The Wichita Eagle reports that George Tiller was shot and killed:
George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.
Tiller is one of the few doctors in the country who offered third trimester abortions, and did so in a city that rekindled the anti-abortion movement in the ’90s. His clinic was the subject of numerous attacks, including a shooting which wounded him in 1993.
Tiller also worked through his political action committee to ensure that women had access to lifesaving medical treatment. ProKanDo is a powerful force in Kansas politics, and while he had many political opponents, no one could dispute his sincere desire to help women.
The person who did this is a terrorist. His or her goal is to scare other doctors and prevent them from performing legal medical procedures, and from advocating for their patients’ needs. Political disagreement is fine, but no one should resort to violence. This act of terrorism deserves swift justice.