It was just over a week ago that Dr. George Tiller was murdered and today his family announced that the clinic he operated in Kansas would be shutting down permanently:
The Wichita clinic of slain abortion provider George Tiller will be “permanently closed,” his family said Tuesday.
Operations at Women’s Health Care Services Inc. had been suspended since Tiller’s death May 31. In a statement released by his attorneys, Tiller’s family said it will close, effective immediately.
Randall Terry, who founded the original Operation Rescue group, responded to news that Tiller’s clinic would remain closed with, “Good riddance.” He said history would remember Tiller’s clinic as it remembers Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps.
“What set him apart is that he killed late-term babies,” Terry said. “If his replacement was going to continue to kill late-term children, the protests would continue, the investigations would continue, the indictments would continue.”
In the days that followed, right-wing anti-choice activists were lamenting that Tiller’s murder would undermine their cause, warning that “pro-abortion activists and politicians to use this tragedy to manipulate public opinion or our laws,” and saying that Tiller was murdered because anti-choice activists feel “helpless” and under attack.
But what has been most remarkable about this is the way that the Right has tried to use Tiller’s murder to claim that they are being victimized:
Operation Rescue will not stand by and act as if this organization’s Pro-Life message has been silenced by Mr. Roeder’s egregious act and insidious statements. Operation Rescue will continue to advocate for the sanctity of human life, born and unborn.
While Operation Rescue recognizes the Obama Administration’s endeavor of protection of abortion providers we caution that this protection should not be used as a ruse to conduct a witch-hunt against the Pro-Life movement. Neither persecution nor adulteration of the rule of law can be tolerated pursuant to this sad event.
Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright made a similar complaint:
Late Friday afternoon, the DOJ made it clear that it believes other individuals or groups may have been involved in Tiller’s shooting on Sunday, May 31. The agency’s press release stated it will “work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law.” (See earlier story)
Is it a legitimate investigation — or a political payoff from the Obama administration to the pro-abortion movement? Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, believes politics could be a motive. But she suspects there may be more behind the announced investigation than meets the eye.
“This may be more of a nefarious effort than it appears on its face,” she exclaims, “that in fact, the Department of Justice may be trying to smear pro-lifers, as if we all belong in the same camp, as if we all advocate violence, when it’s [actually] just the opposite.”
You really have to marvel at the Right’s ability to take the cold-blooded murder of the man they routinely demonized as the incarnation of the absolute wickedness of abortion and turn it into a pity party for themselves.