Bill O’Reilly’s Campaign Against Dr. George Tiller

While no one can argue that Bill O’Reilly and his ilk are directly responsible for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, they certainly are responsible for hanging a target on his back and engaging in frighteningly inflammatory rhetoric year after year, arguably creating an environment where it is okay to demonize a medical professional performing a legally guaranteed and necessary medical procedure. Not only did they make it okay for American citizens to demonize George Tiller, the result of their rhetoric is seen on message boards around the country where you can find Tiller’s murder being justified and even praised.

According to and ThinkProgress, O’Reilly began discussing Tiller on Febuary 25, 2005, and mentioned Tiller in 28 more episodes–frequently referring to him as “Dr. Tiller the Baby Killer.” 


And this is what O’Reilly had to say today, just a day after the murder of Tiller:

And while it’s true that many leaders on the right have decried the murder of George Tiller, there have been too many efforts to rationalize any influence such inflammatory and tolerated rhetoric of O’Reilly and others has had on anti-abortion extremists.  Former anti-abortion extremist Frank Schaeffer forcefully explains why pundits and extreme activists bear some responsibility for creating the environment in which Tiller’s murder ocurred in the Huffington Post.

We also need to talk about about domestic terrorism, because it’s been infuriating to watch conservatives rationalize the murder of George Tiller by claiming that his murder is not a terrorist act because Tiller’s murderer alone. 

According to Princeton’s WordNet, terrorism is “the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.”  A terrorist is “a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities.”

When we take in the history of violent acts committed by anti-abortion extremists, not to mention the charged rhetoric, Tiller’s murderer becomes one in a series of domestic terrorists who employ terror in the service of a religious and/or political goal.

According to data gathered by the National Abortion Federation, there have been at least nine killings in anti-abortion protests, 17 attempted murders and 400 death threats since 1973.  Bombings and arson attempts of abortion clinics happen on a regular basis.  This is a pattern of violence used to intimidate a constitutionally protected medical procedure.

This pattern of violence is domestic terrorism.

And the results have been devasting for women and their families in America. Not only does Tiller’s death leave only two doctors in America who will perform a necessary medical procedure, in many states, women and their families have litle or no access to the constitionally protected right to abortion.  As Sara Robinson writes:

“Tiller was one of just three doctors in the entire US who performed late-term abortions. Now, there are just two. Which means that 36 years of anti-choice terrorism is now just two assassinations away from completely ending late-term abortion in America. Violence has won out — over the will of the people, over the courts, over the horrific logic of medical necessity. And whenever terrorists win, democracy has lost — and is lost.”

We don’t like to think of terrorists as people like us.  We like to think of terrorists as foreigners, as people who look and sound different than us, and who live in different places–not in our own cities and neigborhoods. But they do, and until the anti-abortion movement takes responsibility for the inflammatory rhetoric that surrounds it and loudly condemns it over and over, whenever it rears up, and until we all make it unnacceptable for “news” broadcasters to incite violence irresponsibly for the sake of ratings, the domestic terrorism will continue.

And just today, Family Research Council spokeswoman Cathy Ruse referred to Dr. George Tiller as “Dr. Killer:”

Abortion is a complex issue, but until the anti-abortion movement ends the inflammatory rhetoric and the emotion of some of its leaders that feed the fear and hate of extremists, we will not be able to come together in the ways we need to to lower the numbers of unwanted pregnancies in this country.

Send a note of condolences to the men and women who worked along side Dr. Tiller at Women’s Health Care Services in Kansas.


Thomas Panto
Thomas Panto5 years ago

All Mammals nurse, nurture, shelter and protect the future of their beloved species from ALL ATTACKERS of that Life THEY LOVE. Only these evil holy empires curse creation to hell for being what they are created to be. If you don't care about the Future of the Human Family tjhen leave our planet. Abortion was invented by the Human Mond to save the HUMANS from what their evil empires and their obedient followers have failed to save Humanity from. IGNORANCE.
I am a MILLION YEARS of accumulating WISDOM passed from parent to child and from genration to generation. Your religious cult tells you I am a piece of MEAT. But it is not their worst LIE. They promise you ''heaven'' if you would curse God and His creation to ''hell'' for their priest. Thier followers are uneducated fools.
Never sacrifice a Human mother, Human family and Human future just to save an unwanted scrap of insignificant mammal meat. ''HUMAN'' is a QUALITY of MIND and not a QUANTITY of MEAT.

