Monday, June 1, 2009

Police have a Suspect

Police have charged Scott Roeder with the slaying of George Tiller:
(CNN) -- A 51-year-old man was in a Kansas jail Monday, charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a physician whose women's clinic frequently took center stage in the debate over abortion, authorities said.

Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita, Kansas, church Sunday morning, according to police. Tiller was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions and had survived a 1993 shooting outside his clinic.

Scott Roeder from the Kansas City, Kansas, area is being held without bond in the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility, according to the sheriff's office Web site. He is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

"This is a tragedy for the Tiller family. We feel so badly about that," Clarence Roeder, Scott's uncle, said in a statement provided to CNN affiliate KMBC. "That Scott would murder the doctor in the Lutheran Church. We are also Lutherans, and it adds a double touch of sadness and irony."

Roeder is expected to appear in court early this week, law enforcement officials said.

The attack drew condemnation from Tiller supporters, from some of those who tried to shut down his practice and from President Obama, who had urged Americans to seek "common ground" on the divisive issue just two weeks ago.

"However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

Here is my take on it:

I do not think that all anti-abortion groups are crazy radicals. In fact, I think most of them are protesting and petitioning in a legal manner on an issue that is important to them. I respect that. I do the same for issues that are important to me.

No matter what the case, violence is a method of last resort for anything. I do not like War, for example, but I understand that at some times a country must go to war. All other options must be exhausted first. I do not feel internal fighting in a country over political issues should ever result in violence. If MLK and Ghandi could get through to people without violence, then so can both sides of the Abortion debate.