Sunday, May 31, 2009
From Priests for Life:
Statement on the Killing of George Tiller
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement upon hearing this morning of the killing of abortionist George Tiller:
“I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.
“But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.”
Interesting list. Three (*
) out of the four put the onus on something outside the formal anti-abortion movement.
- * an angry post-abortive man or woman
- a misguided activist
- * an enemy within the abortion industry
- * a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution
If the "formal anti-abortion movement" were to adopt a policy of killing abortionists, there would be more than one dead abortionist.
Anonymous, you're so courageous, just like most of the rest of the "pro-life" movement. And there already are something like a dozen employees of women's clinics who've been shot or killed in bombings over the last 35 years.
Looks like the suspect Scott Roeder, was a participant in the "formal anti-abortion movement".
With his death Sunday, George Tiller became the eighth person and fourth doctor slain in abortion-related attacks.One in 1993, one in 1994, one in 1998, and this one.
Go ahead. Smear the "formal anti-abortion movement" with the murder. See if that leads to fewer murders of abortionists -- which would be hard, as they appear to happen once or twice a decade -- or more.
Lot of assumptions in your comment, Laurie.
From Wikipedia, on abortion related violence:
In the U.S., violence directed toward abortion providers has killed at least 9 people, including 5 doctors, 2 clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort.
*Attempted murder, assault, and threats*
According to statistics gathered by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization of abortion providers, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers.
The first letters claiming to contain anthrax were mailed to U.S. clinics in October 1998, a few days after the Slepian shooting, and since then, there have been a total of 655 such bioterror threats made against abortion providers. None of the "anthrax" in these cases was real.
*Arson, bombing, and property crime*
According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid ("stink bombs").