Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tiller's Death and the Prolife Movement

It was interesting to notice the responses from Christian and prolife leaders to the killing of late term abortionist, Dr. George Tiller. Every prolife group seemed to say the typical thing. For instance, Dr. Dobson condemned this action as stated on the CitizenLink website.
We are shocked by the murder of George Tiller, and we categorically condemn the act of vigilantism and violence that took his life. America has from its foundation respected the rule of law, by which every citizen is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those constitutional rights are forfeited only when crimes have been committed, and the perpetrator is charged and found guilty by a jury of his or her peers in a court of law.
To be honest, I struggle as to how Dr. Dobson was "shocked" by this. Tiller was shot several years ago and survived. Tiller lived in a very guarded community. If I remember correctly, his abortion mill was once bombed. I am shocked he managed to live this long.

Albert Mohler has also blogged on this issue (read here). Mohler says much that we prolifers agree with. However, instead of just following the conventional wisdom on this subject, I would like to interact and perhaps even challenge some of the discussion that he so ably represents in the next few posts.

Because of Tiller's death I had to explain what an abortion is to my daughter. After doing so, she just looked as perplexed an anyone could be. "That's legal?", was her return volley. In this video, John Piper argues a point that I have often wondered. If we all had to sit and watch an abortion, would it be illegal tomorrow? As for my nine year old, she didn't even need me to explain the morality of the question or show her a video. She just knew what it was.

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