January 28, 2010


I shot US abortion doctor to protect children, Scott Roeder tells court (Ed Pilkington, 1/28/10, guardian.co.uk)

Roeder told the jury that he was born-again in 1992 after watching an evangelical television programme, the 700 Club. "That day I knelt down and I did accept Christ as my saviour."

Despite frequent objections from the prosecution, the judge allowed Roeder to tell the court his conviction that abortion was murder, from conception onwards. "It is not man's job to take life — it's our Heavenly Father's. He is our creator, he gives and takes life. It's never up to man to take life, except in defence of self or others."

At one point Roeder talked of foetuses being "torn limb from limb" and said foetuses in later stages of pregnancy "feel more pain". Both comments drew protests from the prosecution.

Roeder said he did not approve of abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, as "two wrongs don't make a right".

The only area he would consider – and he said that he "struggled" over this — would be if the mother would certainly die if she remained pregnant.

After he turned to God, the jury heard, Roeder began taking part in "sidewalk counselling" – protests outside Tiller's clinic and other abortion clinics, where patients would be accosted in an attempt to dissuade them from going through with the procedure.

In the defence's opening statement, Roeder's lawyer, Mark Rudy, said Roeder had grown increasingly frustrated by the inability of the authorities to stop Tiller carrying out late abortions. He had been "astonished, upset and distraught" when a jury found Tiller not guilty of breaking abortion laws in a trial shortly before the killing.

"He came to the view that he was going to have to take action himself," Rudy told the jury. "He killed Dr Tiller as he believed that was the only way to save the lives of the unborn. He will tell you he had no choice."

...is that it basically isn't being covered by the American press (other than the hometown Kansas City Star).

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2010 4:00 PM
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