Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said:
“We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”
Kansans for Life Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp offered a succinct statement:“Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends. Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and legislation on the life issues here in Kansas. We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today.”
Across the state line, Missouri Right to Life President Pam Fichter issued this statement:
“Missouri Right to Life strongly condemns the murder of Dr. George Tiller and extends our sincere sympathy to his family. We have always and will always oppose violent acts in response to the violence of abortion. Missouri Right to Life is committed to working peacefully and legally in our efforts to educate citizens on the tragedy of abortion and to work for legislation that will protect women and their unborn children. We urge all who support the sanctity of human life to offer their prayers for Dr. Tiller, his family, and to pray for an end to abortion.”
Eloquence is something that eludes me these days, so I’ll be brief and rather blunt in my observations of this rather epic event within the pro-life struggle.
First, the tragedy. The murder happened in a church and with the victim’s wife present. She is in my prayers.
Second, the truth of God’s Word. Galatians 6 teaches that we reap what we sow. It is taught elsewhere in Scripture as well. I am not the least happy in this. Rather, I am mournful of the violence that George Tiller sowed during his so-called medical career; and I am sad that more violence was sown this past Sunday.
Third, Tiller evidently was a regular church attender. I am very grieved that he felt comfortable in a church that calls itself Christian. Jesus hates the murder of innocent children. I am disheartened that many who have attended this church (Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wichita, Kansas) have been given a message that abortion is ok. It is not.
Fourth, Tiller has not met the Creator. His Creator. The Creator of the thousands he murdered. It indeed is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God. I have no doubt Tiller is in hell. And for that, I am very, very sad.