Archive for Friday, July 31, 2009

Tiller murder suspect blasts Operation Rescue leader

July 31, 2009


— The man charged in the killing of a Kansas abortion provider has sent a letter to the president of Operation Rescue, accusing him of “cowardice” in condemning the shooting while seeking to protect himself.

The letter from Scott Roeder is the latest split in a widening rift between mainstream anti-abortion groups and those that advocate violence against abortion providers. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Friday.

Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 shooting of Dr. George Tiller at his church. Roeder has pleaded not guilty.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman confirmed that he received the letter Thursday but declined to comment other than calling it “more prattle” from Roeder. Newman said Roeder’s letter, the second he has now gotten, was forwarded to a detective.

In the letter, Roeder chided Newman for seeking protection for himself after getting death threats from abortion rights supporters following Tiller’s shooting.

“Why is it so difficult to proclaim the humanity of the unborn child? Could it be that this is so politically incorrect and there might and most probably would come a wave of persecution along with it,” Roeder wrote.

He also took issue with statements by Operation Rescue that regulators were on the verge of pulling Tiller’s medical license, by which the group was referring to a disciplinary petition pending at the time of Tiller’s death.

“Two more months would have meant approx. 300 more babies would have lost their lives,” Roeder wrote. “Is this what you call Operation Rescue?”

Anti-abortion groups, including Operation Rescue, have widely condemned Tiller’s killing. But the condemnation from Newman — who has publicly called Roeder a “lunatic” — rankled Roeder and some other abortion opponents.


puddleglum 8 years, 10 months ago

what kind of vehicle do you use to agitate the garden of kansas politics?

answer: Roeder=tiller..... get it?

imastinker 8 years, 10 months ago

I am becoming offended that the journal world is giving this guy what he wants. This isn't news!

ATTN - ATTN: crazy guy says crazy things!

I blame the journal world. They should know better.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 10 months ago

"attn - attn: crazy guy says crazy things!"

Yes, Troy Newman is quite a crackpot.

imastinker 8 years, 10 months ago

I actually don't know anything about Operation Rescue other than what I read on here - none of which is very sympathetic. Most of you know that I am a pro-lifer, but that doesn't mean you can buy into all the crap you get fed from these organizations just because they have same goal as you do. Scott Roeder is a perfect example. How ironic is it that a guy that calls himself prolife took another life?

maxcrabb 8 years, 10 months ago

Could we get appropriate word choice in the headlines, please? I feel like I'm reading The Onion.

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