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Monday, June 01, 2009
  Tiller the Killer Meets his Maker
The notorious late-term abortionist, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered at church on Sunday. This is a sad and unfortunate turn in the long effort to bring to an close his abortion clinic. I am pro-life and so I do not support the killing of Dr. Tiller nor the practice of abortion.

There is an effort underway to paint pro-life people and groups as somehow "responsible" for the murder of Dr. Tiller. I believe responsibility lies elsewhere. In fact, I believe strident pro-abortionists bear the major part of responsibility for this heinous act.

The latest poll indicates the majority of Americans are now pro-life. The more important fact is that a substantial majority have for years been opposed to the grisly late-term abortions performed by the likes of Dr. Tiller. But, politicians and non-elected judges have thwarted the will of the majority.

Again, I do not defend the killing of Dr. Tiller, or any other abortionist, but when politicians who are bought and paid for with abortionists dollars, and judges who gain appointments largely because they are committed to protecting the practice, stand in the way of limitations, restrictions, or even sensible health regulations for abortion clinics, then common sense says that our political system has broken down and unbalanced people become more likely to resort to extreme acts.

Having said that, I will go out on another limb. I was surprised by how little news coverage Dr. Tiller's murder seemed to garner on national basis. If the coverage was truly as little as I perceived, then I believe that is also a sign of how little support there is among the public for keeping late-term abortions available.

To the strident advocates of "a woman's right to choose," I say you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you bear some burden in the killing of Dr. George Tiller.
We have looked in the mirror; our conscience is clear.

I assume you're referring to the Gallup poll that came out in May that records 51% of Americans call themselves "prolife." That poll also indicated that 53% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal under at least some circumstances

Are you claiming that those who uphold the rule of law have somehow contributed to the murder of Dr. Tiller?
the above by kevin malone
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I think Scott Roeder bears all of the responsibility for what he did. I just find it amazing that people immediately want to blame the entire pro-life movement, especially those who speak out about it, but do not seem to blame people who speak out about being anti-war, for example, for the murder of the soldier in Arkansas.
I do think the U.S. Supreme Court can be blamed for making abortion a political football by taking it out of the political arena.
Before Roe v. Wade, abortion was legal in some places and not others based on the political decision making process. The concept was debated and decided through representative government.
That is as it should be in my book.
Who all are you including in "those who uphold the rule of law?"
Those who uphold the rule of law are those who litigate rule and enforce the spirit of the law as it is interpreted by our judicial framework.

I've heard a lot about judicial activism. Could you, in your own words, define it?
Roe v. Wade was important not only for what it did for the welfare of women but also for restoring to the people one of their most basic rights--that of privacy.

It is a right so basic that to have codified it would have been akin to codifying the right to consume oxygen. Instead of oxygen we codified the right to life. Likewise we needn't codify the right to privacy because we have the whole first amendment (an amendment that doesn't make any sense unless there is a basic right to privacy).
Thanks for engaging in a discussion about this topic. I do not have a quarrel with people who litigate on behalf of their clients. I do have a problem with people who file false documents to pursue their own agenda. The plaintiff in Roe did not want nor did she have an abortion. The entire case was brought on a ficticious affadavit.
Judicial activism could include a number of things. I would say it includes situations in which judges seek to make public policy in areas that are better left to the legislature or to make broad policies that are beyond the scope of the facts in the case before them.
Roe v. Wade invented a privacy right that is well beyond anything within the four corners of the constitution. You might be interested to know that a significant number of women who have abortions do so against their will, that is, under pressure from a boyfriend or someone else who wants to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. Because abortion is available, her choice is actually taken away under duress.
I read a lot of what was on the websites you referenced. I think you will find a much different picture if you read the webposts of people who feel victimized by the abortion industry.
Again, I am pleased to engage with you in a discussion of this topic.
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