The confessed abortion doctor killer is back in the news stirring reaction from abortion opponents and proponents alike. Some in the Fairfield county community of faith have expressed a strong rejection of abortion but perhaps more strongly rejected the killer’s methods.
Scott Roeder, 51, the confessed killer of late term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 shooting death. Tiller Killer
Six days of secret jury selection ended with eager reporters witnessing jury selection proceedings for Scott Roeder. Judge Warren Wilbert allowed the presence of the media during the questioning of remaining jurors. The allowance comes on the heels of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling favoring a petition for the media to be allowed in the court room.
Tiller, 67, was a high profile figure in the abortion industry. He reportedly performed 60,000 abortions, beginning in 1974. Throughout his work he considered himself a family practitioner adopting the title DABFP (Diplomat American Board of Family Practice). Tiller’s practice was not without professional and personal trouble. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts took disciplinary action against Tiller because of alcohol and Demerol abuse in 1984. Tiller was also in the news as a victim of a shooting by a woman with a pistol though no serious injury occurred. He developed a method of abortion he called MOLD, which involved a series of injections during a late term pregnancy resulting in the birthing of a dead baby.
Prior to the killing Roeder had other run-ins with the law. The 38-year-old was arrested in April of 1996 in Topeka, Kans., for an improper license plate. Officers found much more however. Bomb-making supplies were discovered including ammunition, a blasting cap, a fuse cord, a 1-lb. can of gunpowder and two 9-volt batteries. Police reported that Roeder, in 1996 was part of the antigovernment Freemen group that engaged in a “three-month standoff with the FBI from a remote Montana farmhouse in 1996.” A higher court in 1997 determined that the search was illegal and dismissed the charges.
Community residents of Fairfield, Trumbull and Monroe responded to the violence against abortion clinic workers.
Donna B. of Trumbull identifying herself as a Lutheran said, “I understand the guy. I am against abortion with some exception but killing workers at the clinic is wrong.”
Evangelical Bruce Soderholm of Fairfield had similar sentiments. “Just because abortion is wrong, I don’t condone another wrong. Abortion is wrong but so is killing workers. Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Soderholm recalled the teachings of Jesus. “I think even Jesus in his time did not commit further wrong despite the injustices of his day. Killing workers is just not right.”
Soderholm further reacted to other questions.
In light of the gruesome procedure of abortion, should Christians go beyond the law to right this wrong?
Soderholm was certain that “we have a right to protest within the law but we can’t take the law into our own hands.
Is there ever a time to respond to this particular violence?
Soderholm continued, “I don’t think we ever have a right to respond in violence. I don’t see a situation to take actions into our own hands. Our government represents the people and therefore represents our opinion.”
Frank F. of Monroe, a lifelong Catholic said, “I am against what this guy did. The legal system must handle it. What is law is law. If society thinks the law regarding abortion is wrong, they should change it through their representatives. But changing the law may force a black market for abortion-it will happen anyway. I feel there is not enough momentum now to change the law.”
At the close of Thursday, A jury of eight men and six women was chosen for Roeder the man charged with slaying the abortion doctor. KAKE News observes that arguments are to begin on Friday, the anniversary of the 1973’s Roe v. Wade.