Sunday, May 31, 2009

Abortionist Tiller Dead

Fr. Pavone, following news that abortionist George Tiller was shot to death today in Wichita, Kansas.

"I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

"But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions."

George Tiller died from the same philosophy by which he lived. And we in the pro-life movement regret his death as loss even as we regret and mourn the deaths of those tens of thousands of innocent children whom he killed over the last 35 years. We regret his death because we seek the conversion of the soul, the restoration of the person and the recognition of wrongness of ones actions so that reconciliation can occur for that person.

We have seen former abortionists realize the evil they had done and seek the forgiveness of both God and their fellow citizens. Leaders such as Joe Scheidler have reached out for years to those who worked in the abortion industry and have brought them out of the hell they were living. In such remarkable events one finds additional proof of the supremacy of the pro-life perspective over the selfish calloused approach promoted by the abortion proponents.

But let us keep everything in perspective. George Tiller made a living killing babies and harming women. He danced with death every day. Tragically someone with Tiller's mentality thought that he or she could act with the same impunity that Tiller claimed in his actions. And as Fr. Pavone noted, at this point we do not know who acted and for what purpose or motive.

Let this event remind this nation why abortion is ultimately a destructive act for all involved. Let us pray for the end to abortion in our nation and throughout the world.


At 2:39 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Tiller spent 35 years building up to this moment, giving Satan the foothold he needed to score such a massive coup. Tiller's murder is the biggest boon to abortion advocacy since Roe was handed down. You can't buy publicity like this. And it happened just as they were losing ground in public opinion.

Tell me this wasn't Satan at work.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another successful late term abortion? He was a burden on society? He wasn't capable? Ironically, having a pro-abortion jury will be beneficial, they attach little value to life in the first place. why would pro-abortionists make an exception for this misfit(tiller)?

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous John K. Walker said...

Beyond just the influence of the militantly pro-abortion mainstream media (which has been solidly in place since Watergate), and the mind-bogglingly incompetent national pro-life "leadership," there is a logically legitimate reason that the always non-violent genuine right-to-life movement is vulnerable to longterm damage from a tragic event such as this: an internally contradictory message.

This column by a typically "reasonable" veteran pro-"choice" advocate for TIME Magazine does raise the right issue, though of course comes to the wrong conclusion:,8599,1902120,00.html?iid=tsmodule

There actually is a morally and logically consistent way (which I have described many times before) around the claim that "if abortion is murder, then violence against abortionists and facilities is jusified, as it would have been against Nazi death camps," and "if pro-lifers are serious, then they should advocate the prosecution of everyone involved in abortion, including women having the procedure."

However, of course, proceeding in any such workable direction would be anathema to the full-timers in DC who almost all fall into one of two equally dysfunctional groups: those who are not even serious about what is necessary to actually move toward providing legal protection for children's lives prior to birth; and those who are actually pursuing a different agenda, not one primarily opposed to, or even cognizant of, abortion-on-demand as the fundamantal human rights violation it represents, but only (at most) as part of an overall "purist" moral regime.

Many of us would even support much of this latter, collateral effort, but there is no denying its destructive effect on what should be a far overriding purpose. In the meantime, these two myopic viewpoints undoubtedly guarantee the indefinite continuation of this nightmare, regardless what general polling results appear or how many testimonial dinners are held in Manhattan....

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to know exactly how many babies and women killed BY abortionists does it take to add up to the life of even one male abortionist anyway?

When women are killed by so-called 'safe & legal' abortions is it a major media event? NOPE

Abortionist Tiller knew the risks of choosing to be an abortionist while the abortion industry and the media have been complicit in hiding the risks of abortion from women.

Pro-abort activists harrass and insult women who've been lied to and harmed by abortionsists, telling them it was their own fault for trusting the lying clinic staff and not reseaerching the risks themselves before going to their clnic appointment. Well, Tiller knew the risks and choose to not only be an abortionist but to also repeatedly break the laws the citizens of his state passed to regulate abortion (in order to protect women and some babies from him).

The media attention, sympathy, and apologies over the death of one male abortionist, while the deaths of thousands of babies per day, plus hundreds of women over the years, is offensive and certainly NOT 'pro-woman'!

So babies being killed, and even women being killed, is not too great a price to be paid for 'free sex' and 'abortion rights'?
But if a MALE abortionist gets killed THEN there's outrage?

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous John K. Walker said...

Although now, more than a week after the event, every dismal expectation of the pro-abortion mainstream media's slanted and/or ignorant coverage has been born out, I personally do have the sense that, unlike in the early-mid 1990's, their slander is not sticking to the non-violent truly pro-life movement. And I say this while, speaking frankly, not being an overall optimist about ever ending this de facto legal infanticide regime.

Much of this reflects the overall demographic change since then, both of the overall population's attitude and, especially, regarding the astronomical (but completely deserved) loss of audience / readership -- and therefore, influence -- of these obvious phonies and agenda-driven "journalists." Needless to say, I offer a continuing "good riddance" to them.

But in this environment it is more important than ever to understand, the nature of a free society being what it is, only within the strict rule of law can any effective right-to-life progress be made. Both the ludicrously extra-constitutional claims of ROE/DOE/CASEY, as well as the abortion industry's flouting of the marginal legal protections of pre-born babies' lives that are actually in place (and the illegal itself non-enforcement of the likes of Sebelius, Napolitano, etc.) represent just the opposite: might makes "right." So then to adopt ANY variation of this same tack, such as abstractly arguing that there is any such thing as "justifiable homicide" of abortionists absolutely guarantees that the pro-life movement will fail, and therefore many millions of future children will be legally exterminated.

So no one has any claim to the label of "pro-life" while expressing even the slightest sympathy or tolerance for acts of violence, such as the murder of George Tiller. And everyone,
especally self-proclaimed "purists," needs to keep this in mind, lest the movement be thrown back into the near-irrelevancy of the Clinton era.


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