Friday, April 2, 2010

Dr. Tiller's murderer sentenced to life in prison

A Kansas judged sentenced Dr. George Tiller’s murderer, Scott Roeder, to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 50 years.  The judge was left to decide whether to sentence Roeder to life with a possibility of parole in 25 years or 50 years. In the end, the judge administered the harsher sentence because of evidence that Roeder stalked Dr. Tiller before the shooting.  The prosecutor identified the extreme actions of anti-choice zealots as a form of domestic terrorism and requested the maximum sentence to deter other anti-abortion fanatics from committing violent acts against abortion providers. 

An attorney for the Tiller family told the court "The impact of his death on women throughout the world is like an earthquake.  They ask, 'Where can I go? What will I do?' I have to say, 'I'm sorry, I can't tell you.' That's the impact of this crime."  Since Dr. Tiller’s death, the state of Kansas has not had a late-term abortion provider.  Dr. Tiller was a strong advocate for women’s rights, firmly believing women should be trusted to know what is best for themselves and their families.  The sentencing of his killer is a small concession for his untimely death.

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