Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, was shot dead this morning as he walked into church.
That's all I know so far.
Local story here.
Dr. Tiller was the doctor of last resort for many American women and girls who needed to terminate pregnancies and were unable to obtain procedures elsewhere. He was a steadfast supporter of women's control over their own bodies.
Now he is dead.
New York Times:
Wichita police said that the shots were fired from a handgun in the church lobby during the morning service. The authorities gave few details, but said they were searching for a powder blue Taurus made in the 1990s that had been seen leaving shortly after the shooting. They said witnesses had described seeing a white man departing. ...
In 1993, he was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent but recovered.
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The suspect fled the scene and authorities are still investigating. His car is described as a powder blue or light blue Taurus with a K-State vanity plate, license number 225 BAB. He is described as a white male in his 50’s or 60’s, 6’1,” 220 lbs, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
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I am sick over this horrible, horrible news. In this BBC story, it says:
We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning," anti-abortion group Operation Rescue said on its website.
The hell they do. They all but pulled the trigger.
Tiller is the fourth abortion provider in the US targeted and killed because of his work since 1993.