Wrapped Up In Books

News that hits very close to home. [Abortionist killed]

Today Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist from Kansas, was shot dead while he was entering his church. He had previously been shot in both arms outside of his clinic in 1993. His career was controversial and he had been charged nineteen times for unlawfully carrying out late-term abortions in his clinic. In Kansas, abortion is legal as long as the fetus is not viable outside of the uterus and hence late-terms abortions are in violation of this rule (he was acquitted).


It’s so tragic that these people who dedicate their lives to helping other people are hurt or even killed by people who would want you to think they’re pro-life, but where’s the pro-life in killing anyone? (Go see the documentary Lake of Fire to truly be enlightened to the pro-choice movement. It has great cameos by Noam Chomsky, Peter Singer (my favourite bioethicist ever), and even Norma McCorvey of Roe vs. Wade fame.)

The reason I noted that this hit close to home is because in 1995, a man who set out with a mission to kill all the abortionists he could, James Kopp, tried to kill Dr. Hugh Short. He claimed he was doing “God’s work”. Dr. Short lives less than two minutes from my parents’ home in Ancaster. He was shot in the arm while he stood at a second storey window, unaware that Kopp was lurking in the wooded area outside. The damage the bullet did to his elbow ended his career in medicine. It is most aggravating to know that the attempted murder charge has been dropped against Kopp, but there is cold comfort in knowing he’ll die in prison in the US for the murder of another abortionist, Dr. Barnett Slepian, in 2003.

I will bite my tongue and not go off into a tirade of how abortion is necessary (in some circumstances, but always should be available) and that the government (and every religion) should keep their hands off of our uteri and our reproductive decisions.

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In addition to Lake of Fire, please read Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse’s Should the Baby Live?: The Problem of Handicapped Infants – it’s the most thought-provoking book I’ve read in ages. Their argument is so logical and sound that it’s nonsense to deny it.

UPDATE: Dr. Tiller’s family has released a particularly touching statement:

“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.

We would like to express the family’s thanks for the many messages of sympathy from our friends and from all across the nation. We also want to thank the law enforcement officers who are investigating this crime.

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 the rights of women everywhere.”


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