Rosanne G.
Rosanne G5 years ago

This should be read as the end of the comment below: Are you planning on blaming that deceased Pope for anyone who felt hopeless & committed suicide? It's ludicrous what the left feels they can justify in the name of their agenda. I can tell you that I would rather believe in God & live a good life & find out there wasn't a God, than to live like their isn't a God & hurt & kill people, & cheat & lie & then die and find out there was a God. I'll choose to live like there truly is a Great Higher Power that created this world that men & women continue to destroy by their actions. If you consider that unreasonable & unrealistic, then I'll accept that as a compliment. Babies are not meat, or zygotes, or fetuses that are disposable for any reason. My God says about yours? He gave us 10 Commandments-written in stone-I'm pleading the 5th on this one: Thou Shalt Not Kill...Whether you believe in that or not, it is still a source of love, law & order that makes for a better society. I hope I live to see the day that men & women stop killing innocent children, in & outside of the womb. The womb is just a Temporary Home, just like the Earth is for the rest of us until we die & hopefully enter Heaven or Hell…unless you think you get to choose where you go besides 6 feet under?

Rosanne G.
Rosanne G5 years ago

So sad: For those who blame Bill O'Reilly for another's person's actions. How about the words of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hoffa, Nancy Pelosi, Alan Grayson, etc, etc, the list is endless? They incite & people follow, and never a word of disgust or hate from the liberal left, but a person like Bill O’Reilly brings to light the actions of a late term abortionist & you want to hold him responsible for an unstable man. How about that Eric Holder, who put the guns in the hands of the Mexicans who murdered Bryan Terry....Where is your outcry? Why hasn't he been chastised, disciplined & removed from his job as Attorney General? I'll tell you why...because he is working for Obama & his administration & the left doesn't think he should be held accountable for not performing his job & causing the death of our "good guys". He's a liar & a thug. Why didn't he prosecute the New Black Panthers who threatened voters in Pennsylvania? He is despicable & so was Dr. Tiller, but you will NEVER convince any SANE person that Bill O'Reilly caused the death of Dr. Tiller. He reports the facts. Just because you can't handle the truth, does NOT make him responsible for a nut with a gun. Please back up your accusations with research & facts. Did the gunman even watch O'Reilly? Were there other factors known to his family & friends that compelled him to act so horribly? Pope John Paul II said: "A Nation That Kills Its Own Children is a Nation without Hope".

Terry King
Terry King5 years ago

God is simply a human construct, Zygotes are not people and Bill O'Reilly is a criminal!

Cynthia Gone for now
Cynthia Davis5 years ago

TO Chris... If you can defend Hitler as you have here, I can understand now why you would defend O'Reilly.

Cynthia Gone for now
Cynthia Davis5 years ago

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Cynthia Gone for now
Cynthia Davis5 years ago

To Chris....Who influenced or incited the ones holding the guns? Again I say you mush be very naive to think that there are not people that can incite violence in others. When you say to millions of people on a TV program that something needs to be done about one specific person you have to be pretty dumb not to think at least one of those millions might be unbalanced and ready to do just that...the something that they have conjured in their mind as the thing that must be do. That's why I think Bill O'reilly is very much accountable. He preached and raved about Dr Tiller over and over year after year as if he had a personal vendetta against him...that is not professional journalism...that's hate speech pure and simple. All I am trying to say is that all of us are accountable for what we say about others and people that are listen to by millions should be careful about what they say and how they say it. And yes if Hoffa is telling people to kill anyone he should be held accountable as well.

Chris C.
Chris C5 years ago

First of all Jim Jones held AK 47's to his peoples heads and threatened them that if they didn't drink the kool-aide they would be shot. So his people didn't have a choice. Same thing with Hitler. He used fear and intimidation on his people. Most of the German people did not even know what was going on in the concentration camps. He and his army killed millions of Jews. He may have hated other races and gays but he did not kill them. Bill O'reilly doesn't need defending and yes people are responsible for their own actions. I guess James Hoffa who is a union stooge for the Obama administration should be condemned for telling his people to go out and kill Tea Party members. Did not hear from any of the libs or Obama condemning his actions.

Cynthia Gone for now
Cynthia Davis5 years ago

If you are foolish enough to believe that other people are not incited or influenced by others then I would like you to tell me why 500 people willingly killed themselves in Guyana because Jim Jones told them to or why Hitler influenced people to kill millions of Jews, Gays and Black people. I could go on for ever on this subject but the point is that people can and do get influenced to do wrong things everyday. Bill O'reilly is wrong in what he does and how he incites hate in others and I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would take up for this hateful man. Do you not listen to what he say's or are you as full of hate as he is.

Rosanne G.
Rosanne G5 years ago

That's's your do with it what you want....take the pill...have your man use a condom...use foam....IUD....whatever you want to do with your body is OK with me & all the other pro-life people, but you do not have the right to kill another human being & ask PRO-LIFE people to pay for your decision. It's disgusting what is used as justification for the actions of people who decide to abort a baby. It's not the baby's fault that it was conceived. So continue to do what you want to your ever precious body, but stay out of our pocketbooks & our minds. By the way....the poll was to comment on Bill O'Reilly's supposed part in the death of Dr. Tiller, the baby killer. Try to FOCUS before & after Fornication.