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Debunking Troy Newman
“Then He told them, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2: 27
“Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” Mark 3:2
Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman was the first pro-life voice to publicly condemn Scott Roeder for killing George Tiller. This week Troy posted a commentary on the George Tiller killing which I shall address; the full copy is at the end of this paper. I shall focus on this particular incident as it is overwhelming to crank in all the variables which might apply to other situations.
Mr. Newman’s commentary George Tiller Was No Hero - And Neither Was Scott Roeder tells us how evil Dr. George Tiller was. Tiller managed to escape 30 criminal charges “on dubious jurisdictional grounds.” Two months before Tiller was killed he was acquitted of 19 criminal charges. Mr. Newman, is sure that the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts would have stripped Tiller of his license to practice medicine because he had no valid 2nd doctors signature on the abortion consent forms. Troy is sure Tiller would have been forced into retirement. Many following the story are doubtful. Apparently Scott Roeder did not share Troy’s confidence.
Though Troy dogged George Tiller for years pursuing every legal channel to get him to stop his killing spree; George Tiller was closer to becoming Surgeon General of the United States than losing his license to kill. Tiller had invested his money wisely in purchasing politicians. His infamy is remarkable! He was more of a symbol than a man; he was a darling of the Obama administration and hero and champion of the baby-killing industry.
Mr. Newman writes: “Those who argue for Roeder's hero status claim that his action closed Tiller's clinic and saved lives. However, we firmly believe that it would have been closed within months anyway, and without the murder that blackened the eye of peaceful efforts and set back work to close clinics in other areas. Roeder didn't help the pro-life movement. He hurt it.”
How many babies do you suppose Tiller kills in those months of waiting?
Mr. Newman might argue that the women seeking abortion from Tiller would go somewhere else. Even if 100% of the aborting mothers went somewhere else Mr. Roeder was justified in his effort to stop Tiller from killing their children. If someone is hell bent on killing their unborn child there is little that can be done to stop them. Our “rule of law” allows for their mass destruction. It does not change the fact that abortion is murder under a color of law, under a pretense of medicine and choice. A heroic effort might be futile, but it might also save lives. Experienced counselors know that 25% of those who are turned away from abortion appointments do not abort. George Tiller’s baby disassembly line is shut down FOR GOOD!
Mr. Newman’s real concern is the black eye Mr. Roeder gives the “Pro-life Movement.” Is the Pro-life Movement so fragile that it cannot take a little beating? What is a black eye compared to a dismembered body?
Mr. Newman writes: "Violence cannot be the answer to humanity's problems. When the law is taken into the hands of the individual, whether it is an abortionist who thinks he is above the law or a troubled man looking for his 15 minutes of fame, everyone suffers and no one is safe."
Mr. Newman does Mr. Roeder a disservice to by accusing him of vainglory rather than love of God and of his pre-born neighbor. I see no vainglory in Mr. Roeder’s actions. We should all be “troubled” by Tiller’s killing spree, and the “rule of law” which permits, protects, and promotes it. Mr. Roeder was not acting “above the law;” baby-killing is so far beneath the law, that anything done to stop it is justifiable.
The Concentration Camps set up by the Nazis conformed to Germany’s “rule of law,” does Mr. Newman not believe that George Tiller was committing similar crimes against humanity? If he does not, his opinions about the unborn are too low. He does not have a high enough regard for their lives. Does Mr. Newman value the “rule of law” over human life? Man is not made for government, government is made for man. When government is used for evil ends its laws are tyranny.
Mr. Newman writes: "When the law is taken into the hands of the individual, … everyone suffers and no one is safe." Mr. Newman is confusing vigilantism with defensive action. We do not advocate vigilantism. It is unlawful and unjust for an individual to execute vengeance, even when it is denied under a color of law.
“Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
God clearly assigns vengeance to civil government (Romans 13:1-6). Defensive action is a right and a duty for everyone.
Scott Roeder did not kill George Tiller for the 60,000 people he had killed; he killed George Tiller to prevent him from killing again! In my opinion, Scott Roeder committed Justifiable Homicide in killing George Tiller. Some argue that Mr. Roeder’s motives might include vengeance. His trial did not explore that possibility but suppose this were true. Mr. Roeder was still justified in killing George Tiller to prevent him from killing again.
As law professor Herb Titus points out the U.S. Supreme Court cannot legislate, it cannot enact laws. Abortion is not lawful even if it WERE enacted by our Legislatures. We cannot lawfully murder the innocent.
American Jurisprudence was not going to end George Tiller’s killing spree. Like Goliath of old, Tiller withstood all attacks that Mr. Newman’s paper army could muster. Many of those who followed the Tiller story understood that Mr. Newman ran out of powder and shot 3 months before Tiller’s death. Mr. Newman is desperately reaching by having us believe that he had one shot left: Tiller’s medical license was in jeopardy?
I simply don’t believe that is true. Why would the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts pull Tiller’s medical license when Tiller was acquitted of these charges?
