Some fear Kan. ruling may spur abortion violence

January 11, 2010

Its possible that Mr. Roeder’s defense will be successful.  If anyone thinks this would be a Prolife victory they are doubly wrong.  First Roeder killed someone; you can’t get much less ProLife than that.  Second Roeder’s success at beating the system, though a pitiable limited success – he will likely spend the remainder of his life in jail – will prompt backlash of the worst kind against all true Prolife workers.  He has done no good thing here.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — On a balmy Sunday morning, Scott Roeder got up from a pew at Reformation Lutheran Church at the start of services and walked to the foyer, where two ushers were chatting around a table. Wordlessly, he pressed the barrel of a .22-caliber handgun to the forehead of Dr. George Tiller, one of the ushers, and pulled the trigger.

As his premeditated, first-degree murder trial begins Wednesday, no one – not even Roeder himself – disputes that he killed one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers.

But what had been expected to be an open-and-shut murder trial was upended Friday when a judge decided to let Roeder argue he should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter because he believed the May 31 slaying would save unborn children. Suddenly, the case has taken on a new significance that has galvanized both sides of the nation’s abortion debate.

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