Pro-Life Groups in England, New Zealand Also Condemn Killing George Tiller
by Steven Ertelt
June 3, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The condemnation of the shooting death of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller from the pro-life community in the United States has been unanimous. Leading pro-life groups in England and New Zealand are joining their colleagues and denouncing the Sunday shooting that resulted in Tiller’s death.
Ken Orr, a spokesman for Right to Life New Zealand, told LifeNews.com his group joins with the international pro-life movement "in condemning as an unspeakable and evil act the murder of late term abortionist George Tiller."
"The international pro-life movement is opposed to violence. It is opposed to violence against unborn children and it is opposed to violence against abortionists and their property," Orr explained.
"The pro-life movement upholds the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. The senseless and cowardly murder of George Tiller was a violation of his right to life," he opined.
Orr said the pro-life movement worldwide relies on "peaceful and lawful means" and said the "violence against unborn children will not be stopped by exercising violence against abortionists."
Orr also noted that the alleged gunman, 51-year-old militia member Scott Roeder, "has a criminal record and is not a member of any mainstream pro-life organization."
"It is pleasing that the alleged perpetrator of this heinous crime has been apprehended and will now be brought to justice," he concluded. "Right to Lifes prayer is for the mercy of God for the soul of George Tiller and for comfort for his grieving family."
Meanwhile, John Smeaton, the head of the British-based pro-life group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, also weighed in against the shooting.
"Although the motivation behind the killing of Dr Tiller has yet to be established, SPUC, in common with other pro-life groups, condemns his killing as a crime against life," he said.
"SPUC has always condemned violence, whether against abortionists or unborn babies. Our sympathy goes to Dr Tiller’s family," he added.
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