What happened to George Tiller is tragic and is murder. It is only in the most extreme of cases that a citizen is ever allowed to take the law into their own hands; this was not one of those cases. In America there are still legal means to stop abortion. Abortion is not forced on women. Abortion is not mandatory. Abortion is legal. Abortion is a tragedy, it is state-sanctioned murder, but this doesn’t give individual citizens or groups the right to exact justice on abortionists.
Now, make no mistake, Tiller was a murderer, and to quote from the movie A Few Good Men, “His death, while tragic, saves lives.” When you take an innocent human life (innocent in a legal sense), then it is murder. Tiller was innocent in a legal sense (certainly not in a moral sense) and subsequently the killing of Tiller qualifies as murder. Thus, the murderer was murdered.
What concerns me as well is that people are showing “moral outrage” over the murdering of Tiller. Again, it is tragic, but he’s not a hero. He’s not a hero for women’s rights as abortion does nothing for women’s right. He’s not a hero for some cause because abortion is simply unjust. He didn’t save “thousands of women from having to go to back alley abortions – and even if he did, this doesn’t make what he did the right thing. Tiller was a coward. Tiller was evil. His death, in many ways, was warranted and just. His death was just, the means to achieve that justice, however, were unjust. That is to say, justice was served in his death, but the way that justice was served was completely unjust, immoral, evil, and wrong.
With that said, I don’t understand the outrage. What is the difference between vigilante justice (which is an unjust means of achieving an end) and state-sanctioned murder (which is unjust in its end)? Four abortionists have been killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade, just four. Fifty-one million babies have been killed in the United States alone. Let’s put that in perspective: it is about the same number of total casualties in WWII. That means about 36% of all conceptions since 1973 have been aborted. Think about that for a second.
If, due to some tragedy today, 36% of the United States population were reduced, that would be a total loss of about one hundred nine million people, or about a third of the United States. One third of pregnancies since 1973 have been terminated in the United States alone.
So pardon me if I have a hard time expressing more outrage over the murder of Tiller than I do over the murder of a single human being in the womb. Life is life, regardless of the stage of development, which means murder is murder. Just as Tiller shouldn’t have been murdered, his victims in the womb should have been equally spared.
Yes, the murder of Tiller was wrong. His family will miss him. His death reminds us that we live in a fallen world. It would have been far more preferable for someone to simply sit down with him and convince him via a rational discussion that he was wrong, rather than murder him. Changing one’s mind without the threat, show, or use of violence is the best way to approach any issue. At the same time, where’s the outrage over the millions of humans killed because of abortion?