I was away for a few days when I heard of the murder of noted abortionist, Dr. George Tiller. Two thoughts immediately came to mind:
1. This is a reprehensible act and is in no way justifiable. Despite his record of performing late term abortions, the violent murder of this man is every bit as bad as the abortions that we speak out against.
2. The pro-life movement is going to be blamed for this and there will be a push to soften the language used to describe abortion.
While we must condemn any murder, whether it involves an abortionist or an unborn child, we cannot stop proclaiming the truth about abortion. Abortion is murder and every day babies are being legally slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs. We cannot give into the pressure and euphemize this violent act. It is murder and it is wrong. The fact that this man was killed by an unbalanced individual does not change anything.
I also ask that you say a prayer for the soul of Dr. Tiller. As hard as it is to imagine, this Church-going Lutheran somehow felt justified in murdering late-term babies on a regular basis. While abortion at any stage is wrong, it takes a special callousness to be able to murder a late term infant. As Catholics, we understand the importance of praying for the dead. Dr. Tiller’s fellow Lutherans do not believe in that practice, so he is missing out on much needed prayers. We need to fight the urge to condemn him for his actions. Instead we must ask The Lord to have mercy on his soul. That is what Jesus would want.