Update: Abortion Doctor Gunned Down

The attorney for George Tiller says the late-term abortion provider was shot and killed at his church in Wichita, Kan.

Attorney Dan Monnat says Tiller was shot as he served as an usher during Sunday morning services at Reformation Lutheran Church. Monnat said Tiller's wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.

The clinic run by the 67-year-old doctor has repeatedly been the site of protests for about two decades.

A protester shot Tiller in both arms in 1993, and his clinic was bombed in 1985.

Capt. Brent Allred said police were looking for a gunman who fled in a 1993 light blue Ford Taurus registered in Merriam.

No other details about the shooting were immediately released.

Previous story from the AP:

Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at his church in Wichita, a city official said.

A City Hall official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the case told The Associated Press that the 67-year-old doctor was killed Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Police spokesman Gordon Bassham would not confirm the victim's identity pending notification of relatives. He said the shooting occurred at 10:03 a.m. and the gunman fled the scene in a 1993 powder blue Ford Taurus registered in another part of the state.

Bassham said no suspects were in custody. He said it is not clear whether one or more suspects were involved.

Capt. Brent Allred said police were looking for a gunman who fled in a 1993 light blue Ford Taurus registered in Merriam.

Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued a statement denouncing the shooting.

Tiller has been among the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions. His clinic has repeatedly been the site of protests for about two decades and he was shot and wounded in both arms by a protester in 1993.

He remained prominent in the news in recent years, in part because of an investigation begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.

Prosecutors had alleged that Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, but a jury in March acquitted him of all 19 misdemeanor counts against him.

Abortion opponents also questioned then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' ties to Tiller before the Senate confirmed her this year as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. Tiller donated thousands of dollars to Sebelius over the years.

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  • by Glenn Beck is my Homeboy on Jun 7, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Matt-God doesn't kill babies? The flood? I think you might be in denial. We are all born with sin Matt, so babies are guilty as soon as they are born.
  • by CCW Location: Washington, NC on Jun 6, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    To Mpther & Grandmother in Williamston: I find the last statement of your post very interesting. I guess I am one of the holy, righteous, full of crap people you are referring to. I have to know: If everyone that posted here was in agreement with you, would you have made that statement and if not, is that your response to anyone that disagrees with you?
  • by Joe Location: Beargrass on Jun 6, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Murder is wrong. how many babies did this guy kill?
  • by Kat on Jun 6, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Ya know I really don't care if someone has seen the worst and still had that child. That is their choice. As long as we still have the choices then I'm happy. But quit trying to shove your beliefs of pro-life down everyones throats with new laws to ban it. It won't stop it. I can tell you there are too many ways for the woman to cause a miscarriage if they really didn't want to have the child. There should not be a law taking woman's choices away. And yes I would call that another law that is based on the bible and religion which is not supposed to happen anyways. We already have laws based on the bible and religion that should be overruled because that is supporting one thing over another rather than letting each party have the freedom of their own beliefs.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    Nathan, you are confusing and I believe confused all together. Killing is wrong peroid. God doesn't kill. The Bible does say these children were known before they were in their mother's womb. Also it does say to die is to gain (if you live right) and all babies live right. Let's all just live together and stop the killing.
  • by Nathan Location: Chocowinity on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    First, God kills babies Himself - SIDS is just one of many examples. Second, if you're pro life to the point of wanting to see abortion doctors killed, you don't deserve to have daughters, at the very least, if you think women should be reduced to birthing mules. All that being said, it's messed up where people who can have kids don't want them and people who can't, can't get them. Seems to me they ought to be able to put 2 and 2 together. I'm all for outlawing abortion, but only so long as the government is willing to support the children 100%, either through relocation or by assisted care. I firmly believe parenthood should not be forced on women, but the choice should be to keep it or give it up, not keep or kill. If a guy gets a girl pregnant and she keeps it, he has a responsibility; if the Church/State want to ban abortions, they need to accept the responsibility of that new life, not use morality to keep the poor poorer. This isn't a problem for the wealthy.
  • by Crystal AKA Bible Thumper Location: Vanceboro on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    I know that going to church doesn't make you a Christian. Usually when someone is in a position to serve in a church they are held accountable to a certain standard. With all the media hype I am sure it was no secret he was an abortionist. How could a church in good conscious let him serve as an usher? My prayers to his family and the family of the gunman. Yes abortion is wrong under all circumstances, and yes I can say that with certainty because I have been under the worst, so don't go telling me not to judge until I have been there. There is no clause, or disclosure in the Bible that says murder is ok under certain circumstances. If you don't believe in the Bible, than just move along, I have no reason to argue my point with you. The abortionist is wrong, the "mother" is wrong, and the gunman is wrong, but Jesus forgives, that's the best part. Oh btw for all of you that scream about rape when abortions are performed. Less than 10% of abortions are performed on rape victims,look it up
  • by Curious Location: Wayne Co. on Jun 5, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    How does anyone's murder become the catalyst for a debate about religion? Why is this the forum for you to disparage a life that was brutally taken? If you believe abortion is wrong, it is. If you believe murder is wrong, it is. You cannot condone one and praise the other. Basic huumanity should cause you to mourn on both sides of this tragedy, not pass judgement. I pray, I never have to make a decision as painful as this. I know those who have, I watched them come to terms with a MD dx and do the unthinkable. I have not and will never judge her for that choice. Why should you? I do not have the authority,the ability, or the desire to pass judgement on any life. Where did all the humanity go?
  • by stephanie Location: chocowinity on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    ok so the man performed abortions, but as we all forgot this country until other wise reversed is a woman's right to choose country. so my question is why kill the doctor, does not the women who make the CHOICE need to be held accountable for their OWN actions?! Unless an individual plans to raise the child of an woman considering abortion, they should mind their businees. And to the bible thumpers, no one was perfect expect Jesus!!!!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    TO DWAYNE AND LEA . thank you both!!! you said it right. thank you

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