Dr. George Tiller, whose Wichita, Kansas, women's clinic has been the target of anti-abortion protests for years, was shot and killed at his church today, his attorneys said. The 67-year-old doctor was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions. He survived a 1993 shooting outside his clinic.So reads the CNN lede. What a tragedy, not only for Dr. Tiller and his family, but for the Pro-Life cause. This is the kind of savage act -- like the murder of Matthew Shepherd -- that gives credibility to the attacks on our moral traditions.
Just as we are all in some way complicit in the unspeakable crimes of Dr. Tiller, we are all tainted with the crime committed against him. All this will of course be lost on most, as this terrible murder is turned into a political bonanza by the pro-abortion forces. It will only be a matter of time before Hollywood turns Dr. Tiller's murder into a story of right-wing Christian terrorism -- the demented act of one deranged madman made into a specter which will be used to eclipse the savagery of the abortion industry.
The crime committed against Dr. Tiller and his family is simultaneously a propagantda tool that will be used to justfy the savage acts which Dr. Tiller routinely performed and championed.
A black day for us all.