Dr. George Tiller, one of few remaining providers of late-term abortions in the United States, has been assassinated. He was shot in his own church.
A the gunman, a Scott Roeder, is in now custody, and some research into his background has (shocker) found that he is linked with right-wing extremist groups such as the anti-abortion group Project Rescue (now Operation Save America), the Sovereign Citizens and the Freemen. I Let me remind you that when the office of Homeland Security published a report on the threat posed by these groups, congressional conservatives threw a hissy-fit. Despite the politicking of the congressional Republicans the threat posed by right-wing extremists is all too real, as illustrated by this assassination, and the similar incident where a gunman began firing into a crowd in a Unitarian Church in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church with the intention of killing liberals. The 90s saw a spurt of right-wing extremist violence. My guess is that the election Obama will galvanize a new group of extremists.
The campaign of Christianists against Dr. Tiller has been long and ongoing. They've previously vandalized his clinic and shot both his arms (for a more full walk-through of the Tiller campaign, click here and scroll down). The campaign of terror waged by Christianists forces against late term abortion providers has generally been successful, and Dr. Tiller was one of the last. Late term abortion is morally repugnant, and it seems acceptable if the a legislature or the Supreme Court wanted to take action to limit it. What is not acceptable is what has happened: the use of violence by a narrow band of extremists to impose their opinions on society.