Abortion doctor George Tiller murdered in church

June 1st, 2009 - 12:56 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

George Tiller One of the few doctors in the US to perform late-term abortions, George Tiller, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, in Wichita.

The shooting occurred at around 10am (Central time) at Reformation Lutheran Church on the city’s East Side, Dr. Tiller’s regular church.

Wichita police said that the shots were fired from a handgun in the church lobby during the morning service. The authorities gave few details, but said they were searching for a powder blue Taurus made in the 1990s. They said witnesses had described seeing a white man departing.

Police Captain Brent Allred said that the FBI and state police had been called to the scene saying, “this is going to be a larger search than maybe just Wichita,

Dr. Tiller, had performed abortions since the 1970s and had long been a focal point for controversy over the issue of abortion, particularly in Kansas, where abortion opponents regularly protested outside his clinic and sometimes his home and church.

In 1993, he was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent but recovered.

He had also been the subject of many efforts at prosecution, including a citizen-initiated grand jury investigation. In the latest such effort, in March, Dr. Tiller was acquitted of charges that he had performed late-term abortions that violated state law.

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