Doctor who performed late term abortions shot to death - Wichita
Posted Jun 01 2009 10:43pm
This is just sad and hard to fathom over abortions. No matter which side of the fence one takes on the issue, there’s no reason to kill the doctor here. When you read further, it states that 16 years ago he survived a shooting, so makes one wonder how long the killing individual was harvesting the feelings, maybe?
The clinic had been picketed for years and was bombed once. He had been taken to court and was acquitted in 2008 for performing unlawful procedures. Even those who are against abortions, stated this was not the correct route to go and denounced the killing. This is so very sad that over all the years this issue just keeps on on going when there are more important issues, like hunger and shelter that are occurring today in the US. BD
(CNN) -- Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women's clinic frequently took center stage in the U.S. debate over abortion, was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita church Sunday morning, police said.
The scene outside Tiller's church on Sunday, shortly after he was shot and killed.
Wichita police said a 51-year-old man from the Kansas City, Kansas, area was in custody in connection with the slaying of Tiller, who was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions.
The killing, which came about 16 years after Tiller survived a shooting outside his Wichita clinic, took place shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church. Officers found the 67-year-old dead in the foyer, police said.
Witnesses provided a description of the car and a license number of the killer's getaway vehicle, Wichita police spokesman Gordon Bassham said. Police stopped a blue Ford Taurus matching the description about three hours later in Gardner, about 30 miles southwest of Kansas City, and took the driver into custody.
No charges had been filed Sunday evening and no motive for the killing was immediately known, but Wichita police Detective Tom Stoltz told reporters: "We think we have the right person arrested."