The BBC reported on the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Ob-Gyn, at his church
Sixty-seven year-old George Tiller was killed just after 1000 (1500 GMT) at the Reformation Lutheran Church.
The gunman, described as a white man, fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody in Wichita.
Dr Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed so-called late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US.
His clinic – called Women’s Health Care Services – had often been the site of demonstrations, and he had been shot and wounded by an assailant 16 years ago.
Questioning of the suspect, a 51 year-old man, is continuing. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said he was likely to face one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at two other men.
In a statement, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said his group had worked for years through peaceful and legal means and through the proper channels to see Dr Tiller “brought to justice”.
“We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning.”
Phill Kline, an opponent of Dr Tiller and a former attorney-general of the state of Kansas, said: “I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law.”
First off, Dr. Tiller, like Dr. David Gunn, and Dr. John Britton, was an Ob-Gyn who would perform all of the necessary medical procedures that were appropriate for their patients. That one of the procedures was abortion, was not the totality of their practices, no matter what the anti-abortion propagandists want you to believe.
The self-serving statement from the anti-abortion crowd in no way removes the blood on their hands from these terrorist acts.
In March of 1993 Dr. Gunn was murdered by Michael Griffin, and in July of 1994 Dr Britton and Lt. Col. James Barrett, USAF ret. were murdered by Paul Hill. The murders occurred in Pensacola, Florida.
Both murderers were associates of the local leader of the anti-abortion movement, John Allen Burt, a minister and former member of the Ku Klux Klan who operated Our Father’s House, a home for pregnant, drug-addicted and battered women near Pensacola. If you click on Mr. Burt’s name you will be rewarded with a picture of him on his sexual offenders record, and at the bottom of the page you learn his real purpose for operating the “home”.