The murder of the notorious Abortionist, George Tiller, on Sunday, was a horrific and violent event. The killing of a human being, without justification, is always wrong, regardless of who that person might be, or what that person does for a living. In my opinion, Dr. George Tiller was a murderer. However, Dr. Tiller murdered those babies, (some say 60,000 by his hand alone!) within the confines of the law; meaning he acted legally, and therefore he did not actually commit murder, under the legal definition of murder in the United States. Therefore, any violent or forcible act to prevent him from performing more abortions would be unjust and immoral.
Most of us in the pro-life movement, understand this; we would never commit a violent act upon anyone to achieve our goals of ending abortions by making them illegal, and unwanted. We know and understand that the only way to stop abortions is to ask God for forgiveness and mercy, and pray in the name of Jesus Christ and His Most Holy Mother Mary, to change the hearts of those seeking and performing abortions. We understand that our goal to end abortions in the world will not be accomplished by anything we do, but will be accomplished by God in His mercy.
The murder of Dr. Tiller, I believe, is a tragic blow to the pro-life movement as a whole. Just by watching the news the last few days, once again, the pro-life movement is now categorized as a lunatic, terrorist group, whose modus operandi is to commit violent acts and murder. This at a time in the pro-life movement, when after the 2008 election we were at our lowest point, and more recently when the most prestigious Catholic university in America, Notre Dame, honored the most pro-abortion President ever in Barrack Obama, this murder takes us further away from our goal than we have ever been. Although a recent poll showed that people identifying themselves as pro-life to be the majority for the first time since polls were taken in this area, a closer inspection of the polls does not support this finding. 51% of those polled identified themselves as pro-life, yet 76% stated that abortion should be legal either in all or limited circumstances. That does not sound pro-life to me. So with this backdrop, this murder may only further dilute our message of respecting life at all stages.
And not surprisingly, the media is now bent on showing Dr. Tiller as the martyred saint for the pro-choice crowd. Dr. Tiller, far from being a saint, was an opportunist at best, and a murderer at worst. But now, with his murder, the “high ground” that had been ours for years (at least the last 10 years), is now with the pro-abort gangs, because of the murder of their fallen hero.
To make matters worse, the media is also attempting to connect statements made by pro-life leaders, such as the Catholic Bishops, and conservative television hosts, like Bill O’Reilly, to place blame for the murder of George Tiller at their feet because they had the gall to speak out and say that what George Tiller was doing was murder. Never mind the fact that none of these people ever abdicated violence or suggested in any way that violent acts be committed to stop the abortions. But that doesn’t matter to a media whose pro-abort views are clearly seen in their reporting of stories and in their editorial comments.
So where does that leave the Pro-Life movement? First, we should speak loudly and forcefully that we do not condone any violent acts to achieve our goals; that violence is exactly what we are attempting to stop. Second, we must continue to be vigilant in exposing the “falseness” of the “pro-choice” movement, by standing up for the truth, that all life is sacred from its beginning to its natural end. And third, we must pray…and pray…and pray…