There is a fascinating discussion of the George Tiller murder case today on Jezebel which I would like to discuss.
Basically, George Tiller, an abortion doctor in Kansas, was attending church when he was shot in the head by Scott Roeder, a violent anti-abortion activist. Roeder believes his actions were justifiable due to Tiller’s involvement in performing hundreds of abortions, some late-term, this radical position apparently having been fueled by the irresponsible comments of conservative talking heads like Bill O’Reilly, who repeatedly referred to Tiller as “Tiller the Baby-Killer” on air.
The latest development in the case occurred last week when a Kansas judge decided to allow Roeder’s defense team to present a “voluntary manslaughter” defense, for which Roeder must show that he believed his act to be “necessary to defend…a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force.” Of course, as Jezebel pointed out, the fact that Tiller was at church when Roeder shot him and not on the verge of performing an abortion really shatters the voluntary manslaughter defense, but even the judge’s decision to allow that particular line of defense sends a shockingly positive message to violent anti-abortionists. The sentence for voluntary manslaughter can be as few as 5 years, and abortion doctors around the country are concerned that such a lax treatment of Roeder’s crime will prove a death sentence for them all.
Personally, I am shocked that any judge would even consider entertaining a voluntary manslaughter defense for Scott Roeder, and I’m not sure how abortion activists continue to think they’re taking the moral high-road in setting clinics on fire, bombing them, and threatening to kill (and actually killing) abortion providers and those who work at clinics while claiming to be vehemently “pro-life.”
Scott Roeder is not fooling anyone by calling himself “pro-life” and then toting his loaded gun into a crowded church. The irony would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic.