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An eye for an eye

I've been thinking a bit lately about the recent murder of George Tiller. In case you don't recall, he's the abortion doctor in Kansas who was gunned down last week while attending church. I remember first seeing the headline blurb on cnn and msnbc and wondering who the heck the guy was and why anyone would care that he was dead. It wasn't until a few hours later when the first stories hit the wire that I figured out the relevance. My first thought was the hope that he had been gunned down in a robbery attempt or perhaps even better, he was killed by his transvestite lover in some sort of love polygon gone bad. Despite all that, it looks like he was killed over abortion and that's started some predictable gnashing of teeth and churning of rhetoric.

I knew without a doubt that this murder was going to be used by pro-abortion individuals as a rallying point and an attempt to tar and feather pro-lifers in general. Considering the latest poll results, things haven't really been going all that great for them and they could use some point of leverage. I didn't think more of the whole incident than that, but as I read more about the man and the debate, things started to change.

First and foremost, there was probably no more odious abortionist in the whole country than George Tiller. He was the abortionist's abortionist. Because of his willingness to take on even the most morally questionable of cases, many doctors would refer their patients to him when they required late term abortions. In fact, late term abortions were practically his specialty and he noted on the advertising for his clinic that no man in the entire western hemisphere had performed more such procedures than he. So knowing this, one journalist on Slate raised the question of whether his murder was justifiable if we really do believe that abortion is murder. The author's point seems to be that if we say no (and he clearly believes that most people would say no) that it means that we don't really view abortion as being equivalent to murder. If we did, then we should not only celebrate George Tiller's death but considering knocking one of his colleagues off to boot.

At the start of this, I was of the belief that whoever killed the man had to be punished because we are a nation of laws but that I certainly wouldn't weep for Tiller's corpse. The more I read of the man and the more I thought about the situation and I'm led to believe that maybe killing him was the moral path in the end. The man was a monster who committed incredible atrocities on a daily basis. While his supporters would tell us that his work entailed abortions on the brain dead or those fetuses who would have had no functional quality of life if born, we all know that that was not the limit of his actions. He so believed in abortion that he would do what no other doctor in the country would and indiscriminate corpses lay littered in his path. The person who killed him will have to face justice and pay for his crimes, but at least George Tiller won't be committing any more.
Tags: abortion, crime/law, news

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