I was not involved in Mr. Newman’s admirable efforts to have George Tiller prosecuted. I merely followed the story reading Mr. Newman’s daily reports. There were frequent disappointments in bringing him to justice. It appears to me, and probably Mr. Roeder, that George Tiller was in little danger of loosing his medical license.
But even if Tiller’s medical license were taken away, I am told he was bringing in outside help. He could have relied on the medical licenses of this help to continue his baby-killing operation.
David ended Goliath’s boasts with one shot to the braincase. Tiller’s death camp closed the week he was killed. I believe God rose up Scott Roeder for this deed.
While Troy Newman is bemoaning Goliath’s death; I say “Thank you Jesus!”
Dan Holman, Missionaries to the Pre-born, Iowa
P.O. Box 135
Keokuk, Iowa 52632
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Troy Newman’s commentary in its entirety is posted below:
George Tiller Was No Hero - And Neither Was Scott Roeder
February 2, 2010
- A commentary by Operation Rescue
Wichita, KS - Since the murder of late-term abortionist George Tiller by confessed killer Scott Roeder there have been efforts by their perspective supporters to paint each as a hero.
After Tiller's death, there has been a concerted effort to shine up his image, a transformation that is a remarkable one. Prior to the shooting last May, Tiller's official mug shot often stood as a backdrop to evening news stories concerning America's most notorious late-term abortionist. Today we see only a "glamour shot" of an airbrushed man pictured in diffused light that lends an almost saintly quality to his portrait.
A recent report in GQ Magazine put it this way:
But George Tiller is dead, and speaking of the dead makes people careful. But also because by now the small community of people around George Tiller knew the first rule was to deny the enemy any source material.
Once they got their hands on something, they could do anything they wanted with it. They could isolate a quote like a strand of DNA and then make up a whole new organism around it. George Tiller's friends knew that one of their jobs was to protect him, in death as in life.
And so began the remaking of the image of the man known around the world as "Tiller the Killer."
But the reality of who George Tiller was - at least professionally - comes in the anguished stories of women and families who made the mistake of seeking out his unique services for three decades in the nondescript beige building on the corner of Kellogg and Bleckley in this isolated Midwestern community.
Tiller was no hero to those women.
There was the adoptive family of Baby Sarah, who was delivered in the parking lot of a local hospital after Tiller botched an attempted late-term abortion in 1993. He had attempted to inject Sarah's hear with potassium chloride to begin the abortion, but missed and injected her brain instead. Although doctors said Sarah would not survive eight weeks, under the loving care of her new family she lived for five years. Tiller's attack on Sarah impaired her growth and left her brain damaged, blind, and unable to walk. A family member noted at her memorial service that Tiller succeeded in killing little Sarah, but it took him five years to do it.
Then there was the family of a baby girl we call "Baby Chelsea." Having been prenatally diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Chelsea's young parents heeded the advice of their doctor and paid a visit to Tiller's abortion clinic in 1998. Her tiny heart was injected with poison and Chelsea was delivered feet first. Tiller punctured the base of Chelsea's skull and evacuated the contents. Her head collapsed and slid from the birth canal.
Following the abortion, George Tiller baptized Chelsea, wrapped her in a blanket, and presented her to her parents for viewing, commenting that, "Your baby was a very efficient parasite." Tiller then snapped Polaroid photos of the parents and their dead child, which now are carefully tucked away in a photo album cherished by a regretful mother. As she held her baby's body, fluids and blood from the incision at the base of the skull began to leak down her arm. "I felt like my life was draining down my arm," she remarked later. The abortion of her daughter continues to haunt Chelsea's mother today.
Christin A. Gilbert was a happy-go-lucky, loving teenager with Down Syndrome who was especially known for her enthusiastic hugs. She loved sports, having won a gold medal in her hometown Special Olympics. She served as batgirl and the inspiration behind her high school's state championship girls' softball team.
Tragically, Christin's world came crashing down when she was sexually assaulted in 2004. The abuse resulted in a pregnancy that was not discovered by her family until Christin's tummy was swollen with child. Christin was taken from her Texas home to Tiller's Wichita clinic for a risky third-trimester abortion, which was done by one of Tiller's hirelings, abortionist LeRoy Carhart of Nebraska who worked part-time for Tiller in Kansas.
Carhart, who had a documented history of botched abortions, bungled Christin's abortion and she died horribly as a result. Delays in calling 911 likely contributed to her death. While Tiller was not the abortionist of record, he served as the clinic's owner and Medical Director. Responsibility for Christin's death, in the opinion of Operation Rescue and others, rested directly on his shoulders.
Disciplinary action was sought through the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, but was dismissed by a corrupt board run by Larry Buening, one of Tiller's best friends. A grand jury was hampered by a district attorney's office that misled them as to the scope of their investigatory powers. They reluctantly failed to indict.
