Thursday, June 3, 2010

Did Scott Roeder really act alone in the murder of George Tiller?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

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The Vinn Diagram above came from the Spring 2010 edition of Ms. Magazine. Along with the diagram is a helluva story from writer Amanda Robb, who wonders if Scott Roeder, the man convicted of murdering Wichita abortion provider George Tiller in May 2009, really acted alone. Robb interviewed Roeder and his friends, and she writes:

Using information gleaned from these sources, along with public

records, it is possible to piece together the

close, long-term and ongoing relationship

between Roeder and other anti-abortion extremists

who advocate

murder and violent attacks on abortion providers.

Robb makes a case for conspiracy in Tiller's murder, laying out each

person's connection to Roeder. She does so as she tries to understand how someone could murder to

stop abortion because her uncle, abortion provider Barnett Slepian, was

murdered in a sniper attack by James Kopp.

In an interview with Robb, Roeder claimed that he went to lunch with Operation Rescue's brain trust -- president Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger, who was convicted of conspiracy to bomb a California abortion clinic in 1988 -- in 2002.

Roeder

claimed that he asked Newman about "justifiable homicide" during their

lunch meeting.

Robb: What did

you say to him?

Roeder: Oh, something like if

an abortionist -- I don't even know if it was

specifically Tiller ... was shot, would it be

justified? ... And [Newman]

said, "If it were, it wouldn't upset me."

Newman

has claimed no association to Roeder. He also denounced violence.

But Sullenger's

phone number was found in Roeder's car after Tiller's killing.

Roeder also claimed that Newman gave him an autographed copy of his book

while visiting Operation Rescue's headquarters three months before

Roeder killed Tiller. 

Monday marked a year since Tiller was gunned down in his church. On that day, Newman issued a defensive statement in an attempt to distance himself and Operation Rescue from Roeder.

In the statement, Newman claims Tiller was considering retiring, citing This is What a Feminist Blogs Like.

"We had worked since 2002, through peaceful, legal avenues to expose the heinous nature of Tiller's late-term abortion business, bring him to justice, and close his abortion clinic. The fact that Tiller was preparing to quit proves that our efforts were successful. Unfortunately, Tiller's murder a year ago was a senseless and despicable act that wrongly took a life and denied the people justice under the law. If Roeder had not acted, Tiller would be retired today and his abortion clinic closed without violence. We were right. Roeder was as wrong as it gets."

This is What a Feminist Blogs like responds:

Their use of this blog as a means to promote disinformation, suggesting they were in anyway a factor in Dr. Tiller's choice to retire is disgraceful and inaccurate. Dr. Tiller devoted his life to help women make fully informed medical decisions without being coerced and frightened by a political agenda. Operation Rescue is a dangerous organ of misinformation and promotes violence against women and medical professionals in the due course of their lives. Their agenda is exclusively devoted to engendering fear amongst emotionally vulnerable women seeking safe medical treatment in accordance with the law.

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