Dr. Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Clinic from Prison

It’s been four years since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in cold blood in front of his church by an anti-choice fanatic. His killer, Scott Roeder, is serving a life sentence for that murder. However, that hasn’t stopped him from threatening another women’s health clinic.

The South Wind Women’s Health Center opened at the former location of Dr. Tiller’s practice earlier this year. Naturally, the existence of a facility dedicated to women’s health (all of it, abortion included) is too much for some people to bear. According to Raw Story:

“To walk in there and reopen a clinic, a murder mill where a man was stopped, is almost like putting a target on your back – saying, ‘Well, let’s see if you can shoot me,’” Roeder told [anti-choice activist Dave] Leach in the interview.

Sure! Because letting women make their own health care decisions and act on those decisions is basically asking to get shot in the back. Stay classy.

Look back up at how I described Roeder in the preceding paragraphs. I use terms like “killer” and “fanatic,” which he undoubtedly is. Why, though, don’t we call people like Roeder — people who make it their life’s mission to destroy the ability of women to control their own bodies — terrorists?

There have been sustained attacks on abortion providers since Roe. According to the National Abortion Federation Violence and Disruption Statistics (PDF) there have been 8 murders, 420 death threats, and over 15,000 incidences of hate mail and harassing phone calls since 2011. It may not have all been one organized group, but if this isn’t terrorism, I don’t know what is.

It hasn’t even been that long since the last attack on an abortion provider. In early April, a man was arrested for breaking into an Indiana Planned Parenthood, causing extensive damage with an ax. In 2012, clinics in Wisconsin and Florida were firebombed.

This is the day-to-day for abortion doctors, nurses and escorts. These are some of the bravest people in the world. Sure, their clinics aren’t attacked every day, but I can’t imagine what it must be like to know that deadly violence has been used against clinics before and it likely will again. Days must be filled with constant anxiety and fear for the safety of yourself, your family, your coworkers and your patients.

You know. Terrorism.

I guess that’s how you show you’re “pro-life,” by threatening and taking the lives of others. If there is one thing Roeder’s recent comments remind us, it’s that the “pro-life” movement is exactly the opposite.



Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford3 years ago

Just think if Scott Roeder would have been aborted! Tiller provided a legal service to women and was killed in cold blood. Typical right wing nuts only care about something that isn't living yet. When that child is born they could care less about it's welfare and upbringing. I have a list of people that should have been aborted and he is near the top. Is there not one person in that jail that could give him a daily probing?

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago


Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Suba - You bring up an excellent point. If, in fact, the U.S. justice system was executing the worst of the worst (serial killers, mass murderers, murdering sociopaths) then perhaps I could be supportive of it simply for the "specific deterrence" aspect (i.e. those bastards deserve to die).

However, what we do, for the most part, is simply wantonly and capriciously execute people on the whims of the prosecutors office (generally in the same 5 states) and they are almost uniformly poor and or minorities. I have no problem with the "revenge' factor, of saying "you are just too freakin' evil to live." Unfortunately, that is not the way the death penalty is applied in the United States.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Thanks Rainbow, Vermont was quite beautiful, although it rained a lot when we were there. We rented a cabin on a lake so the puppies enjoyed swimming (though it was a little cold for those of us without fur to get in the water).

Rainbow W.
.3 years ago

It is good to have you back, Kevin. Vermont? I haven’t been up there in forever, very pretty. I haven’t been able to get away for years. Think I’m getting a little burned out. I actually have dreams of going up to Alaska. Never been there, my Grandparents had. Just be nice to get away from all the noise.

Roseanne S.

Hi I haven't met you, Kevin and Rainbow. I really liked your comments.

Some crimes are so terrible that no punishment would be sufficient for those effected.
This is where I believe the justice system has an obligation to address the needs of victims.
The death penalty not only prevents the rehabilitation of the offender, it also means that any acknowledgement of the suffering to victims cannot take place.
Have you seen "Dead Man Walking" or "The Green Mile?"
Or heard of restorative justice and Howard Zohr?

For some situations there is no justice, especially when it cannot be successfully proven under the law. I am someone who has been in this situation. I chose to heal myself. I decided to not be vengeful towards them. It didn't mean what was done didn't matter, it meant I mattered more. What was done doesn't get to define me. They don't get to choose who I am, I do. I am piece by piece reclaiming back myself and my life.

I believe we all can help people we know to heal by listening to their stories and showing we truly care, by helping them to rebuild their lives.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Thanks Suba, it's nice to be back after a week in the Vermont wilderness with no computer or television. I was presenting at a residency conference at a university so the wife and I (and the puppies) rented a cabin for the week. It was fun, but nice to be home!

Rainbow W.
.3 years ago

It’s not just the death penalty, it law in general. I have seen people get life for the dumbest things. I do believe in the death penalty. I see your point but it’s not the penalty, it’s the system. I personally believe the death penalty should be used not as a “punishment” per se, but as a way to deal with those we cannot deal with; inmates who keep escaping, rioting and killing behind bars. If you can’t play nice you must be removed. The same problems with high crime rates, corruption in the system and poverty are prevalent in states and countries with the death penalty as those without. The one factor that is different: where the death penalty isn’t present there are more escapes, riots and violence in prisons. That’s why many countries are considering bringing it back. Yes innocent people are convicted; however, I never could see the difference in sentencing an innocent person to death or life behind bars, to be beaten raped and tormented. I would prefer death thank you. The penalty isn’t the problem. It’s the system, so let’s fix it.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Linda M. I have to respectfully disagree with you regarding the death penalty and it is NOT because some individual don't deserve to die, they do, however the death penalty "as applied" is a travesty.

The United States and Japan are the only first world, industrialized democracies that still have the death penalty and the Japanese reserve it only for serial killers and mass murderers with aggravating factors. In the U.S. we haphazardly kill poor and minorities.

It is applied in a nonsensical and capricious fashion, has no effect on general deterrence, and is, quite frankly, a disgrace.

Additionally, Since 1973 over 130 Death Row inmates in the U.S. have been exonerated by DNA evidence.

Sandra L.
Sandra L3 years ago

Roseanne, I was pointing out that there are some who use deceit to push their 'morals'. It is shameful behavior. Extremists, not all, I don't believe anyone LOVES abortion, but some of us know better than others the real bottom line. To each woman her own choice.