Voice of the People: Anti-Abortion Activists Must Not Turn To Violence

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By James J. Devine

Five doctors have been murdered by anti-abortion zealots since the Roe versus Wade decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the government is not God.

George Tiller was the fifth doctor to have been killed because performed a safe, legal abortion procedure for patients who wanted to stop their pregnancy.

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Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder was handed down a minimum mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years, for the murder of George Tiller, but Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has not even been charged with a crime.

Roeder, 52, admitted to stalking Tiller for a few months before shooting the doctor as he attended Sunday church services. Roeder had a history of anti-abortion, anti-government philosophy and protest.

O’Reilly called the physician “Tiller the baby killer” in almost 30 broadcasts of his radio and cable-TV shows, often seeming to advocate acts of violence against the American citizen who was acting legally according to his conscience.

Americans have a tradition of allowing others to do what they want as long as another person is not hurt. No matter how you feel about abortion, there is a way to resolve this issue peacefully called politics.

Bombing women’s health clinics, murdering abortion doctors and advocating illegal violence in lieu of effective political action and success are all rejections of America’s core values as well as a grave insult to any religion based on love.


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