman also killed this weekend? Why no federal protection for these men?
Not only is there no protection afforded to those who give their lives to make this country safer, rather than those who work to kill defenseless unborn children, there is hardly any mention of the identity of the murderer of that military recruiter. Of course, the mainstream press has been falling all over themselves to identify the killer of George Tiller as one of those “domestic terrorists” Janet Napolitano warned us about, but no such effort has been expended to depict the recruiter’s killer as one of the Muslim terrorists that rational, right-thinking Americans know to worry about.
Before my head explodes, let me make myself clear. Abortion is murder, but is not against the law in Kansas. Shooting a man in the head in cold blood is murder everywhere. Assigning federal agents at taxpayer expense to protect people who could simply find moral high ground and no longer require protection is overkill.