NARAL President Trashes Pro-Lifers Year After Abortionist George Tiller Death

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 25, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

NARAL President Trashes Pro-Lifers Year After Abortionist George Tiller Death

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 25
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Nearly one year following the death of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, NARAL president Nancy Keenan used the occasion to trash pro-life advocates. In a new opinion column in the Huffington Post, Keenan highlights women who loved Tiller and says pro-lifers exploited his death.

Keenan gushed over Tiller as if he were Mother Teresa, even though he killed unborn children in the latter parts of pregnancy, injured women and killed a mentally disabled teenager in a botched abortion.

"After his murder, many women and men came to our blog to express their appreciation for what Dr. Tiller had done for their sisters, wives, relatives, and friends," Keenan recalled. "Many of these women had found themselves in desperate and heart-breaking circumstances and turned to Dr. Tiller in their time of need."

One woman claimed the late-term abortion practitioner "helped our family through one of the darkest, most desperate and unthinkable moments we ever experienced" by doing an abortion later in pregnancy than is allowed in most every state.

But Keenan quickly turned to trashing pro-life advocates and accused pro-life groups of responsibility for Tiller’s death because they oppose abortion and dare to speak up about it.

"It’s equally infuriating that the same people who spent years harassing Dr. Tiller and his patients outside his health center showed no remorse. They rejected the notion that their pattern of inflammatory rhetoric could lead to violence by the more extreme elements of their own anti-choice movement," Keenan claimed.

She cited how pro-life advocates focused on Nebraska late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart, who promised to pick up where Tiller left off.

Keenan blasted the National Right to Life Committee and its Nebraska state affiliate for promoting a bill that would help inform women that their unborn child would feel pain during an abortion, especially late in pregnancy.

"In a further sign of disrespect for women, the National Right to Life Committee’s Mary Spaulding Balch told Politico how her group capitalized on tragedy for political gain," Keenan wildly asserted. "An anti-choice operative’s callous words that reduce women in tragic situations to pawns in a political game are outrageous — and we cannot let them go unchecked."

But Balch did no such thing.

She merely pointed out how the media attention turned to Carhart following Tiller’s death and how Carhart promised to expand his abortion business further.

"When George Tiller was killed, LeRoy Carhart had national attention…That alerted Speaker Mike Flood to the problem in Nebraska and he worked to address that," she said.

Balch talked with in response to Keenan’s column.

"That’s the problem. They think its a game. This is life and death. Carhart is aborting unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain. That is what is outrageous," she said.

"The only thing our opponents offer a mother in crisis is a dead baby. That’s no answer, that’s a dead end," she added.

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