This is no way to save the unborn

31 May

Kansas abortion doctor shot to death at church
Reuters

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Kansas doctor reviled by anti-abortion groups for his work providing “late-term” abortions was shot and killed in his Wichita, Kansas, church on Sunday, and police said they captured the man responsible.
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Shaun Kennedy, Executive Director of the American Life League said “Leaders within the pro-life movement often discuss justice in connection with our mission to end the tragedy of abortion. Today, Dr. George Tiller’s life ended in an act defying those principles.” There will be a press conference tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the Supreme Court Building to re-emphasize these points.

I am now, and have always been adamantly pro-life. But I learned a long time ago that arguing and graphic displays, such as that used by Alan Keyes on the campus of Notre Dame, will not win this argument. Yes, I support and vote for pro-life candidates. Yes, I support and advocate pro-life legislation such as parental notification. Yes, I oppose government funding of abortions. And, yes, I’ve marched up the hill to the Supreme Court Building.

But the reality is that I’m more likely to save a child by volunteering time and resources at the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. And I’ve done that.

Senseless acts like the murder of Dr. Tiller only harm the cause. Regardless of the killer’s background, the anti-abortion crowd will seize this as an opportunity to paint all pro-life forces as radical and dangerous.

The President issued the following statement.

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

I disagree with Barack Obama on much, indeed most, of his agenda. That includes his views on abortion. But in this case, he is absolutely right. No child will be saved by this act of lunacy.

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4 Responses to “This is no way to save the unborn”

  1. Jakes June 1, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    If life begins at conception, why do pro-life advocates seem to care more about late term abortions than earlier ones? If life is life then aren’t all abortions the same?

  2. Michael June 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Jakes, I don’t think pro-lifers believe that at all. The reality is that partial birth abortion is a hideous procedure and there is more opportunity to stop this grotesque form of child mutilation and murder. Pro-life advocates realize that we’re not going to win this battle all at once. So we work to reduce abortions. Ending partial birth abortion, requiring parental notification, etc. will not end abortion, but it will save thousands if not millions of children who would otherwise be murdered. Every child is precious.

  3. Jakes June 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Perhaps if it was easier to get abortions you wouldn’t see so many women resorting to the late term variety.

  4. Michael June 3, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Oh, c’mon Jake. It’s practically easier to get an abortion than it is an aspirin.

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