Dr. George Tiller was murdered two years ago today by Scott Roeder, a pro-life activist who had made threats towards and was very outspoken about violence towards clinics and abortion providers. Roeder worked closely with groups like Operation Rescue and many believe that his connections within that organization helped him plan the murder of Dr. Tiller.
Operation Rescue had basically been stalking Tiller and his staff and had attempted to slander the people at the clinic by putting posters up in their neighborhoods. This organization tracked Tiller’s movements, memorized his schedule, and frequently harassed him at his home. I, personally, believe that Operation Rescue provided Scott Roeder with Dr. Tiller’s schedule which allowed him to follow him and gun him down at his church.
Tiller was no stranger to the violence that befalls abortion clinics and the staff that work there. His clinic was bombed and the was site for many protests and sit ins. He was shot in 1993 by a woman who had committed many crimes directed at abortion providers/clinics including attempted bombings, acid attacks, and murders. Tiller survived the attack and even went back to work the next day.
When it became clear that Tiller wouldn’t back down when faced with violence towards his clinic or his own life, pro-life groups (including Operation Rescue) decided on a different tactic. They attempted to get Tiller tied up in court and have his license removed. That didn’t work, either, and Tiller went back to work until he was murdered two years ago.
The pro-choice community lost a huge asset and resource two years ago. Please remember Dr. Tiller and what he died for: the rights of people to have agency over their own bodies and make their own medical decisions.