George Tiller, a doctor who performed abortions, was shot and killed while serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. And the worst part is that the gunman is still at large.
This wasn’t the first time he’d been the target of violence by anti-abortionists. A few years ago, his clinic was vandalized and he was wounded when another anti-abortionist fanatic shot at him. He’s also had to deal with ongoing harassment.
It’s a terrible tragedy what happened in Wichita this day. But some good can still come from it. Feministe has blogged several links to pro-choice organizations that you can donate to in honor of Dr. Tiller.
Another related news item is that PZ Myers has reported about Mike Reagan, who is giving away free copies of a book, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, written by (or maybe ghost-written for) his father, Ronald Reagan. PZ’s recommendation:
Everyone order a copy, they’re free; suck the money away from these enablers of killers, and put another copy of their trash into the trash.
Now PZ goes further than I would. Even when I get my hands on a copy of some awful book, I have enough trouble throwing it in the trash or burning it given the associations attached to it. And I have an even harder time encouraging others to willfully destroy books. But I get no such negative associations with recommending rational people order up the books for themselves. What you wish to do with them after that is you own business.
UPDATE: The shooter has been allegedly caught: