Whatever you may feel about abortion rights, or being pro-choice or pro-life, I would hope that you can see that murder, even when taken in the name of a pro-life cause, is wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right, to use an old saying, but you also know that taking a life via murder is a sin, period. Scott Roeder ignored this, obviously.
Scott Roeder was arrested 170 miles away in Kansas City three hours after the shooting, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said. He added that it appeared that Roeder acted alone, authorities were still investigating whether he had any connection to anti-abortion groups.
Scott Roeder will likely be charged with two counts of aggravated assault in addition to murder. Stolz said the gunman threatened two people who tried to stop him.
President Barack Obama said he was "shocked and outraged" by the murder.
"However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."Americans United for Life were equally outraged at Scott Roeder's act, and made the following statement:
"We condemn this lawless act of violence. The foundational right to life that our work is dedicated to extends to everyone. Whoever is responsible for this reprehensible violence must be brought to justice under the law."Tiller's participation in late-term abortions brought him much cricitism, and there is / was even an online petition to have him arrested and charged. That site is currently down, and it came down just in the last 30 minutes. My guess is it had begun to be filled with hateful comments, perhaps applauding Tiller's death.
The last killing of an abortion doctor was in October 1998 when Dr. Barnett Slepian was fatally shot in his home in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. A abortion opponent, James Charles Kopp, was convicted of the murder.
Watch a video report on the reactions of some Wichita residents: