Archive for Sunday, May 31, 2009

Reaction to the shooting of George Tiller

May 31, 2009, 2:41 p.m. Updated May 31, 2009, 4:57 p.m.


George Tiller shot to death at church

The man accused of shooting and killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller remains in jail.

George Tiller, noted late-term abortion provider, was shot outside his church Sunday morning. He was 67.

"Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today's event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George's friends and patients. This is particularly heart wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace. ...

Our loss is also a loss for the City of Wichita and women across America. George dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality heath care despite frequent threats and violence. We ask that he be remembered as a good husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated servant on behalf of the rights of women everywhere."

— Tiller's family, through his attorneys.

"Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends. Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and legislation on the life issues here in Kansas. We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today."

— Mary Kay Culp, executive director of anti-abortion group Kansans for Life.

"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."

— Troy Newman, president of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.

"I'm shocked by this senseless tragedy and my thoughts are with Dr. Tiller's family during this difficult time."

— Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.

"I am stunned by this lawless and violent act which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law. We join in lifting prayer that God's grace and presence rest with Dr. Tiller's family and friends."

— Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.

"Today's event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George's friends and patients. This is particularly heart-wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace."

— wife Jeanne Tiller, said in a statement released through attorneys.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened at what has happened today. This is a devastating loss. Our thoughts right now are with his family and friends. It is abhorrent that once again, individuals who oppose the right to choose have used violence to try to advance their extreme anti-choice agenda.

— Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation.

"Dr. Tiller's murder will send a chill down the spines of the brave and courageous providers and other professionals who are part of reproductive-health centers that serve women across this country. We want them to know that they have our support as they move forward in providing these essential services in the aftermath of the shocking news from Wichita."

— Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"Women across the country have lost a champion today. The cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller this morning in church is a stark reminder that women's bodies are still a battleground, and health care professionals are on the front lines."

— Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization of Women.

"Dr. Tiller's murder is an enormous loss for our movement and for women and their families across America. He provided abortions to women late in their pregnancy and under some of the most difficult medical circumstances."

— Peter B. Brownlie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

"We therefore call upon the leaders of the anti-abortion movement to go beyond condemning today's action to actually committing to control and measure their own irresponsible and incendiary rhetoric and actions. When these anti-abortions leaders stalk us, harass us and label physicians 'murderers,' they fan the flames to create a setting where abhorrent acts such as today's can transpire."

— Kelli Conlin, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York

"Dr. Tiller was the epitome of high-quality medical care underscored by deep compassion for his patients."

— Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


Confrontation 8 years, 12 months ago

Sure, that's what Phill and his buddies say on here. However, I doubt they'll be filming their celebration parties this evening.

4getabouit 8 years, 12 months ago

It would been ironic if Kline was in a position to prosecute the murderer.........and ask for the death p........

beatrice 8 years, 12 months ago

"I am stunned by this lawless and violent act ..." Phil Kline

With the ready access to guns in this country, how can anyone be "stunned" by a lawless and violent act. With the fanatical suppression of reasonable limits on guns in America, I'm only stunned such things don't happen more often.

Ryan Neuhofel 8 years, 12 months ago


What "reasonable limit on guns" would have prevented this heinous criminal from committing a horrible act of violence? While I don't know the gunman, anyone willing to committ pre-mediated murber would likely disobey any legal restriction on firearms. Also, did the gunmen use an "excessive firearm" (assualt rife, bazooka, etc.) to commit the murder?

beatrice 8 years, 12 months ago

neo, just pointing out that once again in our country, where everyone has access to guns without needing to prove mental competency or proficiency in handling the weapon before obtaining a firearm, someone has been killed by another who used a gun.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 12 months ago

Bea, there is a law that requires just what you stated did not happen. You have to have the seven day check to buy guns. That check is for mental stability issues and records, as well as criminality. Profocoemcy is something I would like to see as well, but we do have a "right to keep and bear arms" and even SCOTUS agrees.

The upshot of all this will be:

1.) Anti-Abortion groups are now politically toxic 2.) The "Pro-Lifers" that celebrate this need to understand that one of their own has created a martyr, and you can never discredit or kill a martyr. 3.) The Republican Party will be futher fractured by this stupidity.

As a GOP member I am TOTALLY and COMPLETELY done with the Anti-Abortion wing and the Anti -Evolution wing of our party.

Still republican, but cutting loose of these zealots.

chicklet 8 years, 12 months ago

Asbestos, I like your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

It's funny how these people are saying how terrible and senseless this act of violence was and they don't condone it, but I'm willing to bet the man who is accused of the crime won't be paying for his own lawyer.

manbearpig 8 years, 12 months ago

I'm curious to know if all of the "pro-life"/"anti-abortion rights" groups actually put that in their bylines. If not, then why is the LJ World inserting editorial comments into those bylines and not into the "pro-choice"/"pro-abortion rights" groups bylines?

If my suspicions are correct, I think that this deserves staff attention, an apology, and a correction.

To editorialize with somebody else's comments in this manner must be a violation of journalistic standards and ethics.

Ryan Neuhofel 8 years, 12 months ago


It is perfectly "reasonable" to have legal requirements (background checks, etc.) prior to the purchase of a gun, but these laws (even a total ban of firearms) will NOT prevent or reduce heinous pre-mediated crimes such as this. In fact, a good portion (if not a majority) of murders involving firearms where committed by people who did NOT legally own the firearm. We can debate our selective gun statistics all day, but this is just common sense - people who are willing to commit murder (and all it's consequences) will obviously be willing to break any petty "gun law" we create.

agrabass 8 years, 11 months ago

Oh Phil, walk away from the microphone, and nobody gets hurt. Yawn!!!!!

labmonkey 8 years, 11 months ago

"It is abhorrent that once again, individuals who oppose the right to choose have used violence to try to advance their extreme anti-choice agenda."

— Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation.

So now all pro-lifers are like Tiller's murderer. You people bitch about what Kline said....but what about this crap? This is the most ignorant crap in the reactions.

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