Operation Rescue Reaffirms Opposition to Killing Abortion Practitioner George Tiller
by Steven Ertelt
June 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas-based pro-life group Operation Rescue has come under heavy scrutiny in the wake of the killing of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. The group has strongly condemned the shooting and indicated it has no relationship with the potential killer and reaffirmed that today.
With alleged gunman Scott Roeder having posted on the group’s public forum at its web site, some media outlets and abortion advocates have erroneously accused the group of having a relationship with Roeder or condoning his actions.
After making it clear that Roeder has never officially or unofficially been a part of Operation Rescue, its president, Troy Newman, in a new editorial appearing in USA Today, further denounces the use of violence.
"The fundamental tenet of the pro-life movement is that human life has intrinsic value and is deserving of protection," Newman explained. "To take a life without due process devalues all life."
"We at Operation Rescue were shocked to hear of the homicide of late-term abortionist George Tiller and were among the first groups to denounce the cowardly act that took Tillers life. It was not justice, but vigilantism, which must be abhorred by a society that embraces the rule of law over anarchy," Newman continues.
"Social justice begins in the womb or it does not exist at all. The spark of life is so precious that the matter of abortion demands we expose it for what it is: the brutal and immoral destruction of a unique human being," Newman explains.
"Operation Rescue uses legal tools at our disposal, including the justice system, law enforcement, the legislative system, regulatory boards, health departments even our ironclad First Amendment rights … to expose the violence of abortion and provide as much protection as possible for women and their pre-born babies," Newman writes.
He concludes: "Tillers homicide must be denounced, but so should the killing of over 45 million innocent babies through abortion, because when even one life is wrongfully taken, it devalues us all."
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