Tiller had made a lot of money in the late-term abortion business and liked to spread it around to politicians who could protect him. His ProKanDo PAC was once the largest political action committee in Kansas. His largess earned him an invitation to the Governor's mansion where he and his staff were entertained by then Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who now serves as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Phill Kline was blocked every step of the way in his investigations into abortion industry wrongdoing. Time fails us to list the events that led to the travesty of justice that occurred by the State's failure to prosecute 30 criminal charges that were brought by Kline only to be dismissed on dubious jurisdictional grounds. (Read a time line of events for a clearer picture of the often-complex efforts to bring Tiller to justice.)
A Legislative committee considered a subpoena for Kline's documents so that the truth about the horrific and illegal nature of Tiller's late-term abortion business could finally see the light of day, but no subpoenas were ever issued. Six months later, an interim legislative committee convened to hold hearings about late-term abortions in Kansas. Those hearings produced little fruit.
However, during that hearing, Michelle Armesto-Berge came forward and testified of her appalling late-term abortion experience at Tiller's in 2003, where she received an unwanted abortion after being coerced by her mother. Armesto said that because she was late for her appointment, the abortion began before she was allowed to sign her consent forms. She never saw the second physician that was required for all post-viability abortions and was shocked to learn that her 26-week old baby was falsely diagnosed as "non-viable" to avoid the second physician law, even though she and her baby were perfectly healthy.
Finally, in June, 2007, Tiller was charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of committing illegal late-term abortions without the second signature of an unaffiliated Kansas physician. Buening and his cohorts were forced to resign in disgrace from the KSBHA, and were replaced with a Board that eventually moved to revoke Tiller's medical license.
While those cases wound their way through the legal system, Operation Rescue learned of another botched abortion patient who was willing to tell her story from her hospital bed. Patient S. sought an abortion at Tiller's in September, 2008. It was almost the last thing she ever did.
Patient S. has told of her abortion where she contracted a fever of 104 degrees and was held in a room against her will for four hours, sick and without care. Tiller attempted to send her away - even though her abortion was in progress - because she expressed displeasure with the way she was being treated. When she finally received the abortion, she suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest. She developed an infection from a dirty oxygen mask used during the medical emergency. After being revived, Patient S. was taken to the hospital in Tiller's private vehicle and was told to keep her IV bag down so that protesters would not see it. To add to the emotional pain, Patient S. told Operation Rescue that she felt her baby move just prior to the abortion and is convinced that her baby was alive. If true, her abortion would have been illegal.
In March, 2009, Tiller was acquitted of the 19 criminal charges during a trial that took the jury less than 25 minutes to decide. But within minutes of that verdict, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, newly under the direction of Jack Confer, issued a statement that the Board was proceeding with eleven similar charges that could have led to the revocation of Tiller's medical license. Confer assured the public that the KSBHA worked under a different burden of proof than the criminal courts and that the outcome of the criminal case would have no effect on the KSBHA's case.
The timing and content of that release sent a strong message to the community that they could expect a different outcome from the KSBHA case. That message, along with indications that Tiller had taken steps to disband ProKanDo prior to his criminal trial and other intelligence gathered by Operation Rescue, led to the logical conclusion that either Tiller would soon have his license stripped by the KSBHA, or that he would retire in order to avoid the humiliation of revocation. We were cautiously optimistic that Tiller's infamous late-term abortion mill would be closed within months - through peaceful, legal means.
Then came Scott Roeder, who acted in frustration borne out of ignorance. He was either unaware or did not understand that the KSBHA was about to act. He shot and killed Tiller on May 31, 2009, claiming that all legal avenues had been exhausted and that his action was necessary to save the lives of pre-born babies. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
While a handful of radicals that move on the fringes of a movement that abhors violence say otherwise, Roeder was no hero.
In spite of the delays and a government laced with corruption, the system was working. The KSBHA was about to act. Roeder was further ignorant that Patient S. had obtained legal counsel and was within weeks of filing a civil suit against Tiller for her botched abortion injuries that could have devastated him financially. Maybe Roeder was also unaware that in the past five years, Tiller's late-term abortion business had dropped by 54 percent. Fewer babies were dying while many, many more were being saved by peaceful activism that respected life and law.
Before Tiller's death, the pro-life movement was making giant leaps toward correcting the faulty public perception that abortionists were victims and the pro-lifers were the villains. Americans were starting to see the truth that abortionists are the real victimizers who operate as if they are above the law. Roeder changed that. After Tiller's murder, there was a slight drop in the polls that gauged pro-life sentiment. In the first weeks after the killing, people were afraid to call themselves pro-life, lest they be lumped in with the likes of Roeder.
Those who argue for Roeder's hero status claim that his action closed Tiller's clinic and saved lives. However, we firmly believe that it would have been closed within months anyway, and without the murder that blackened the eye of peaceful efforts and set back work to close clinics in other areas.
Roeder didn't help the pro-life movement. He hurt it.
Violence cannot be the answer to humanity's problems. When the law is taken into the hands of the individual, whether it is an abortionist who thinks he is above the law or a troubled man looking for his 15 minutes of fame, everyone suffers and no one is safe.
Certainly Tiller was no hero despite efforts to airbrush his bloody legacy, but neither was Scott Roeder. END
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