It is being reported that police in the US have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Dr George Tiller. Dr Tiller was well known in the States as an advocate of the ‘pro choice’ lobby. As a doctor he himself performed abortions and was one of a few doctors in the states to perform legal, but controversial, late term terminations.
He had been attacked before. In 1986 his clinic was bombed,and in 93 he was shot twice. The motives of his murderer have yet to be revealed, but there are suspicions that he is a fanatic on the fringe of the ‘pro life’ movement.
It strikes me that there is a dark, dark irony in murdering someone on the grounds that you are ‘pro life’. I would consider myself to be generally ‘pro life’ and for that very reason the thought of taking another life is abhorrent.
But then further reflection reveals that the justification of ‘sacrifice the few for the sake of the many’ has been used by killers for years. President Obama is surely right when he says:
“However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues
such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,”
Dark thoughts on a sunny morning.