Unequivocally Condemns Slaying of
Abortionist Dr. George Tiller
BY Dave Andrusko
Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said the assailant apparently acted
alone. The FBI and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are trying to
determine whether others were part of the attack and whether the
suspect had any connection to antiabortion groups.”
From June 1 Washington Post, “Suspect Held in Kansas Abortion
“Late-Term Abortion Doctor Killed in Church”
Headline in June 1 USA Today
Timeline of Related Attacks”
Headline over a USA Today chronology of violence against
abortionists, abortion clinic personnel, and abortion clinics since
Right to Life extends its sympathies to Dr. Tiller’s family over
this loss of life. Further, the National Right to Life Committee
unequivocally condemns any such acts of violence regardless of
motivation. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life
and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is
directly contrary to that goal.”
From a statement issued May 31 by NRLC
family was upstairs that Sunday afternoon, enjoying a casual
conversation around our kitchen table. Our kids had feted us after
church, the day after my wife and I had celebrated our 28th wedding
anniversary. Sentimentalist that I am, this time together is
something I will long remember and always treasure.
while our youngest went downstairs to check her e-mail. Within a
minute I heard her voice. “You didn’t kill an abortion doctor in
her insightful way of communicating a truism that was largely muted
in the immediate aftermath of the death of abortionist Dr. George
Tiller but then reared its demagogic head. No matter how much we
abhor this act of violence; no matter if we were hundreds or even
thousands of miles away from Wichita; no matter how antipathetic to
everything we stand for this action was, the temptation proved
irresistible to those in the media who hate us to sooner or later
tar all pro-lifers with the same extremist brush.
responded in the way you would expect from the preeminent
single-issue pro-life organization in the world. First, we extended
our sympathy to Dr. Tiller’s family. I cannot even begin to imagine
what his wife is going through, her husband gunned down in church.
Then—with no ifs, ands, or buts about it—NRLC unequivocally
condemned the slaying of Dr. Tiller.
there will be an array of people—cynics, and those who simply don’t
know pro-lifers—who will dismiss the universal condemnation by all
responsible pro-life organizations as a mere pro forma response.
They will find it difficult to believe that we are sincere.
shouldn’t. They should look at the record.
years NRLC has taken more than a few hits for its by-the-book,
use-the-law-to-change-the-law “incremental” approach. That has never
deterred us for a single moment. NRLC’s approach is grounded in an
abiding commitment to the principle of non-violent change, knowing
that America is a representative democracy, which gives us the right
to petition and persuade freely.
patient, unglamorous efforts are paying off. In the final analysis,
we will carry the day for unborn babies when the scales fall from
enough eyes. What is every recent piece of polling data telling us?
That ears are being unstopped and hearts softened. (See pages two
nothing more upsetting to pro-abortionists than the growing success
of this clarion call to conscience. For 40 years, their
counter-strategy has not changed: change the subject.
about anything—anything—but what has happened to over 50 million
unborn children. At the heart of that diversionary strategy is to
switch the subject, often by smearing the character of those who
believe there has to be a better solution to a crisis pregnancy than
deranged person talks him- or herself into believing that an act of
violence is justifiable, it not only plays into the hands of
abortion advocates, it also does untold damage to the cause of life
to which so many of us have dedicated our lives.
foremost, it does so because they have taken a human life. This is
wrong, wrong, wrong. That Dr. Tiller was killed in a church while
his wife sang in the choir only makes a horrific act even more
been said by people I respect that the flurry of violence against
abortion clinic personnel and abortionists in the 1990s set our
Movement back the better part of a decade. In much of the media
coverage, the image of pro-lifers as crazed militants was at the
expense of much of the work that 99.999999% of us were doing in the
legislatures, in the courts, and in crisis pregnancy centers.
abhorrent act deflect any of us from our appointed tasks? No. The
cause of defenseless unborn children is the social justice issue of
our day. Like you, I will roll up my sleeves and get to work today,
as I have for 30+ years.
will also be praying for Dr. Tiller’s family, praying that they
might be given strength to endure this terrible time of sadness and